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Corporate & Foundation Funding

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.


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — New Directions Fellowship
Internal Deadline: August 28, 2020
Amount: Up to $300,000

The U has been invited to submit a single nominee for consideration by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the New Directions Fellowship. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them2 most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.

Eligible candidates will be faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences between 2008 and 2014 and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study. It may take place either at fellows' home institutions or elsewhere, as appropriate. Although it is anticipated that many fellows will seek to acquire deeper knowledge of other fields within the broadly defined sphere of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, proposals to study disciplines farther afield are eligible.

The principal criteria for selection are:

  1. The overall significance of the research
  2. The case for the importance of extra-disciplinary training for furthering the research
  3. The likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed, and (4) a well‑developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time.

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XPRIZE -  Solutions for Rapid COVID Testing Competition
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Amount: Up to $5 million

The goal of XPRIZE Rapid Covid Testing Competition is to develop innovative, scalable COVID-19 testing solutions that will provide much needed insights to help society safely reopen. Winning teams will develop COVID-19 tests that are affordable and conduct a minimum of 500 tests per week at a live testing site within 60 days, and have the potential to scale their solutions to thousands of tests per week. Register by August 31 to participate.

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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Instrumentation Award Program
Deadline: September 4, 2020
Amount: Up to $180,000

The Beckman Foundation is offering support to advanced postdoctoral researchers working in the core areas of fundamental chemistry (i.e. chemical physics, chemical engineering, and chemistry of materials research) or working on the development and build of chemical instrumentation. Applicants must pursue training in an area of the chemical sciences that would likely not be eligible for funding by traditional chemical biology mechanisms (i.e. NIH-K award).

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Research to Advance Models of Care for Medicaid-Eligible Populations
Deadline: September 2, 2020
Amount: Up to $300,000

The goal of the program is to conduct original research and evaluate the extent to which health system models of care are advancing health equity for the Medicaid-eligible populations they serve. Projects may be generated from health systems—defined as facility-based provider organizations, or other provider organizations which primarily serve a high percentage of Medicaid-eligible individuals. Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private partners working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations.

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2021 Sloan Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 15, 2020
Amount: $75,000 over two years

The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. Successful candidates for a Fellowship generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future leaders in the scientific community. Nominated candidates are normally several years past the completion of their Ph.D. in order to accumulate a competitive record of independent, significant research. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, physics, or a related field.

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Last Updated: 4/13/21