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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.


Pfizer: Addressing Knowledge Gaps on Biosimilar Use in Inflammatory Conditions
Amount: $150,000
Deadline: July 14,2021

Projects that will be considered for Pfizer support will focus on educational programs for healthcare professionals (HCPs) with focus on Biosimilars

included but not limited to:

  • Increasing understanding of biosimilar concepts and implementing practical approaches to educate patients and HCPs
  • Overcoming barriers to switching to biosimilars by HCPs
  • Improving the ability of healthcare professionals to discuss biosimilar options with their patients as part of shared-decision-making

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Facebook: Foundational Integrity Research: 2021 Misinformation and Polarization
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: July 14, 2021

Facebook is offering awards to global social science researchers interested in exploring the societal issues of misinformation and polarization related to social communication technologies. Funding will be provided for research proposals that aim to enrich understanding of challenges related to misinformation, polarization, information quality, and social conflict on social media and social technology platforms. The goal for these awards is to support the growth of scientific knowledge in these spaces and to contribute to a shared understanding across the broader scientific community and technology industry on how social technology companies can better address social issues on their platforms. Research is not restricted to focusing on Facebook Inc. apps and technologies.

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Facebook: 2021 Towards Trustworthy Products in AR, VR, and Smart Devices
Amount: varies
Deadline: July 14, 2021

Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals that explore unique challenges, threats, attacks, mitigations, and other considerations in the burgeoning space of AR, VR, and smart devices. A total of up to eight awards are available this time, up to $75,000 each, depending on the specific requirements.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific: Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program
Amount: $200,000
Deadline: July 16, 2021

The Oncomine Clinical Research Grant Program supports investigator-initiated studies (IIS) and education projects, on molecular testing in oncology and reproductive health, with the goal to increase high quality molecular profiling for patients and to improve clinical outcomes in the future. Proposal reviews are conducted by independent and internationally recognized experts together with Thermo Fisher Scientific medical and scientific leadership. Funding is considered based on scientific merit and alignment with strategic areas of focus.

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Valent Biosciences: Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) and Pest Management
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: July 23, 2021

Seeking novel compounds and delivery systems to enhance plant growth and pest management. Organic compounds are preferred.

Solutions of interest include:

  • PGR activity
  • Novel compounds that affect biological processes throughout plant growth and development including germination, flowering and fruit set, growth, stress tolerance, ripening, postharvest storage quality, senescence, and dormancy
  • Pest management activity
  • Novel compounds that have either selective or broad-spectrum bioherbicide activity
  • Novel compounds for control of fungi, bacteria, insects, and nematodes on various crop
  • Delivery systems
  • Innovative technologies that can enhance the performance of small biological actives by increasing their stability and delivery

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Valent Biosciences: Mycorrhizal Fungi Colonization and Ion Leaching
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: July 23, 2021

Seeking novel technologies, methods, and approaches to advance the science of detecting and quantifying the movement of nitrates through soil, comparing AMF colonized versus non-colonized crops. Potential study sites can include field, greenhouse, and/or laboratory.

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Valent Biosciences: Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: July 23, 2021

Seeking novel technologies, methods, and approaches to advance the science of detecting, quantifying, predicting, and enhancing soil organic carbon sequestration.

Solutions of interest include:

  • Novel microbial strains or consortia that promote soil health factors, including the development of stable soil aggregates and the potential to reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers
  • Formulation, production, and scale-up technologies for novel microbial strains
  • Modelling the long-term impact of the soil microbiome in cycling and storage of soil organic carbon
  • Innovative techniques, including remote sensing, for sampling and quantifying soil carbo

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ViiV Healthcare: Positive Action for Women
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: July 23, 2021

ViiV Healthcare is committed to breaking down isolation and stigma, linking women to prevention and care, and advancing leadership and advocacy for women of color living with, vulnerable to or impacted by HIV.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: napari Plugin Accelerator Grants
Amount: $50,000
Deadline: July 29, 2021

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) imaging program seeks to give biologists access to reproducible quantitative image analysis. The rise of Python as a leading platform for scientific computing and machine learning shows promise for biological applications. Yet it remains difficult for biologists to take advantage of the latest developments in deep learning-enabled quantitative analysis because of a lack of visualization and exploratory analysis tools that can support modern microscopy and large imaging datasets. Towards that end, CZI has partnered with napari, a community-built, Python-based, open-source tool for browsing, annotating, and analyzing large multi-dimensional images. Image analysis is often highly specialized within different domains of science, and napari alone cannot and will not try to meet all the image analysis needs of the scientific community. Instead, we hope napari can act as a foundational visualization tool that provides access to domain specific analysis through plugins developed, maintained, and supported by the bioimaging community.

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Pfizer: Dermatology Research Fellowship in Skin of Color
Amount: $80,000
Deadline: August 2, 2021

The intent of this RFA is to support institution-based fellowship opportunities with a research focus on dermatologic diseases in skin of color, particularly in areas where further clinical, translational, and observational/prospective research is needed. Programs with either established or emerging areas of research focus are encouraged to apply.

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Last Updated: 7/2/21