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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.


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Challenge Grants in Visual Proteomics
Deadline:
February 17, 2021
Grant Amount: project specific

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has issued a Request for Applications for challenge grants in the field of Visual Proteomics. The ability to view protein molecules in cells and monitor changes in their structure, quantity, distribution, and interactions is key to understanding what causes diseases and finding treatments and cures. The long-term goal of the RFA is to drive technology development aimed at visualizing proteins and their interactions inside the cell. The particular funding opportunity is explicitly aimed at technology development and is not intended to support question-driven basic or translational research, clinical trials, or drug development. Preliminary data is encouraged but not required. CZI particularly encourage applications from researchers in disciplines outside of biomedicine who bring new technology, resources, or frameworks to studying proteins and their interactions inside of cells; women, underrepresented minorities, and members of underserved populations; and early-career investigators, defined as principal investigators who have been in an independent faculty role for less than six years at the time of application.

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The New York Stem Cell Foundation:  Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award
Deadline:
February 17, 2021
Grant Amount: $1.5 Million over 5 years

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator Awards to be used for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells. The goal of this initiative is to foster bold and innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells in the development of treatments for human disease. New this year, NYSCF has a renewed focus on supporting scientists who have just started their independent laboratories and strongly encourages candidates seeking to secure their first major grant funding as an independent investigator.

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Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund/Simons Foundation: Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience
Deadline:
February 15, 2021
Amount:
$225,000 over 3 years

The Klingenstein-Simons Neuroscience Fellowship supports innovative research by early career investigators. The research should have relevance for understanding the mechanisms underlying any of a wide range of neurological and behavioral disorders, and may lead to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Basic research will also be supported. Funding should seed new directions in fellows’ research programs by providing an unencumbered addition to their regular source of research support. Priority is given to candidates who may not have received substantial funding from other private awards yet have highly promising scientific careers. The Klingenstein-Simons award gives recognition to outstanding scientists who have made valuable contributions in their early research efforts, and who show the greatest promise for a successful research career.

Several areas within neuroscience are of particular interest:

  • Cellular and molecular neuroscience. Studies of the mechanisms of neuronal excitability and development, and of the genetic basis of behavior.
  • Neural systems. Studies of the integrative function of the nervous system.
  • Translational research. Studies designed to improve our understanding of the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Children
Deadline:
February 16, 2021 for brief proposals
Amount: Up to $200,000

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Equity-Focused Policy Research (EFPR) grant program seeks to fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that enhance families’ equitable access to key resources for supporting their children’s healthy development. EFPR grants are guided by a research agenda that focuses on: (1) understanding the sources of inequities in families’ access to and use of key resources; (2) identifying and testing innovations to advance equity; and (3) strategies for scaling up policies and approaches that are effective in advancing equity. The agenda addresses three policy areas as providing critical resources for families: (1) access to early care and education; (2) income supports (such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and cash transfer programs) and income generation/replacement; and (3) nutrition supports (such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

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The New York Stem Cell Foundation:  Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Award
Deadline:
February 17, 2021
Grant Amount: $1.5 Million over 5 years

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for awards in neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster innovative scientists whose pioneering approaches have the potential to transform the field of neuroscience. Applicants are invited to apply from all fields in neuroscience in the 2021 application cycle. The foundation especially encourages applications from neuroscientists whose research is focused on human systems. This might include research using patient-derived model systems and approaches using samples or data (genomic, epidemiological, imaging, real-world data, etc.) collected from individuals or human populations. The award provides up to $1.5 million over 5 years. The award does not provide institutional overhead.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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