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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: 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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Samsung: Global Research Outreach Program
Amount: $150,000
Deadline: August 31, 2021

The SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program is an important part of growing SAMSUNG Electronics's academic research engagement and collaboration platforms.

World-class university researchers have been annually invited since 2009 to propose novel research ideas and to work with our R&D teams to foster technological innovation. This has resulted in actively collaborative relationships with over 150 leading universities worldwide.

Selected GRO projects will be funded with one year. This project may be extended up to three years, based on annual research outcomes and necessity for further research partnership determined by SAMSUNG. Joint research proposals from multiple universities are welcome and acceptable.

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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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Last Updated: 7/19/21