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The University of Utah 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 Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below. You may also find additional funding opportunities on the foundation relations website.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Sustainable Solid Waste Management Research
Amount: $15k - $500k
Deadline: May 1st, 2021

The sustainability movement has reached the business models of nearly every industry in the United States, and many companies, municipalities and states have set aggressive sustainability goals that include how waste streams are being managed.  The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices.

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Russell Sage Foundation
Amount: up to $175,000
May 4, 2021 (for Letters of Inquiry)

For its next deadline, the Russell Sage Foundation will accept letters of inquiry related to Behavioral EconomicsDecision Making & Human Behavior in ContextFuture of Work; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. The Foundation will also accept letters of inquiry relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues:

  • Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions.
  • Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment.

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William. T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality and Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence
Amount: up to $600,000 over 2-3 years for Research Grants on Reducing Inequality; up to $1M over 2-4 years for Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence
Deadline: May 5, 2021 (letters of inquiry)

The William T. Grant Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. The foundation invests in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. They seek studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people, prioritizing studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. Studies may be from a range of disciplines, fields, and methodologies, and the foundation encourages investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education. The most competitive proposals often incorporate data from multiple sources and often involve multi-disciplinary teams.

Applications for research grants on reducing inequality must:

  • Identify a specific inequality in youth outcomes, and show that the outcomes are currently unequal by engaging with the extant literature on the causes and consequences of inequality.
  • Make a compelling case for the basis of inequality the study will address.
  • Articulate how findings from your research will help build, test, or increase understanding of a specific program, policy, or practice to reduce the specific inequality that you have identified.

Proposals for studies on improving the use of research evidence must pursue one of the following lines of inquiry:

  • Identify or test strategies to improve the use of existing research.
  • Identify or test strategies for producing more useful research evidence.
  • Test the assumption that using high-quality research evidence improves decision making and youth outcomes.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
Amount: $75,000 stipend + $150,000 project costs
Deadline: May 5, 2021

Fellows in this national leadership program are researchers and community partners working together in three-person teams. Teams will generate high-quality, community-engaged research useful for dismantling structural racism and improving health and health equity. Applicants should focus on one of the two subthemes: structural racism in health care and structural racism and community health and well-being.

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Invites LOIs for Research
Amount: $115,000
Deadline: May 5th, 2021

The foundation welcomes applications for its Senior Research Awards program, which provides established researchers with funds needed to generate sufficient preliminary data to become competitive for funds from other sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Through the program, grants of up to $115,830 per year for up to three years will be awarded in support of proposals relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn's disease, and/or ulcerative colitis.

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Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s NextGen Global Warming Grant
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: May 14th, 2021

The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and funding educational and project-based initiatives that advance knowledge and innovation in sustainability, has issued a call for proposals for a $100,000 grant to fund the work of a new or existing program aimed at bringing about reductions in global warming, whether through direct carbon avoidance, climate communication, climate education, industry engagement, or in some other way.

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John Templeton Foundation 'Character Through Community' Initiative
Amount: $15 Million Available
Deadline: June 11, 2021

The Character Virtue Development department at the John Templeton Foundation invites proposals from organizations that seek to strengthen their understanding and practice of character development through communities of practice.

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Russell Sage Foundation Welcomes Applications for 2022-23 Visiting Scholars Fellowships
Amount: $125,000
Deadline: June 24th, 2021

The Russell Sage Foundation's Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic, political, and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the foundation in New York City.

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Last Updated: 4/13/21