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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.


Microsoft: AI for Earth Grant Program
Amount: $5-15K Azure credits
Deadline: October 4, 2021

AI for Earth awards grants to support projects that use AI to change the way people and organizations monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems.

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Amazon Research Awards
Amount: Varies, generally expected to support one to two graduate students (or a post-doc researcher) for one year, plus some conference travel and expenses.
Deadline: October 8th, 2021

The Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program funds academic research and related contributions to open-source projects. ARA aims to fund projects as leading toward a PhD degree or conducted as part of post-doctoral work. Amazon has funded more than 400 research awards at 150 universities in 28 countries around the world since 2015.

Focused Research Themes:

  • AI for Information Security – Advancing cybersecurity with AI
  • Amazon Device Security and Privacy – Enabling trustworthy compute environment from edge to cloud
  • Amazon Payments – Breakthroughs in security, verification, and anomaly detection
  • AWS AI – Advancing the frontiers of machine learning
  • AWS Automated Reasoning – Security assurance, backed by mathematical proof
  • Data for Social Stability – Advancing the use of data science for social good
  • Prime Video – Automating Quality Analysis and Delivery – Solving audio/video challenges with machine learning
  • Robotics – Pursuing the future of robotics research

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The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA): Special Opportunity Team Science Award
Amount: Up to $1.5M
Deadline: LOI Due October 6, 2021

The MRA and RTFCCR will jointly support two team awards for clinical trials with the potential to provide significant impact to melanoma patients. These awards seek to support novel, interventional clinical trials with the goal of making a significant difference to melanoma patients in the short term.

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Pfizer: PARP-inhibitor Combination Treatments in Prostate Cancer
Amount: $250,000
Deadline: October 13, 2021

 Projects that will be considered for Pfizer support will focus on:

  • Increasing the understanding of the mechanism of action, biological and clinical rationale for PARP-inhibitor combinations as potential treatments for prostate cancer. Projects focusing on PARP-inhibitor combinations with androgen receptor targeted therapies are of high interest.
  • The evolving paradigm of the potential treatment of mCRPC with future PARP inhibitor combinations.

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Johnson & Johnson, Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies
Amount: up to $100,000
Deadline: October 15, 2021

To inspire innovators to bring potentially groundbreaking unit dose packaging options to the market – with a focus on child-resistant, user-friendly, non-reclosable designs - Johnson & Johnson Innovation together with the packaging innovation team within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. is launching the Packaging Design QuickFire Challenge: Unit Dose Technologies. Potential innovations can include both solids (tablets, capsules and powders) and liquids (solutions and suspensions) in unit-dose formats (e.g. blisters, sachets and stick packs). Primary and secondary packaging or combination of the two are in scope of the challenge.

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Johnson & Johnson: Women in STEM2D Scholars Program (WiSTEM2D Scholars Program)
Amount $150,000.00
Deadline: October 15, 2021

The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Program aims to fuel the development of female STEM²D leaders and feed the STEM²D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the STEM²D disciplines:

  1. science
  2. technology
  3. engineering
  4. mathematics
  5. manufacturing
  6. design

The awards will fund one woman per discipline who has completed her advanced degree, who is working as an assistant professor and who is not yet tenured at an accredited university or design institution. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM²D fields.

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Pfizer: 2021/2022 Global NASH ASPIRE
*ASPIRE: Advancing Science and Patient care through Innovative Research and Education
Amount: $500,000 over 4 years
Deadline: LOI due October 20, 2021

The ASPIRE NASH program will evaluate submitted research proposals that cover areas in basic, clinical and translational sciences. The research proposals with innovative and the potential of high impact in advancing the learning about NASH will be encouraged.

The followings are the main areas of priority with high unmet needs:

  • Improving models of care in patients with NASH and evidence generation of optimal management of NASH in various populations.
  • Innovations in the use of non-invasive tools in the care of patients with NAFLD
  • Understanding biological drivers of heterogeneity in disease pathogenesis and/ or progression and regression in NASH

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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: Career Development Award
Amount: $250,000
Deadline: October 25, 2021

Supports junior faculty to conduct pancreatic cancer research and establish successful career paths in the field. Proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer. Special consideration will be given to understudied areas in pancreatic cancer research, minority researchers, and research focused on cancer health disparities.

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Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Discovery Awards
Amount: Dependent upon level and duration of funding that’s appropriate for proposed research. Costs will need to be justified in grant application.
Deadline: November 11, 2021 by 5pm GMT

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Research can be in any discipline – including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), experimental medicine, humanities and social science, clinical/allied health sciences, and public health – as long as it has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing, and aligns with Wellcome’s funding remit.

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The Raymond Corporation, a Toyota Industries Company
Amount: Up to $500,000 for one year, anticipated that multiple awards will be made. Faculty that receive financial support through the Program may be invited to renew the contract for up to three years.
Deadline: November 5th, 2021

Through the University Research Program, The Raymond Corporation is seeking proposals that innovate and elevate the material handling industry.

Proposal themes related to the following areas are encouraged, but given the broad nature of material handling, other themes are welcome.

  • The Future of Logistics
  • Material handling in an uncertain future
  • Material handling in a “smart city”
  • Warehouse design
  • Urban and suburban package delivery
  • Improved Material Handling
  • Automation and material handling
  • Advanced sensors for material handling
  • Advanced vision systems and material handling
  • Truck and Operation Evolution
  • Industrial design of vehicles
  • Operator ergonomics
  • Neurotechnology applications in material handling

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Pfizer: 2021/2022 Global Obesity ASPIRE
*ASPIRE: Advancing Science and Patient care through Innovative Research and Education
Amount: $250,000
Deadline: LOI due November 5, 2021

The following types of research will be considered in-scope:

  1. Basic science, pre-clinical research, and clinical research that aligns with the in-scope research topics.
  2. Animal experimentation related to human biology.
  3. Physiological, cellular, molecular and translational research

In-scope research includes:

  • Pathophysiology and biology of overweight and obesity
  • Understanding Obesity as a disease
  • Utilizing retrospective databases, generate evidence of optimal management of obesity and co-existing comorbid conditions

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Cancer Research Institute: Technology Impact Award
Amount: Up to $200,000
Deadline: LOI Due November 15, 2021

The Cancer Research Institute Technology Impact Award provides seed funding to address the gap between technology development and clinical application of cancer immunotherapies. These grants aim to encourage collaboration between technology developers and clinical cancer immunologists and to generate the proof-of-principle of a novel platform technology in bioinformatics, ex vivo or in silico modeling systems, immunological or tumor profiling instrumentation, methods, reagents and assays, or other relevant technologies that can enable clinician scientists to generate deeper insights into the mechanisms of action of effective or ineffective cancer immunotherapies.

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Bayer: Clinical Research Award – Hemophilia
Amount: $75,000
Deadline: LOI due November 30, 2021

This award will provide funds to undertake a clinical research project in the bleeding disorders field. Focus areas for such projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Microbleeds
  • Subclinical bleeds
  • Joint pain
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Role of FVIII vs. non-FVIII replacement therapy
  • Lab monitoring, etc.

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Bayer: Basic Research Award – Hemophilia
Amount: $75,000
Deadline: LOI due November 30, 2021

This award will provide funds to undertake a basic research project in the bleeding disorders field. Focus areas for such projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Role of FVIII outside of coagulation
  • Inhibitors
  • Immunogenicity
  • Lab monitoring research and applications.

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Bayer: Fellowship Project Award – Hemophilia
Amount: $80,000
Deadline: LOI due November 30, 2021

This award is intended to facilitate the development of clinical and research expertise in the field of hemophilia for applicants who have completed medical training and have an interest in pursuing a career as a hemophilia clinician. The award will support a mentored physician for one year, who will be expected to undertake a research project as well as clinical training.

The criteria by which applications will be judged include:

  • Merit of applicant and approach
  • Design and rationale of research project
  • Design and rationale of the proposed clinical training program.
  • Potential for successful development of the applicant as a clinical expert in the treatment of hemophilia
  • Mentor and learning environment.
  • Commitment of applicant and mentor to hemophilia

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Burroughs Welcome Fund: Next Gen Pregnancy Initiative
Amount: $500,000 over 4 years
Deadline: December 1, 2021

Building upon the original goals of the BWF Preterm Birth Initiative, a recently convened Pregnancy Think Tank has helped shape the next generation of BWF preterm birth awards. Growing evidence suggests the interrelatedness of the duration of pregnancy, fetal growth, and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth, preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, stillbirth, and maternal medical complications including maternal mortality. Other areas of interest are climate change and environmental impact on pregnancy, complications associated with ART, and epigenome-wide association studies.

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American Heart Association: Career Development Award
Amount: $231,000/3 years
Deadline: December 6, 2021

Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals, in the early years of one’s first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training necessary to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist.

The award will develop the research skills to support and greatly enhance the awardee’s chances to obtain and retain a high-quality career position.

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Expanded Temperature Ranges for Adhesives
Amount: Funding for 6 -12 months to develop concept, validate and refine materials, and transfer learnings to Sponsor
Deadline: Open

Residential homes in North America currently use 13.5 billion square feet of asphalt shingles, which are usually installed from spring through late fall. Once the temperature drops below 4 C°, current adhesives used to hold down asphalt shingles fail to properly adhere. As a result, shingles may be blown loose before an extended period of warmth allows the adhesive to properly bind the shingles together. The objective of this request is to find alternative chemistries or processes that would allow roofing installations later into the year.

Potential solutions from adjacent industries are of significant interest, including novel materials, innovations in manufacturing processes and engineering solutions. Possible partnerships include contract research, providing grant monies, or other forms of investment.

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Last Updated: 9/28/21