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Innovation Funding Opportunities

Below you will find a list of funding opportunities for research faculty and students in the areas of Agricultural Sciences, Animal Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Food Sciences, and opportunities for startups.  If you would like to have an opportunity added to the below list please contact: Taylor Renaud

Agricultural Sciences

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Corteva Agriscience Open Innovation October 3rd, 2022 We are inviting scientists to submit proposals describing new pulse crops or innovative pulse cropping systems.  The pulse could be included in any cropping system type (e.g. a proposal for a double, relay, intercropping, or annual rotational system).  For this challenge we are working with Wazoku Crowd (InnoCentive). 
Bayer Partnering Opportunities Admission Dates Vary Bayer’s vision of #HealthForAll, #HungerForNone drives our need to strengthen innovation capabilities in all areas of agriculture. We know we can’t accomplish this alone, so we’re always interested to hear about novel, early-stage scientific innovations that can contribute to feeding the world without starving the planet. You have our commitment to take a look, match with our R&D priorities and provide you timely feedback.
BASF Admission Dates Vary Join us in our efforts to innovate for a sustainable future: we welcome you to bring in your expertise to help with our ongoing challenges. Beyond that, we regularly offer opportunities for external collaboration in temporary campaigns. Additionally, in our open collaborations, you may find a perfect match with your profile. Take initiative and get in touch with us.
Rolling Admissions Nitrogen is a key requirement for crop growth and building healthy soil supports sustainable crop production. The aim of this project is to identify and validate microbiome health technologies which reduce the reliance on synthetic agrochemicals applied to and/or improve soil health in potato, oat, citrus and corn crops, whilst maintaining yield and quality.
NATURAL SYSTEMS FOR REDUCTION IN PESTICIDES, FUNGICIDES, AND FERTILIZERS ON KEY CROPS Rolling Admissions Mondelēz International seeks natural, safe means for increasing growth of key crops such as wheat and cocoa and/or to fight common insect pests and diseases such as fusarium head blight in wheat and Vascular Streak Dieback black pod, pink disease and witches´ broom in cocoa.

Life Science

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Quality Improvement Grants to Support the Delivery of Gene Therapies to Patients with Rare Disease by a Multidisciplinary Team September 20th, 2022 Projects that will be considered for Pfizer support will focus on operationally preparing and/or optimizing multidisciplinary care teams for the integration of recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus (rAAV) gene therapy into the treatment armamentarium for patients with a Rare Disease.
Multidisciplinary Gene Therapy Education – Recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus (rAAV) September 20th, 2022 Through this RFP we seek to support educational initiatives that focus on one or both of the following:

  • Improving the medical and scientific understanding of recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) gene therapy to help prepare multidisciplinary teams for the integration of rAAV gene therapy into the treatment armamentarium of eligible patients with a Rare Disease

Advancing the preparedness of gene therapy centers with institutional and/or multidisciplinary team training to execute clinical and operational best practices (e.g., SOPs and workflows) to optimize the quality of care for patients who are eligible for available recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) gene therapies.

Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Care September 2oth, 2022 The purpose of this RFP is to enhance education for healthcare professionals (HCPs) involved in diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with IBD. We are particularly interested in programs that focus on any or all of the following areas of need:

  • Management of extraintestinal manifestations (EIM) in patients with IBD
  • Management, coordination, and transition of care for adolescents with IBD
  • Role of nutrition in the care of patients with IBD

Education on new and emerging oral therapies for IBD including S1P modulators

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Immunotherapy in High-risk Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
September, 21st, 2022 The purpose of this RFP is to increase healthcare professional’s (HCPs) understanding of the use of immunotherapy in the treatment of HR-NMIBC.
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Building Capacity to Address Health Disparities in the United States through Antimicrobial Stewardship Telehealth & Tele-mentoring
October, 6th, 2022 The purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals to build capacity to address identified health disparities in antimicrobial stewardship in underserved patient populations through telehealth and tele-mentoring services.
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2022/2023 Global Obesity ASPIRE
October 11th, 2022 The intent of this RFP is to support research projects focused on:

  • Pathophysiology and biology of overweight and obesity
  • Understanding obesity as a disease

Utilizing retrospective databases, generate evidence of optimal management of obesity and co-existing comorbid conditions

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2022/2023 Global NASH ASPIRE
October 20th, 2022 The ASPIRE NASH program will evaluate submitted research proposals that cover areas in basic, clinical and translational sciences. The research proposals with innovative and the potential of high impact in advancing the learning about NASH will be encouraged.

The followings are the main areas of priority with high unmet needs:

  • Biopsy-confirmed NASH prevalence, clinical outcomes, and healthcare utilization
  • Innovations in the use of non-invasive tools in the care of patients with NASH

Understanding genetic drivers of NASH and identification of fast progressors

Asahi Kasei Pharma Open Innovation January 5th-February 28th, 2023 Asahi Kasei Pharma is publicly calling for new proposals related to drug discovery research as part of its efforts for open innovation, to promote pharmaceutical research and development through enhanced cooperation with universities, research institutes, and enterprises around the world.
AstraZeneca open innovations Rolling Admissions Multiple opportunities.  Please refer to website for details.
Improving Detection of AL Amyloidosis (IDEA) QuickFire Challenge Rolling Admissions We’re interested in products, technologies, or methodologies, which may be translational or clinical in nature.

We encourage applications from visionaries – including entrepreneurs/startups, hematologists, cardiologists, radiologists, and nephrologists familiar with AL amyloidosis, basic science researchers, and patient advocates – working on potentially ground-breaking ideas or technologies in AL amyloidosis that aim to:

  • Increase awareness of disease symptoms and improve recognition of disease among HCPs
  • Improve identification/testing of patients
  • Develop blood test/biomarkers for AL amyloidosis
  • Develop nuclear medicine imaging with amyloid-specific tracers
  • Create AI-based screening tools
  • Facilitate EMR-based research
  • Produce Epidemiology studies
Rare Treatment Accelerator (RTA) Rolling Admissions The Rare Treatment Accelerator program connects academic groups, patient groups and early-stage biotechs with Healx to unlock the power of repurposed drugs for rare diseases. Working together, we can quickly turn your research, insights and promising repurposing assets into treatments that will benefit rare disease patients
Pfizer-Vaccines Areas of Interest Rolling Admissions Qualified researchers are invited to submit research proposals, according to the guidance and instructions found on www.pfizer.com/ISR. A proposal requesting Pfizer support (e.g., funding and/or drug supply) is not a guarantee of acceptance or approval of that proposal. Decisions on support for submissions are made by the applicable Pfizer Global Reviewers. 
Pfizer- Inflammation and Immunology Areas of Interest Rolling Admissions Qualified researchers are invited to submit research proposals, according to the guidance and instructions found on www.pfizer.com/ISR. A proposal requesting Pfizer support (e.g., funding and/or drug supply) is not a guarantee of acceptance or approval of that proposal. Decisions on support for submissions are made by the applicable Pfizer Global Reviewers. 
Pfizer- Rare Disease Areas of Interest Rolling Admissions Qualified researchers are invited to submit research proposals, according to the guidance and instructions found on www.pfizer.com/ISR. A proposal requesting Pfizer support (e.g., funding and/or drug supply) is not a guarantee of acceptance or approval of that proposal. Decisions on support for submissions are made by the applicable Pfizer Global Reviewers. 
Pfizer- Internal Medicine Areas of Interest Rolling Admissions Qualified researchers are invited to submit research proposals, according to the guidance and instructions found on www.pfizer.com/ISR. A proposal requesting Pfizer support (e.g., funding and/or drug supply) is not a guarantee of acceptance or approval of that proposal. Decisions on support for submissions are made by the applicable Pfizer Global Reviewers. 
Cyclica Academic Partnership Program

 

Rolling Admissions Ligand Design Award
Generate novel compounds with desired ADMET properties that are specific to your target(s) of interest while avoiding anti-target(s)Ligand Express Award
Screen existing compounds for mechanisms of action, ADMET predictions, or repurposing opportunities. Cyclica is committed to award at least two labs at the University of Connecticut

 

Physical Sciences

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IN-PART Global Challenge Campaign Rolling Admissions The research or technology could be anything that provides a positive step forwards for sustainability within plastics, polymers and polymers in liquid formulations (PLFs), by using raw materials that are renewable or sustainable, processes that minimize environmental impacts, and alternatives to plastics that are biodegradable or recyclable. 
Halo Science-Expanded temperature ranges for adhesives Rolling Admissions The sponsor is seeking novel approaches to expand the temperature range of these commercial adhesives to temperatures below 4 C°. Potential solutions from adjacent industries are of significant interest, including novel materials, innovations in manufacturing processes and engineering solutions. Possible partnerships include contract research, providing grant monies, or other forms of investment.

Solutions of interest include:

Materials substitution, multifunctional materials, engineered products, or novel material structures
Curing agents or additives that lower the operational temperature window
Modifications to current manufacturing processes
Coatings, surface treatments, sealing agents, or other post-processing solutions would be considered but are of a lower priority than other methods

BASF Admission Dates Vary Join us in our efforts to innovate for a sustainable future: we welcome you to bring in your expertise to help with our ongoing challenges. Beyond that, we regularly offer opportunities for external collaboration in temporary campaigns. Additionally, in our open collaborations, you may find a perfect match with your profile. Take initiative and get in touch with us.
Shell N/A See website for more details.

Other Opportunities

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