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June Highlighted Foundation Funding Opportunities

MacArthur Foundation: 100&Change Challenge Grant - Intent to Apply

Grant Amount: $100 Million 
Internal Deadline: Intent to Apply form will be active until Friday, August 9th, 11:59pm

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The Offices of the Vice President for Research and Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) are collecting ideas for the MacArthur Foundation’s third round of the 100&Change competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world's most critical social challenges. 
Competitive proposals will address a significant problem and provide a solution that is impactful, evidence-based, feasible, durable, and just. No field or problem area is designated and proposals from all sectors and anywhere in the world are encouraged.
There is no limit to the number of applications from the university. However, we are asking UofU faculty with interest in this opportunity to submit an Intent to Apply via InfoReady. Doing so will allow a coordinated response from the CFR team to connect applicants with resources such as proposal guidance, cross-campus collaborations, and additional funding opportunities. The Intent to Apply mirrors a portion of the Executive Summary on the 100&Change application and may be repurposed at the time of application. The intent to apply form will be active until Friday, August 9th, 11:59pm. 
Note that only one proposal will be selected by MacArthur, and this opportunity is highly selective (in a prior round, eight semi-finalists were selected from more than 1,900 applications). However, smaller funding awards may be made available to the applicant pool.
The foundation has provided an organizational readiness tool to help determine your readiness to compete in 100&Change. In addition, if you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach out to the Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team, who are available to assist with strategy and proposal review:
Lynn Wong, Senior Director
Sara Salmon, Senior Associate Director 
Gwen Allouch, Associate Director

Mathers Foundation Grant Program: Limited Submission Internal Competition

Grant Amount: Up to $700,000 over three years
Internal Deadline: June 28, 2024, 11:59pm

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A new limited submission opportunity for The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation is now open.
The Mathers Foundation Grant Program primarily supports basic science, ideally with potential translational applications. Examples of current research areas include immunology, microbiome, structural biology, cellular physiology, cancer biology, genetics, genomics, microbiology and infectious diseases, stem cell biology, and neuroscience. The Foundation does not support research conducted in human subjects and will not fund requests for clinical trials or drug discovery. Requests for funding previously federally supported research and/or applications pending federal approval will not be accorded priority consideration.
Awards from the foundation are very competitive. The foundation will accept applications from investigators in any career stage. However, based on the foundation’s award history we particularly encourage mid-late career faculty with an established and recognized research background to apply. Collaborative research projects with other US based organizations are acceptable. Research collaborations between US based organizations and organizations based outside the US are not encouraged and will be given lower priority.
Although the maximum award is $700,000 over three years (inclusive of 10% indirect costs), careful consideration should be given to the actual costs of the project and the total budget amount should be commensurate with the project scope. 
For more information, please visit the Mathers Foundation website.
APPLY HERE via InfoReady
Internal Application Deadline: Friday, June 28th, 11:59pm
If you have questions about this limited submission opportunity, please contact Lynn Wong (

Searle Scholars Program: Limited Submission Internal Competition

Grant Amount: $300,000 over three years
Internal Deadline: June 28, 2024, 11:59pm

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The 2024 Searle Scholars limited submission competition is now open.
The Searle Scholars award program makes grants to selected academic and research institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. The University of Utah may nominate TWO candidates to apply for the Searle Scholars program. All applicants must apply through an internal competition via InfoReady.
Searle supports high risk, high reward research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant. Searle is primarily interested in the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.
To be eligible:

Applicants for the 2025 competition (awards which will be activated on July 1, 2025) are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after May 1, 2023. The appointment must be their first tenure-track position.

The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components. Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for the Program are encouraged to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars.

For more information, visit the Searle Scholars website.
APPLY HERE via InfoReady
Internal Submission Deadline: June 28, 2024, 11:59pm
If you have question about this limited submission opportunity, please contact Sara Salmon (