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by Meghan Hauser

Quick reference

American Federation for Aging Research

Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Guidance for Trainees

Simons Foundation: Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Machine Learning in Chemical Sciences and Engineering

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

John Templeton Foundation LOI for Academic Cross Training Fellowship Program

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

Russell Sage Foundation: Behavioral Economics

Russell Sage Foundation: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Russell Sage Foundation: Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program for Early-Career Researchers

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation: Beckman Young Investigator

 

What is Foundation Relations?

The Foundation Relations team cultivates relationships with private foundations whose mission and interests match the University of Georgia’s priorities in order to yield partnerships across campus. As a centralized office, we are able to assist all areas of UGA in seeking funding opportunities. We are fortunate to work closely with UGA’s Office of Research, including the Grants Office and Sponsored Projects, as we help facilitate relationships with private foundations whose interests align with the university’s mission as the state’s land- and sea-grant institution.

The Foundation Relations team strives to…

  • Collaborate with schools, colleges, units, and departments across campus on the grant submission process. We practice a holistic approach to foundation relations – from proposal to grant reporting.
  • Support stewardship efforts in order to show foundations’ impact on campus.
  • Identify prospective foundations whose interests align with research and programming at UGA.
  • Create new relationships and steward existing partnerships with foundations, acting as an advocate for UGA faculty and staff with potential foundation funders.
  • Meet with faculty and staff to discuss funding opportunities and develop cultivation plans for future funding.
  • Review and edit proposals and letters of inquiry (LOI) to ensure information is presented in such a way that it resonates with foundations’ interests and conforms to grant criteria.

Our team of experienced professionals have a passion for UGA and a desire to assist our faculty and staff in furthering their research and program areas on campus.

 

American Federation for Aging ResearchAmerican Federation for Aging Research

As part of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (“NAM”), with support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, will issue up to 24 Catalyst Awards per year between 2020 and 2022. Each Catalyst Award includes a $50,000 cash prize as well as travel costs to attend an annual Innovator Summit, beginning in summer 2021. The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) will collaborate with the NAM on the application and scientific review process.

Catalyst Awards will reward bold, new, potentially transformative ideas to improve the physical, mental, or social well-being of people as they age, in a measurable and equitable way. In particular, we seek ideas that aim to extend the human health-span through innovative approaches. Applications may originate from any field or combination of fields (e.g., biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, infrastructure, behavioral and social sciences, technology, and policy).

To learn more, please click here.

Proposal deadline: February 24, 2020

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

 

Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program

Lyle Spencer Research Awards ProgramThe Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program supports intellectually ambitious research projects that aspire to transform education with budgets between $525,000 and $1 million and project durations of up to five years. The Spencer Foundation accept applications for this signature program once per year.

A clearly articulated commitment to lasting improvement distinguishes the Lyle Spencer Awards from our other research award programs. The foundation hope to engage the research community in thinking big: to do work that is thoughtful, critical of prevailing assumptions, self-critical about the work and its limitations, and relevant to the aim of building knowledge for the “lasting improvement in education” that the founder Lyle Spencer challenged his foundation to promote.

To learn more, please click here.

LOI due February 27, 2020

 For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Interdisciplinary Research LeadersRobert Wood Johnson Foundation

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program, is a leadership opportunity for teams of researchers and community partners, including community organizers and advocates. IRL is a three-year national leadership development program that aims to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations that will help build the evidence base for effective community interventions to improve health for all. The 2020 cohort will focus on either of these two themes: Community Environment and Health or Families and Child Health. The Foundation will support teams of mid-career individuals who come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds or scientific perspectives. The community-engaged partner on the team may work in a variety of organizational settings and have relevant expertise in the proposed research project.

To learn more, please click here.

Proposal deadline: March 11, 2020

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

 

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Guidance for Trainees

Burroughs Wellcome FundThe Career Guidance for Trainees (CGT) program provides grants of $30,000 to $50,000 over a one-year period to support demonstration projects that will model affordable, transferable approaches to improving trainees’ readiness for stable, fulfilling careers.

Moving from training to satisfying employment, whether within academe or in other realms, can require skills not always learned at the bench.  Helping trainees understand, acquire, and demonstrate skills that make them ready for complex careers should be the goal of submitted projects.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund will support pilot projects that demonstrate practical approaches to readying scientists for career transitions. Projects may be meant to enhance trainees’ understanding of jobs beyond the Academy, or of career trajectories within academe, or of the flexibility of scientists’ intellectual skill set.

For more information, click here.

Application deadlines is March 13, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Simons Foundation: Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning

Simons FoundationThe National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), and the Simons Foundation Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) shall jointly sponsor up to two new research collaborations on the foundations of deep learning through the solicitation of NSF-Simons Research Collaborations on the Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning (MoDL).

For more information, click here.

LOI deadline is March 20, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Machine Learning in Chemical Sciences and Engineering

The Camille and Henry Dreyfuss FoundationThe Dreyfus program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering provides funding for innovative projects in any area of Machine Learning (ML) consistent with the Foundation’s broad objective to advance the chemical sciences and engineering. The Foundation anticipates that these projects will contribute new fundamental chemical understanding, insight, and innovation in the field.

The Foundation encourages proposals to significantly stimulate and accelerate the development of the use of ML and other related aspects of data science to the Chemical Sciences and Engineering. Below are some examples, not an exhaustive list that this program may support: molecular synthesis, including mechanisms, techniques, and applications; theory, computation, physical properties of molecules or materials; rates and mechanisms of new chemical processes; and postdoctoral support for collaborations that combine chemical science research with ML expertise.

To learn more, please click here.

Application deadline April 2, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

  

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research to investigators proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The Foundation funds projects for a one-year period which will allow establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early stage funding by the Foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified.

To learn more, please click here.

Proposal deadline April 30, 2020

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

 

John Templeton Foundation LOI for Academic Cross Training Fellowship Program

John Templeton FoundationFellowship will provide up to $220,000 for up to thirty-three months in support of a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology.

Deadline is May 1.

To learn more, click here.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

William T. Grant FoundationThe William T. Grant Foundation is seeking studies that identify, build, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems.

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LOI deadline is May 6, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The William T. Grant Foundation seek studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. The foundation prioritizes studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

Proposals for studies are evaluated based on their fit with our interests in reducing inequality; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform change; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence.

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LOI deadline is May 6, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Behavioral Economics

Russell Sage FoundationThe Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Behavioral Economics supports novel research that uses insights and methods from psychology, economics, sociology, political science and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. The foundation seeks investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of actual behaviors and decisions.

RSF is especially interested in research at the intersection of behavioral economics and behavioral sciences and its other programs—Future of WorkRace, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial, Political and Economic Inequality. Priority will be given to field experiments, as opposed to lab experiments. Projects that can contribute to a more unified theory of human behavior to eventually eliminate the distinction between behavioral economics and the rest of economics are also of interest.

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LOI deadline is May 21, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

The Russell Sage Foundation program on Race, Ethnicity, & Immigration seeks investigator-initiated research proposals on the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American. The foundation is especially interested in innovative research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, and legal status in outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

A primary goal of the program is to encourage researchers from different social science traditions studying issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration to work together in productive and innovative ways. We encourage multi-disciplinary perspectives and methods that both strengthen the data, theory, and methods of social science research and foster an understanding of how we might better achieve the American ideals of a pluralist society.

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LOI deadline is May 21, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

The Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support 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. This initiative falls under RSF’s Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program and represents a special area of interest within the core program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader set of issues.

We 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. Smaller projects might include exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration.  Proposals for comparative, cross-national work will be considered only if they have strong implications for U.S.-centered issues.

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LOI deadline is May 21, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the many factors that contribute to social, political and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including equality of access and opportunity, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage within and across generations.

The foundation seeks investigator-initiated research that will contribute to a better understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals and families. The program welcomes projects that explore the relevance of economic, racial, ethnic, age, gender, immigration, occupational or other statuses for the distribution of wellbeing within these groups. The foundation is most interested in social and economic outcomes as the primary indicators of wellbeing.

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LOI deadline is May 21, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program for Early-Career Researchers

William T. Grant FoundationThe 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. The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We pursue this mission by supporting research within two focus areas. Researchers interested in applying for a William T. Grant Scholars Award must select one focus area: Reducing Inequality or Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Online application opens April 30, 2020

Deadline July 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM

To learn more, please click here.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation: Beckman Young Investigator

Arnold & Mabel Beckman FoundationThe Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.

  • The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award (see eligibility for more information).
  • Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.
  • The Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs.

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LOI opens May 29, 2020 and closes August 4, 2020.  

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.