Three Upcoming Foundation Funding Opportunities

The CFDE partners with the Office of Foundation Relations to bring to your attention these upcoming foundation funding opportunities. Please to reach out to the respective Foundation Relations contact listed on the linked documents for assistance.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation – Research Grant: This is an unrestricted funding opportunity, and the application due date is August 1, 2020.

  • The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world.
  • Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Imaging Scientists Program: This is an unrestricted funding opportunity, and the application due date is July 30, 2020.

  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) seeks to support the work of up to 15 Imaging Scientists who will work at the interface of biology, microscopy hardware, and imaging software at imaging core facilities across the world. “Imaging Scientists” might be engineers, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, or biologists who have focused on technology development in either light or electron microscopy, medical imaging, or data analysis fields.
  • The maximum budget that can be requested is $250,000 total costs per year for five years(no more than $1,250,000 total for five years). The award period is three years plus an additional two years, awarded as a separate grant, if the Imaging Program passes a review at year three. 

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Essential Open Source Software for Science: This is an unrestricted funding opportunity, and the application due date is August 4, 2020.

  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research.
  • Applicants can request funding between $50k and $250k for one year (inclusive of up to 15% for indirect/overhead costs).
  • This RFA will open on June 16. It is not yet posted, but will be soon.

Unrestricted funding opportunity called “Equality Can’t Wait” Challenge -- a partnership with Pivotal Ventures, MacKenzie Bezos, and Lever for Change.  The attached Announcement provides information about the competition and the award. Please contact Kristin Anderson at if you have any questions. 

  • Competition: “Equality Can’t Wait” Challenge
  • Award Amount: $10 million  (Finalists are eligible to receive a one-time award of $100,000.At least two grants of a minimum of $10 million will be awarded to the top proposals, to be paid out over 5 years.)Internal Deadline: August 3, 2020
  • Foundation Deadline: September 22, 2020

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Opportunities

  • Drug Development Program ($600,000): The goal of this RFP is to develop therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. This RFP focuses on building preclinical evidence in animal models and on advancing lead molecules to the clinical candidate selection stage.
  • Neuroimaging and CSF Biomarker Development Program ($600,000): The aim of this RFP is to develop biomarkers for which there is a clear clinical need in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • Prevention Beyond the Pipeline   ($50K-$100K for epidemiological analysis; and $3,000,000 for clinical trials ) The ADDF seeks to support comparative effectiveness research, prevention clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that probe whether the use or choice of drugs alters the risk for dementia or cognitive decline.
  • Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT) RFP ($3,000,000):  The goal of this RFP is to increase the number of innovative pharmacologic interventions tested in clinical studies for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

 LOI Deadlines: July 10

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