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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 Lynn Wong, 801-587-1066 if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below, or on the CFR Funding Opportunity website.


Russell Sage: Social, Political, and Economic Equality
Amount: Up to $175,000
Deadline: Noon on November 11, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the factors that contribute to social, political and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including educational access, job opportunities, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage within and across generations. Funding can be used for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. This round, the foundation is especially interested in research on the social, political, economic, and psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: 2021 Clinical Scientist Development Award
Amount: $495,000 over 3 years
Deadline: November 13, 2020 (pre-proposal applications)

Pre-proposal applications are being sought from physician scientists in their first faculty position conducting clinical research in any disease area. Approximately 12-18 grants of up to $495,000 each over 3 years ($150,000 direct cost and $15,000 indirect costs per year) will be awarded to early-career physician scientists (MD, MD/PhD, DO or foreign equivalent degree) at the Instructor or Assistant Professor rank working at US degree-granting institutions to support clinical research that will enable their transition to independent research funding.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice
Amount: Up to $250,000
Deadline: November 24, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

The goal of this Policies for Action call for proposals is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can decrease racial inequities in health and well-being in the United States. Research must: (1) focus on studying the potential impact of a specific federal, state, or local policy; (2) be intentional about maintaining a focus on racial equity and racial justice in its processes and outcomes; (3) use principles of equitable evaluation; (4) incorporate meaningful and authentic community engagement into the work; and (5) advance community driven solutions that come from the groups of people most directly impacted by structural racism. The foundation also encourages, but does not require, that research examines the impact of policy changes on health and well-being outcomes. Methods and designs may include natural experiments; implementation research; microsimulation studies; randomized controlled trials; linkages and analyses of existing data sources; mixed-methods analyses; and qualitative research. Various data sources can be proposed to be analyzed, such as social service and other public records; restricted-access survey or administrative data; social media data; and marketing data. Preference will be given to investigators who already have access to any restricted-use data proposed, as well as data that is disaggregated by race/ethnicity and relevant subgroups. Investigators may also propose research that would serve as a continuation or supplement to other existing programs or research studies.

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Last Updated: 4/13/21