Office of Research Industry Funding Opportunities - Office of Research

Industry Funding Opportunities

Below are selected industry funding opportunities that the Office of Corporate Relations has been made aware of, which include an assortment of competitive grants, private awards and in-kind opportunities.

In accordance with University of California policy, it is required that all research proposals for extramural support be reviewed by UC Davis Office of Research, Sponsored Programs before it can be formally submitted for consideration. Additionally, some proposal submissions may require direct interface and coordination through InnovationAccess when appropriate. Please note that all information shared as part of this process shall be considered non-confidential unless otherwise noted. Awards resulting from extramural funding programs will require internal coordination through UC Davis Office of Research.

Topic areas include:

Human and Animal Health

Food and Agriculture

Engineering and Technology

For additional information, regarding any of the programs or partnerships listed below please contact ocr@ucdavis.edu

Additional resources related to funding:

  • Funding Opportunities are available on the Office of Research website.
  • For information on philanthropic partnerships, contact Foundation and Corporate Giving by calling (530) 752-1282 or email.

Human and Animal Health

Bayer: Grants4Targets – Pharmaceuticals

Submission Deadline: August

Type of support: Two types of grants depending on the molecular target, the scientific data provided and the maturity of the proposal.

Overview: Bayer offers financial and scientific support to promote the exploration of therapeutic ideas for novel drug targets towards the development of innovative solutions in the areas of oncology, gynecology, heart and vascular diseases, specialty lung diseases, kidney diseases and hemostatic and acute organ disorders.

For further details: https://grants4targets.bayer.com/home/pharma/

Eli Lilly: Open Innovation Drug Design

Deadline: Rolling submissions

Type of support: In-kind, access to Eli Lilly’s research tools and data.

Overview: The Lilly Open Innovation Drug Discovery Program (OIDD) engages external investigators in a hypothesis-driven approach to early drug discovery. The goal is to identify drug discovery opportunities that can serve as the foundation for collaborative work between Lilly and external investigators. UC Davis currently has a program agreement in place for this program and new users must create an account to use the OIDD tools.

For further details: https://openinnovation.lilly.com

Eli Lilly: Lilly Innovation Fellowship Award Program (LIFA)

Deadline: Rolling submissions

Type of support: In-kind, access to Eli Lilly’s research tools and data.

Overview: The Lilly Innovation Fellowship Award (LIFA) program was created to identify and foster exceptional post-doctoral scientists pursuing ground breaking research projects. The prestigious LIFA program pairs a post-doctoral scientist with their academic mentor and a Lilly scientist, who serves as an industry mentor, to advance an innovative research proposal developed by the fellow. The goal of the LIFA program is to focus on research topics or “Grand Challenges” that will drive innovation in scientific areas of greatest strategic interest to Eli Lilly and Company, while remaining general enough to foster disruptive innovation

For further details: https://www.lilly.com/lilly-innovation-fellowship-award-program

GlaxoSmithKline: Discovery Fast Track Challenge

Deadline: Rolling submissions

Type of support: In-kind, access to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) research tools and data.

Overview: The Discovery Fast Track Challenge recognizes and rewards innovative concepts, discoveries and research by investigators at research institutions, colleges and universities. The Challenge is open to principal investigators affiliated with an institute, college or university located in a specified region. Winning investigators will collaborate with a team of our scientists to screen their target of interest to put their innovative research concept on an accelerated drug discovery path. GSK will provide state-of-the-art capabilities and scientific expertise. Promising results may lead to an opportunity for the investigator and institution to collaborate with us to create a novel medicine with the Discovery Partnerships for Academia (DPAc).

For further details: http://openinnovation.gsk.com/

GlaxoSmithKline: Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc)

Deadline: Rolling submissions

Type of support: In-kind, access to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) research tools and data.

Overview: GSK is looking for projects with specific and testable hypotheses with the potential to deliver therapeutic benefits to patients with an unmet medical need. Your proposal can address almost any disease area and be based on either a small molecule or biopharmaceutical (protein) therapeutic modality. Once we mutually agree to undertake a project, we will work together hand-in-hand throughout the process, from early screening to late lead optimization.

For further details: http://www.dpac.gsk.com/about.html

Food and Agriculture

Bayer: Grants4Targets – Crop Science

Submission Deadline: August

Type of support: Two types of grants depending on the molecular target, the scientific data provided and the maturity of the proposal.

Overview: Bayer offers financial and scientific support to promote the exploration of ideas for novel molecular targets towards the development of innovative new crop protection solutions for weed, pest and disease control. Bayer aims to translate innovation coming from research into modern crop protection products suitable for the future challenges of the global agricultural community.

For further details: https://grants4targets.bayer.com/home/crop-science/

Engineering and Technology

Agilent: Thought Leader Program

Deadline: This is an invitational program only – Agilent does not accept nominations.

Type of support: Financial support and in-kind.

Overview: This invitational program promotes fundamental scientific advancements by contributing financial support, products and expertise to the research of influential thought leaders in the life sciences, diagnostics, and chemical analysis. If there is a specific project that is likely to be of great interest to Agilent, but you are unaware of the appropriate Agilent person to contact, then please send that specific proposal abstract to university_relations@agilent.com, we can then route it to the correct person for evaluation.

Agilent: Early Career Professor Award

Deadline: January

Type of support: Financial support, unrestricted research award of $100K, distributed over 2 years to university in the professor’s name.

Overview: The Agilent Early Career Professor award goal is to promote and encourage excellent research enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world. To establish strong collaborative relationships between Agilent researchers and leading professors early in their career; building prominence of Agilent as a sponsor of university research. The award focus changes annually, and candidates must have completed their Ph.D. or M.D. within the last 10 years.

For further details: http://www.agilent.com/univ_relation/profaward/index.shtml

Samsung: SAIT Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program

Deadline: June

Type of support: Financial support, up to $100,000 per year. This funding may be renewed for up to three years.

Overview: The SAMSUNG Global Research Outreach (GRO) Program is an important part of growing SAMSUNG’s (Samsung Electronics & related Samsung companies) academic research engagement and collaboration platforms. World-class university researchers have been annually invited since 2009 to propose novel research ideas and to work with our R&D teams to foster technological innovation. Selected GRO applicants will receive financial support for their proposed project, up to USD $100,000 per year. This funding may be renewed for up to three years, based on measured annual research outcomes and necessity for further research partnership determined by SAMSUNG. Joint research proposals from multiple universities are welcome and acceptable. The GRO Program represents an opportunity for SAMSUNG and universities to build a mutually beneficial research relationship and we look forward to your participation.

For further details: http://www.sait.samsung.co.kr/saithome/Page.do?method=main&pagePath=01_about/&pageName=gro_overview