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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 Lynn Marsella Wong if you are interested in applying for an opportunity listed below. You may also find additional funding opportunities on the foundation relations website.


Spencer Foundation: Small Education Research Projects
Deadline:
March 1, 2021
Amount: $50,000

The Spencer Foundation is accepting applications for its Small Research Grants Program, which supports education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. The program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, and to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse. Historically, grants have supported research projects on a range of topics and disciplines, including education, law, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and that have employed a wide range of research methods. The program is “field-initiated,” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Deadline:
March 17, 2021
Amount:
up to $420,000

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically marginalized backgrounds. Scholars should be committed to working toward eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing. In this grant cycle, RWJF will fund up to 10 four-year awards of up to $420,000 each. Scholars will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000 each, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant to support research activities.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars
Deadline:
March 17, 2021
Amount:
$30,000 per year for four years, plus dissertation and research dissemination grants

Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines—who see policy as a key lever for change and are committed to ensuring their research is aligned with the health needs of communities. The program aims to include doctoral students motivated to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; and collaborate across disciplines and sectors, while bolstering their leadership skills. Up to 40 scholars will receive a stipend of $30,000 each per year paid to their home institutions, for up to four years or until they complete their doctoral program (whichever is sooner). Scholars will also be eligible for competitive dissertation grants of up to $10,000 each, as well as competitive conference and research dissemination grants, awarded by the national program center directly to the scholars. Applicants must be from populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines and/or marginalized backgrounds. Examples of marginalized backgrounds include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates; individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals from communities of color; and individuals with disabilities.

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James S. McDonnell Foundation Opportunity Awards
Deadline:
April 9, 2021
Amount:
$250,000 over 2-4 years

Through the Opportunity Awards, JSMF is seeking to fund projects leading to new conceptual and empirical studies of cognition and behavior that recognize the dynamic nature of cognition and behavior, are situated in real world contexts, cross levels of analysis, unite traditionally separate domains of inquiry (e.g. vision and speech), embrace complexity, and consider how behavior is influenced by interactions among individuals. JSMF is encouraging researchers to pursue important questions using conceptual and methodological approaches that takes seriously the trajectories, biological and experiential, contributing to the ongoing development of cognition and behavior occurring across the lifespan.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): 2021 Bridge to Independence Award
Deadline:
April 12, 2021 (for Letters of Inquiry)
Grant Amount: $495,000 over three years

The Bridge to Independence Award program engages talented early-career scientists in autism research by facilitating their transition to research independence. Awardees receive a commitment of $495,000 over three years, activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship. The foundation welcomes applications that span the breadth of science that SFARI normally supports, including genetics, molecular mechanisms, circuits and systems, and clinical science. While the foundation encourages applications from scientists who are working on autism-related projects, this award is also open to researchers who are not currently working on autism but who are interested in starting research projects in this area and have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex condition.

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

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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Last Updated: 4/13/21