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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.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Community Solutions for Health Equity
Amount: Up to $300,000 over 3 years
Deadline: October 7, 2020 (letter of inquiry)

Community Solutions for Health Equity is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched in the summer of 2019. It is focused on elevating the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local health care systems in the United States are creating policy. Racism and bias are often at the root of communities of color and other communities being excluded from policy considerations, often by design. This program attempts to address those issues directly: by supporting communities to identify a problem that negatively affects consumers, envision solutions, and partner with health care systems to implement them.

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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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Last Updated: 4/13/21