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The University of Utah Corporate and Foundation Relations program can help build a relationship between you and potential private funding partners. Our team can advise on strategic approaches, arrange visits, review draft proposals and help translate ideas into fundable projects or programs. Please contact Chris Ostrander at 5-7220 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website. 

Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Collaborative Awards for Sex Differences in Autism Research 
Amount: Up to $8,000,000 over 3 years
Deadline: April 21, 2020

For this SFARI Collaboration, we welcome proposals that will use an array of modern technologies to examine sex differences in brain function, within and across species, including humans, to identify key differences in gene, cell and circuit function that account for the observed differential sensitivities of the two sexes to ASD. A successful Collaboration must enhance our understanding of the biological bases for sex-specific differences in ASD and set the stage for development of novel interventions.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — Grand Challenges 
Amount: Up to $2,000,000

Deadline: April 22, 2020

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is inviting grant proposals for the following Grand Challenges and Grand Challenges Explorations initiatives. 

Accelerating Discovery for Non-Hormonal Contraceptives: Grand Challenges seeks new approaches and concepts for the characterization of contraceptive drug targets, the identification of active contraceptive compounds, and the development of novel and impactful research tools with the potential to revolutionize the field of contraceptive R&D. Awards of up to USD $2 million for up to three years.

Improving Access to and Use of Safe and Appropriate Cesarean Section: Grand Challenges seeks ideas for interventions to address challenges related to cesarean section: increasing access to cesarean section where it is currently inadequate, increasing quality and safety of cesarean section to reduce iatrogenic harm to both mothers and newborns, and reducing rates of non-medically indicated cesarean section. 


  1. Seed Grants of $100K for up to 24 months: These grants are intended to provide proof of concept of an intervention that is entirely novel at small scale (e.g., single facility or district). 
  2. Validation Grants of $300K for up to 24 months: These grants are intended to demonstrate the feasibility of a single intervention or a combination of interventions at the scalable unit1 of a health system.

Innovations in Materials Science for a Transformative Menstrual Health and Hygiene Product: Grand Challenges Explorations seeks transformative and innovative ideas to support the design and development of a new menstrual health and hygiene product that meets key criteria of being responsive to user needs, focusing on discreetness, affordability, and sustainability. Awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees may have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD.

Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns: Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative solutions that accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of campaign-based delivery of health interventions. Awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees may have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD.

Facebook Research 
Amount: Up to $150,000

Deadline: May 6, 2020

Facebook is offering awards to researchers interested in exploring the societal issues of misinformation and polarization related to social communication technologies. The goal for these awards is to support the growth of the scientific community in these spaces and to contribute to a shared understanding across the broader industry on how social technology companies can better address social issues on their platforms. 

Proposals are encouraged with the following two emphases: 

  • Studies that draw on traditional social science methods like interviews, surveys, ethnographic observation, content analyses, and survey/behavioral experiments, or innovative mixed methodological approaches that combine these methods. 
  • Comparative research and inclusion of non-Western regions that have experienced a growth in social media platform use, including South and Central America, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, the Middle East, and Central, South, and Southeast Asia. Facebook encourages proposals from researchers, or collaborations with researchers, based in the country/countries being researched.

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William T. Grant Foundation — Reducing Inequality Research Grants
Deadline: May 6, 2020
Amount: Up to $600,000

The William T. Grant Foundation is inviting applications for its Research Grants on Reducing Inequality program. The program supports high-quality field-initiated studies from a range of disciplines and methodologies that are relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States. Through the program, grants of up to $600,000 over a period of up to three years will be awarded in support of major research designed to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices with the potential to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. Descriptive studies that clarify mechanisms for reducing inequality or elucidate how or why a specific program, policy, or practice operates to reduce inequality are welcomed.

The foundation prioritizes studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language, minority status, or immigrant origin. It also welcomes studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methodologies and encourages investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education. Competitive proposals often incorporate data from multiple sources and often involve multidisciplinary teams. In addition to financial support, grantees receive significant time and capacity-building resources from the foundation. Projects led by African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian Pacific American researchers are encouraged.

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Russell Sage Foundation — Social Science Research Grants
Deadline: May 21, 2020
Amount: Up to $175,000

The Russell Sage Foundation invites letters of inquiry for four of their core program areas: 

  • The program on Behavioral Economics supports research that uses insights and methods from psychology, economics, sociology, political science and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States
  • The Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration program is concerned with the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American.
  • The program in Social, Political, and Economic Inequality focuses on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions in the U.S., and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage
  • In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture, and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. 

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