Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

Misk Grand Challenges
Deadline: May 2, 2018

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation (the non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman), have partnered to launch the Misk Grand Challenges. This new effort, to run over the next three years, will offer 100 innovators $100,000 each to turn ideas into proof of concept, with the opportunity to seek more funding following the proof of concept.

The Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months, with the two initial challenges available for applicants right now:

Global Citizenship:
Seeking bright ideas for how young people can help deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Seeking innovative solutions to transform our education systems and empower young people to succeed in the knowledge economy.

Applications are accepted online and must adhere to the application form guidelines. Funds are awarded over a two-year period and will not exceed $100,000. There is no limit on the number of applications the U can submit, though only one proposal is accepted per applicant. Please contact Chris Ostrander (, x57220) if you plan to apply.

William T. Grant Foundation
LOI Deadline: May 2, 2018

WT Grant and is accepting LOI for research grants through May 2, 2018.  The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. Research grants typically range between $100,000 and $1,000,000, cover two to four years of support, and must inform programs, policies, or practices to reduce youth inequality or improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The foundation has released a very detailed application guide to inform letters of inquiry and proposals.

Russell Sage Foundation

Computational Social Science
Deadline: May 24, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years

The Russell Sage Foundation initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest to its core programs in Behavioral EconomicsFuture of Work,  Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as casual inference and innovations in data collection.

Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge (BioSS)
Deadline: May 24, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years.

In collaboration with the Ford Foundation, Sage will support innovative social science research on social and economic outcomes that improves our understanding of the interactive mechanisms by which environmental influences affect biological mechanisms, and vice versa. This includes research that: (1) estimates how the structured nature of the social environment and intra- and intergenerational social inequalities affect biological processes, (2) identifies which indicators of biological processes interact with the social environment to affect different life domains and how, and (3) yields new conceptual frameworks that holistically characterize the complex relationships among biological, psychological and environmental factors to predict a range of behavioral and social outcomes. We are primarily interested in research that explores and improves our understanding of social and economic predictors and outcomes.

Behavioral Economics
Deadline: May 24, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years

The foundation supports innovative research that uses behavioral insights from psychology and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. We seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of real-life behaviors and decisions that deviate from the neoclassical economic standards of rationality. RSF is especially interested in behavioral economics research that contributes to our understanding of topics of interest under its other programs—Future of WorkRace, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial Inequality.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration
Deadline: May 24, 2018
Amount: up to $150,000 for 2 years

In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation, the foundation seeks innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. They are especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged.

Please contact Chris Ostrander at (801) 585-7220 for more information about Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities.

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