Office of the Vice President for Research

Extramural Coordinated Funding


UM Submission Instructions: Ono Pharma Breatkthrough Science Initiative Awards Program 2019

Sponsor: Ono Pharma Foundation
Award Title: Ono Pharma Breatkthrough Science Initiative Awards Program
Amount: $1,035,000
Up to $1,035,000 over three years
UM Deadline: 01/02/2019
Sponsor Deadline: 02/28/2019
Description: The goals of the Ono Initiative are to:
1) Identify and develop innovative research proposals and results that could lead to the development of breakthrough treatment solutions for patients.
2) Support academic research and the career development of promising young and mid-career scientists.
3) Build strong relationships within the community in order to lead to transformative research aligned with Ono Initiative's interest.

Annually, the Ono Pharma Foundation considers proposals from PIs for research that could ultimately transform human health. Target research of Chemical Biology is not specified. Chemical Biology is defined as research that deals with the interface between chemistry and biology. The criteria for this field is deliberately broad so as not to disqualify potentially innovative and groundbreaking projects.

For further information about the Ono Foundation and their priorities, please contact Wolfe Molitor at 612-624-7189 or molit005@umn.edu.
Number of Applicants University is Allowed to submit: 2
Additional Requirements: None
Sponsor Guidelines: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pcwFsKT6ZDahnDu2CF1tMpAjrYWKyvix
UM Nominations Process: Those interested in applying should complete this template and send the materials as a single pdf document to collabor@umn.edu no later than 4pm on 1/2.

Any questions can be submitted to collabor@umn.edu or call 612-625-2356.
Peer Review Coordination: Office of the VP for Research contact email
Status: PI Selected. Ilana Chefetz-Menaker, Hormel Institute, The, is the official UM nominee.
Please note: To be considered for peer review and internal selection, faculty must follow the above submission guidelines and meet the UM deadline as set by the office coordinating the peer review for this opportunity.



General Information

  • Each posting has information about the external sponsor and opportunity as well as the internal application instructions.
  • Opportunities can be sorted by column headings; just click on the heading to re-sort by that column.
  • When a link redirects you to another site, it opens in a new browser window.
  • If you know of an opportunity that is not on the list, please contact Robyn Kennedy.
Column Descriptions

  • Sponsor: redirects you to the sponsor's main website
  • Title/Guidelines: redirects you to sponsor specific information regarding the opportunity which may include description, eligibility, budget instructions, forms and other requirements
  • Amount: Maximum dollar amount awarded.
  • Add’l Req: Identifies special requirements such as cost sharing, partners, etc.
  • Sponsor Deadline: External deadline identified by the sponsor.
  • UM Submission Instructions: Contains specific internal submission requirements including internal proposal instructions, deadline, eligibility, internal nomination process, contact information.
  • # Apps: The maximum number of applications the sponsor will allow the university to submit.
  • UM Deadline: Submission deadline for internal proposal as determined by the coordinating office.
  • Status:
    • Open: UM deadline has not passed and the opportunity is open for application.
    • In Review: Peer review process is in progress for the opportunity.
    • PI Selected: The PI has been selected as the official UM nominee.
    • Closed: Sponsor deadline has passed and the opportunity is closed for application.
U of M Submission Instructions (Required)

This link includes summary sponsor information, specific instructions for internal submission and contact information for the university office coordinating the nomination process.

  • Follow the directions in the submission instructions and submit required materials by the UM deadline to the contact indicated.
  • Instructions vary according to the requirements of the sponsor and the university office coordinating the nomination process.
Registration (optional)

Registration is an optional but highly recommended feature. Perhaps you are looking for a wider audience for your proposal idea, or for potential collaborators to work with to create a stronger application. Registration allows applicants to share proposal ideas and post contact information.

Registration also provides information that helps the university office overseeing the nomination to determine the level of coordination needed and guide the review process.

To register (or view registrants), click on the UM Submission Instructions for a specific opportunity, then click on the Register Interest link.

Selection Process

  • Once the internal deadline has passed, the status will change to “In Review” and proposals will undergo review.
  • If there are multiple applicants, the office managing the nomination will determine the review criteria and coordinate the review process.
  • Once review has been completed all parties will be notified via email.
  • Nominees will be provided with a letter addressed to the sponsor from the OVPR indicating that they are the university's nominee. This letter should accompany the nominee's proposal.
  • SPA is notified of the university's nominee(s) and the status is updated to “PI Selected”.


*If you have questions about the University's process related to extramural funding opportunities requiring nomination or if you have any technical issues with the site, contact collabor8@umn.edu.

For questions, please contact OVPR's Research Advancement group.