Active Grants

Below is a list of the “active” grants of the Flinn Foundation—those grants that have been awarded and have yet to receive final payment; and/or for which grant-related activities have not concluded.

Many Flinn Foundation grants are multiple-year awards that receive payments throughout the duration of the grant. In some cases, grants are extended (without additional funding provided) beyond their scheduled date of conclusion.

This list is not comprehensive, as it excludes grants for membership dues to philanthropic organizations and other miscellaneous awards, but represents the Foundation’s project-specific grant-making activity to achieve its strategic goals.

Arizona Apparel Foundation

City: Tempe

Amount: $150,000

Award Date: 2020

Duration: 6 months

Program Area: Bioscience

Support for an essential project of the Fashion and Business Resource Innovation Center (FABRIC) to manufacture reusable PPE for health-care workers, using a state-of-the-art computerized cutting machine and other new equipment.

Arizona Bioindustry Association

City: Phoenix

Amount: $239,750

Award Date: 2021

Duration: 12 months

Program Area: Bioscience

Partnership with seven 2021 awardees of funding and program services through the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program:

Botanisol Analytics

Botanisol Analytics of Phoenix is developing rapid, digital virus screeners for COVID-19 and other pathogens. The portable device can be operated anywhere by minimally trained, non-medical personnel and provides results about chemical and biological threats in less than 10 minutes. A laser is used to detect molecular signatures and allows for real-time analysis in the field. 


LabPair is a web application that matches scientists with incomplete, complementary work, thereby improving their collective chances of publishing and receiving funding. The Tucson-based company will be especially impactful for biomedical research, as it will help eliminate redundancy, increase the pace of research, and result in more impactful studies. 

Movement Interactive 

Movement Interactive is a developer of wearable technology to address undiagnosed concussions and unreported falls. The Phoenix-based company is the maker of the Hiji® band, a comfortable and versatile headband with a Bluetooth sensor that connects to a mobile app to provide real-time data directly to parents and coaches about possible concussion-strength impacts.


Paxauris is a Phoenix-based company that has created soft, silicone earplugs that inflate in the ear to provide a comfortable seal that blocks unwanted noise. The earplug is fabricated from durable materials and is designed to be reusable for more than 100 insertions. The earplug can also serve as a biometric platform for many physiological measurements.

Satori Orthopaedics

Phoenix-based Satori Orthopaedics is developing a next-generation intramedullary nail that expedites healing from tibia and femur fractures and decreases the potential for complications requiring additional surgery. This is the first intramedullary nail which allows surgeon-modulated controlled axial motion.

Scintillation Nanotechnologies

Scintillation Nanotechnologies develops, manufactures, and sells multiplexed nanoscale radioisotope detectors for use in drug discovery in academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical research laboratories. The unique chemical and physical properties of the Tucson-based company’s products give researchers unprecedented insight into drug uptake, binding, and distribution while saving time and reducing costly hazardous waste.

Taproot Interventions & Solutions

TapRoot Interventions & Solutions has created an AI-powered digital assistant, Ella, to provide a personalized behavioral approach in caring for cognitively impaired individuals, beginning with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Phoenix-based company’s TapRoot smartphone-based system provides behavioral interventions for patients, helping caregivers improve their efficiency and performance.

Arizona Commission on the Arts

City: Phoenix

Amount: $20,000

Award Date: 2021

Duration: 36 months

Program Area: Arts and Culture

Support for the Commission’s SMU DataArts liaison position, which provides localized technical support to Arizona organization users of the DataArts system, continuing a collaboration among the Commission, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, and the Flinn Foundation to work with DataArts on behalf of Arizona’s arts-and-culture sector.

Arizona Republic

City: Phoenix

Amount: $300,000

Award Date: 2019

Duration: 24 months

Program Area: Bioscience

Expenditure-responsibility grant to support a multimedia journalism initiative to deepen public understanding of bioscience research, industry development, and clinical advances in Arizona. This grant supports two new positions at the Republic: a multimedia reporter and a digital developer; while the reporter publishes articles, video reports, and other content for the Republic’s audiences, the developer will incorporate the content in cutting-edge formats, including virtual and augmented reality. Although these new-media projects will be available globally on multiple platforms, the developer will particularly concentrate on preparing them to be showcased at in-person events connecting the public to the biosciences.

Arizona State University

City: Tempe

Amount: $702,000

Award Date: 2021

Duration: 48 months

Program Area: Flinn Scholars

Scholarship awards for the Flinn Scholars Class of 2021.