Corporate and Foundation Funding Opportunities

SFARI 2019 Research Award – Request for Applications
Deadline: January 11, 2019 at 5:00pm EST

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce the 2019 Research Award request for applications (RFA).

Grants awarded through this program are intended to provide support for the investigation of key unresolved research questions in autism, particularly those that connect etiologies to brain function and behavior. Unlike SFARI Pilot Awards, risk and novelty are welcome but are not required criteria for the proposal to be considered meritorious. Competitive applications will have preliminary data or other relevant groundwork that justifies substantial investment on the proposed topic.

The deadline for applications is January 11, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST. The budget is $1,300,000 or less, over a period of up to four years. Applications selected for SFARI Research Awards will be announced April 17, 2019, with funding expected to begin in the summer of 2019.

More information about the RFA, including a discussion of the critical issues that SFARI considers relevant for the Research Award, is available here

Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

Burroughs Wellcome, Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Deadline: January 9, 2019

Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents.

Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences.

Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

Soros Equality Fellowship
Deadline: January 10, 2019

The U.S. Programs’ Equality team seeks applicants for its Soros Equality Fellowship, which aims to support emerging mid-career professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders influencing the racial justice field. The fellowship award provides individuals with a grant of $100,000 to support production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months.

Open Society seeks a diverse cohort of applicants, including but not limited to activists, artists, journalists, and organizers, to produce a project with meaningful impact. This approach recognizes the power of individuals to use a variety of tools, from traditional advocacy to the arts, to impact change and uplift the mission and values of an open society.

Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

Google: Al for Social Good
Deadline: January 22, 2019 has issued an open call for ideas that use AI to help address societal challenges.  Google is looking for projects across a range of social impact domains and levels of technical expertise, from individuals and organizations that are experiences in AI to those with an idea for how they could be putting their data to better use.  Selected applicants will receive coaching from Google’s AI experts, grant funding from a $25M pool, credit and consulting from Google Cloud, and more.

Please contact Chris Ostrander at 801-585-7220  in you are interested in applying.

Arcus Foundation: Social Justice Program
Deadline: January 22, 2019

Founded in 2000, the Arcus Foundation is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. The foundation’s work is based on the belief that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all its inhabitants.

To that end, the foundation is accepting Proof of Concepts for its Social Justice Program, which gives priority to LGBTQ communities in the Americas and Africa that have been pushed to the margins based on racial, gender, or economic status and where evidence suggests potential for concrete change over a ten-year period. The program, which envisions a world in which all LGBTQ people live with dignity, safety, and opportunity in inclusive communities and societies, supports programs or initiatives that provide increased safety for LGBTQ people, increased LGBTQ-affirming protections, and increased inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ people.

For each of these goals, the foundation’s grantmaking addresses the following areas: cross-movement collaboration and coordination; the establishment of durable networks, especially among the most marginalized communities; efforts led by and for the communities most affected; initiatives led by faith, trans, and other groups with less access to resources and who are marginalized within LGBTQ communities; inclusion of those most marginalized in decision-making and organizational leadership; and work that increases the political power of constituencies to influence change through civic engagement and democratic participation.

Priority will be given to projects based in the southern United States (Arizona, California’s Central Valley), Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina) East and Southern Africa (Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda); the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, and Trinidad & Tobago).

Over the next two years, the foundation expects to award up to thirty grants of up to $200,000 per year, for a maximum of two years.

Proof of Concepts must be received no later than January 22, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 6, 2019.

Open Society Fellowship
Deadline: February 4, 2019

 Applicants for the Open Society Fellowship are invited to address the following proposition:

New and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization are needed to fight pervasive economic inequality.

This proposition is intended as a provocation—to stimulate productive controversy and debate—and does not necessarily represent the views of the Open Society Foundations. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with the proposition in their submissions. Though the proposition deals with economic issues, those without an economics or business background are welcome to apply, provided they have a relevant project in mind.

Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform.

Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $100,000 for one year.

Please let Chris Ostrander know if you plan to apply.

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience
Deadline: February 15, 2019

The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation announce the opening of its 2019 competition for research fellowships in neuroscience.

Previously known as the Klingenstein Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience, this year’s awards are the sixth from this joint project of the Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. The awards are among the nation’s oldest and most illustrious fellowships for young investigators in neuroscience research.

Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the $225,000 awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists. At this critical juncture in young investigators’ careers, when funding can be a challenge, the fellowship awards promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects.

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