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The  University of Utah 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 Lynn Marsella Wong  if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below. You may also find additional funding opportunities on  the foundation relations website.


W.M. Keck Foundation Internal Call for Concept Papers
Deadline: Friday, December 4th, 2020
Amount:$1,000,000

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking interdisciplinary and transformative project concepts for the W. M. Keck Foundation. Keck seeks to benefit humanity by supporting basic science projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in a field. Funding requests are for $1,000,000 in direct costs over three years. Larger budget requests and award extensions are not allowed. 

Please submit your idea using this template& the InfoReady site linked below. Submissions must be a single page. Please do not adjust font size, format, layout, or margins.

Please reach out to Lynn Wong  with any questions or to discuss applicability of an idea. 

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William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due January 13, 2021
Grant Amount: Major research grants range between $100,000 and $1,000,000. Officers’ research grants for smaller projects range from $5,000 to $50,000.

The William T. Grant Foundation seeks studies that identify, build, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth – especially improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems. The Foundation welcomes ideas from social scientists across a range of disciplines, fields, and methodologies that can advance their own disciplines and fields and reveal insights about ways to improve the production and use of research evidence. Measures also are needed to capture changes in the nature and degree of research use. They welcome investigations about research use in various systems, including justice, child welfare, mental health, and education. 

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William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due January 13, 2021
Grant Amount: Major research grants range between $100,000 and $600,000. Officers’ research grants for smaller projects range from $5,000 to $50,000. 



The William T. Grant Foundation seeks studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. The Foundation prioritizes studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. Proposals for studies are evaluated based on their fit with our interests in reducing inequality; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform change; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence. Across all of their programs, the Foundation strives to support a diverse group of researchers in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and seniority, and encourages research projects led by African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian Pacific American researchers. 

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The New York Stem Cell Foundation:  Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award 
Deadline: February 17, 2021
Grant Amount: $1.5 Million over 5 years

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator Awards to be used for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells. The goal of this initiative is to foster bold and innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells in the development of treatments for human disease. New this year, NYSCF has a renewed focus on supporting scientists who have just started their independent laboratories and strongly encourages candidates seeking to secure their first major grant funding as an independent investigator. 

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The New York Stem Cell Foundation:  Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Award
Deadline: February 17, 2021
Grant Amount: $1.5 Million over 5 years

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for awards in neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster innovative scientists whose pioneering approaches have the potential to transform the field of neuroscience. Applicants are invited to apply from all fields in neuroscience in the 2021 application cycle. The foundation especially encourages applications from neuroscientists whose research is focused on human systems. This might include research using patient-derived model systems and approaches using samples or data (genomic, epidemiological, imaging, real-world data, etc.) collected from individuals or human populations. The award provides up to $1.5 million over 5 years. The award does not provide institutional overhead.  

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Last Updated: 4/13/21