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Corporate Funding Opportunities

PIVOT Center works with companies to thoroughly understand their R&D goals and match them to research goals of the appropriate faculty members at the University of Utah. PIVOT’s Corporate Engagement team works across all schools and units to facilitate partnerships and offer expertise on identifying opportunities that include grant funding, sponsored research and creating strategic corporate partnerships. PIVOT also provides guidance to faculty for successful stewardship. Please contact Sadhna Kohli (Director of Corporate Engagement) for more information regarding these opportunities, or if you have any questions.


Nature Research: Faculty Innovation Award
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: September 15, 2021
The Global Grants for Gut Health is a competitive program for investigator-initiated research into the human gut microbiota, supported by Yakult and Nature Research. In 2021, the Global Grants for Gut Health will consider proposals for one-year research projects that advance understanding of the role of the early life microbiome in human health.

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Sony: Faculty Innovation Award
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Global research and development at Sony enables us to foster innovative ideas, which could ultimately lead to future technology advancements and company growth. In order to speed up and expand the creation of new ideas, we would like to partner with universities. This partnership will help cultivate advanced concepts and fertilize our own research and development

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Sony: Focused Research Award
Amount: $150,000
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Solid research is the underlying driving force to crystallize fearless creativity and innovation. While we are committed to run in-house research and engineering, we are also excited to collaborate with academic partners to facilitate exploration of new and promising research. The Sony Focused Research Award provides an opportunity for university faculty and Sony to conduct this type of collaborative, focused research. The award provides up to $150K USD* in funds, and may be renewed for subsequent year(s).

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation: Veterans Lead QuickFire Challenge
Amount: Up to $250,000
Deadline: September 17, 2021
J&J is interested in ideas that aim to directly address the unique health care needs of the military community, which include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic and musculoskeletal disease
  • Physical trauma management
  • Respiratory health
  • Vision loss

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Facebook PhD Fellowship Program
Amount: Tuition and fees paid for up to two years + $42,000 annual stipend
Deadline: September 20, 2021
Projects that will be considered for Facebook support will focus in any of twenty-two discrete areas of research including:

  • Applied Statistics
  • AR/VR
  • Database Systems
  • Networking
  • Privacy and Data Use
  • Security and Privacy
  • Additional areas of interest

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Pfizer: ADVANCE - Global Awards for Advancing Chronic Pain Research
Amount: Up to US $150,000
Deadline: September 22, 2021
ADVANCE is a competitive awards program and will provide a unique opportunity for Pfizer Inc. to support chronic pain research at medical and research institutions throughout the world.

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 Pfizer: Optimizing Patient Access to CDK 4/6 Inhibitors in the Armamentarium Against Metastatic Breast Cancer
Amount: $250,000
Deadline: September 27, 2021
The goal is to close gaps in care so that all HR+/HER2- mBC patients have equal access to this therapeutic option. All patients should have access to the same high quality of care as delivered by academic or NCI-designated cancer centers.

The intent of this RFP is to increase healthcare professionals’ knowledge and understanding of the clinical trial and real world evidence for the CDK 4/6i class.

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Biogen: Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Amount: Up to $250,000.00
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Biogen funding is intended to support multi-modal programs (i.e. with live/virtual and/or enduring components) which include a minimum of 3 activities that:

  • Educate and increase disease awareness of SMA among members of the multidisciplinary care team involved in the management of SMA, with a focus on the orthopedic and biomechanical complications of disease, including overall bone health, scoliosis, and complex spine considerations
  • Education on the current therapeutic options that exist in SMA, and the importance of providing individualized care to patients with SMA, tailored to their unique clinical needs
  • Education on emerging research, best practice recommendations, and consensus guidelines for the multidisciplinary management of patients with SMA of varying genotypes and phenotypes across the lifespan

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Microsoft: AI for Earth Grant Program
Amount: $5-15K Azure credits
Deadline: October 4, 2021
AI for Earth awards grants to support projects that use AI to change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems.

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Pfizer: PARP-inhibitor Combination Treatments in Prostate Cancer
Amount: $250,000
Deadline: October 13, 2021

 Projects that will be considered for Pfizer support will focus on:

  • Increasing the understanding of the mechanism of action, biological and clinical rationale for PARP-inhibitor combinations as potential treatments for prostate cancer. Projects focusing on PARP-inhibitor combinations with androgen receptor targeted therapies are of high interest.
  • The evolving paradigm of the potential treatment of mCRPC with future PARP inhibitor combinations.

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Johnson & Johnson, Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies
Amount: up to $100,000
Deadline: October 15, 2021
To inspire innovators to bring potentially groundbreaking unit dose packaging options to the market – with a focus on child-resistant, user-friendly, non-reclosable designs - Johnson & Johnson Innovation together with the packaging innovation team within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. is launching the Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies. Potential innovations can include both solids (tablets, capsules and powders) and liquids (solutions and suspensions) in unit-dose formats (e.g. blisters, sachets and stick packs). Primary and secondary packaging or combination of the two are in scope of the challenge.

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Johnson & Johnson: Women in STEM2D Scholars Program (WiSTEM2D Scholars Program)
Amount $150,000.00
Deadline: October 15, 2021
The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Program aims to fuel the development of female STEM²D leaders and feed the STEM²D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the STEM²D disciplines:

  1. science
  2. technology
  3. engineering
  4. mathematics
  5. manufacturing
  6. design

The awards will fund one woman per discipline who has completed her advanced degree, who is working as an assistant professor and who is not yet tenured at an accredited university or design institution. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM²D fields.

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Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Discovery Awards
Amount: Dependent upon level and duration of funding that’s appropriate for proposed research. Costs will need to be justified in grant application.
Deadline: November 11, 2021 by 5pm GMT
This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Research can be in any discipline – including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), experimental medicine, humanities and social science, clinical/allied health sciences, and public health – as long as it has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing, and aligns with Wellcome’s funding remit.

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Cancer Research Institute: Technology Impact Award
Amount: Up to $200,000
Deadline: LOI Due November 15, 2021
The Cancer Research Institute Technology Impact Award provides seed funding to address the gap between technology development and clinical application of cancer immunotherapies. These grants aim to encourage collaboration between technology developers and clinical cancer immunologists and to generate the proof-of-principle of a novel platform technology in bioinformatics, ex vivo or in silico modeling systems, immunological or tumor profiling instrumentation, methods, reagents and assays, or other relevant technologies that can enable clinician scientists to generate deeper insights into the mechanisms of action of effective or ineffective cancer immunotherapies.

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Bayer: Clinical Research Award – Hemophilia
Amount: $75,000
Deadline: LOI due November 30, 2021
This award will provide funds to undertake a clinical research project in the bleeding disorders field. Focus areas for such projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Microbleeds
  • Subclinical bleeds
  • Joint pain
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Role of FVIII vs. non-FVIII replacement therapy
  • Lab monitoring, etc.

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Bayer: Basic Research Award – Hemophilia
Amount: $75,000
Deadline: LOI due November 30, 2021
This award will provide funds to undertake a basic research project in the bleeding disorders field. Focus areas for such projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Role of FVIII outside of coagulation
  • Inhibitors
  • Immunogenicity
  • Lab monitoring research and applications.

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Bayer: Fellowship Project Award – Hemophilia
Amount: $80,000
Deadline: LOI due November 30, 2021
This award is intended to facilitate the development of clinical and research expertise in the field of hemophilia for applicants who have completed medical training and have an interest in pursuing a career as a hemophilia clinician. The award will support a mentored physician for one year, who will be expected to undertake a research project as well as clinical training.

The criteria by which applications will be judged include:

  • Merit of applicant and approach
  • Design and rationale of research project
  • Design and rationale of the proposed clinical training program.
  • Potential for successful development of the applicant as a clinical expert in the treatment of hemophilia
  • Mentor and learning environment.
  • Commitment of applicant and mentor to hemophilia

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American Heart Association: Career Development Award
Amount: $231,000/3 years
Deadline: December 6, 2021
Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals, in the early years of one’s first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training necessary to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist.

The award will develop the research skills to support and greatly enhance the awardee’s chances to obtain and retain a high-quality career position.

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Expanded Temperature Ranges for Adhesives
Amount: Funding for 6 -12 months to develop concept, validate and refine materials, and transfer learnings to Sponsor
Deadline: Open
Residential homes in North America currently use 13.5 billion square feet of asphalt shingles, which are usually installed from spring through late fall. Once the temperature drops below 4 C°, current adhesives used to hold down asphalt shingles fail to properly adhere. As a result, shingles may be blown loose before an extended period of warmth allows the adhesive to properly bind the shingles together. The objective of this request is to find alternative chemistries or processes that would allow roofing installations later into the year.

Potential solutions from adjacent industries are of significant interest, including novel materials, innovations in manufacturing processes and engineering solutions. Possible partnerships include contract research, providing grant monies, or other forms of investment.

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Last Updated: 8/30/21