Open Call – Human Vaccines Project: 2021 Michelson Prize

Mar 29, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Human Vaccines Project.  Follow the links below for more information.


UCSC Contact:
Funder: Human Vaccines Project
Opportunity: 2021 Michelson Prize
Deadline:  June 18, 2021


The 2021 Michelson Prizes will be looking for research proposals in two areas:

  • Human Immunology and Vaccine Research: Research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development.
  • Climate Change and Human Immunology: Research that expands our understanding of the potential effects of climate change on immune function with a particular interest in research that will directly translate into vaccine and immunotherapy development to mitigate its impact.

Projects should propose innovative ideas and approaches that can be applied across many disease areas and states and have the potential to significantly expand our understanding of the human immune system and accelerate the development of vaccines and immunotherapies.

 Award Amount & Terms

$150,000, with no indirect cost allowed


Applicants must be 35 or younger at the time of pre-application submission. Early career independent investigators, postdoctoral fellows and other researchers currently in training positions are eligible for these awards.

Special Requirements

If invited to submit a full proposal, please promptly contact your OSP officer to comply with process requirements and submission schedules.

Full proposal internal deadlines:

For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Call sent: March 25, 2021

The Office Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the FR website.  FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact