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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.


Ono Breakthrough Initiative in Chemical Biology
Deadline: January 17, 2020
Amount: five awards of $1,035,000 for three years of support

We are pleased to announce the U has been invited to submit two faculty nominees for the Ono Pharma Foundation Breakthrough Science Initiative.  For 2020 the Initiative is focused only on the field of Chemical Biology Research, broadly defined as research that deals with the interface between chemistry and biology.

The Foundation anticipates making five awards of $1,035,000 for three years of support (including direct and indirect costs). Interested faculty are encouraged to review the internal application criteria and apply via Infoready before January 17, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified quickly, to allow for submission of final nomination materials to the Foundation by February 20, 2020. Successful projects will be funded and begin Fall of 2020.

The goal of the Initiative is to accelerate researcher-driven open innovation by supporting high-risk and high-reward science research projects which have potential to lead to science discoveries/solutions and, possibly, based on further research, to breakthrough treatments for patients.

Please contact Chris Ostrander to learn more.


National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research – Call for LOI
Deadline: February 4, 2020

The mission of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR) is to fund and disseminate nonpartisan scientific research that offers the public and policymakers a factual basis for developing fair and effective gun policies. NCGVR seeks to fund research that will produce scientific knowledge that can be used to save lives and reduce injuries due to gun violence while minimizing harms to gun owners and other stakeholders

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Retirement Research Foundation: LOI’s for Projects in Aging
Deadline: March 15, 2020
Amount: Up to $200,000

The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues, supporting advocacy, services, trained professionals, and other solutions to assist the elderly. RRF’s Responsive Grants program supports projects in the following major areas: Advocacy, Professional Education and Training, Research, and Direct Service. The program is increasing their funding scope to the following priority areas: Caregiving, Housing, Economic Security in Later Life, and Social & Intergenerational Connectedness.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Investigator Awards
Deadline: March 18, 2020
Amount: Approx. $7M over seven years

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is seeking to appoint approximately 20 new investigators through a national open competition. This effort will expand HHMI’s community of nearly 300 investigators who perform basic biological research across the nation.

HHMI investigators receive a seven-year appointment, renewable pending favorable scientific review. HHMI encourages investigators to push their research fields into new areas of inquiry. Investigators are employees of HHMI and receive salary and benefits from the Institute. Investigators are provided generous financial support for research as well as access to capital equipment funds. Appointments involve a collaborative agreement with the investigator’s host institution, where the researcher holds a concurrent appointment and the research is performed.

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Last Updated: 4/13/21