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Spring 2022 Foundation Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

The University of Utah Foundation Relations team manages several limited submission opportunities sponsored by various Foundations each year. Foundations Limited Submissions are reviewed by a Foundations LSO Committee that selects applications most likely to: 

  • Perpetuate success for the University. 
  • Assist the selected faculty member in advancing their research; and
  • Meet the goals and expectations of the sponsor

All upcoming Foundations Limited Submissions are listed below, with links to the InfoReady internal competition for each program. Interested faculty members must apply to the internal competition and be selected by the LSO Committee for each program. Please contact Daniel Hadley if you have questions about applying for an opportunity listed below. Additional foundations funding opportunities can be found on the foundation relations website. 

Spring 2022 Opportunities

Internal Deadline


Scholarship in the Service of Social Justice 
(sponsored by the Mellon Foundation)


 April 15, 2022

To apply, please submit the following materials to Daniel Hadley

  1. A one-page concept note
  2. Estimated total budget
  3. List of collaborators, if any
  4. CV of the principal investigator


Announcing a new Mellon Foundation opportunity:  “Scholarship in the Service of Social Justice.” Grants will be made between $250,000 and $500,000. This is open to eligible humanities and humanistic social science fields, as outlined by Mellon here.

Because this is a limited submission, several campus areas will be coordinating to assist faculty and groups to prepare their applications. We are encouraging ideas in the three broad categories outlined by the Foundation:

  • Civic Engagement and Voting Rights
  • Race and Racialization in the United States
  • Social Justice and the Literary Imagination


William T. Grant Scholars Program

 April 22, 2022
Click here to apply!


The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. One application per institution.

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award

 April 22, 2022
Click here to apply!


Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US academic institutions to nominate one senior faculty member (Associate and Full Professor) to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting-edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. One application per institution.

Pew Biomedical Scholars

April 22, 2022
Click here to apply!


The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. One application per institution.

Searle Scholars Program

April 22, 2022
Click here to apply!



The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. Two applications per institution.

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Last Updated: 3/29/22