Foundation and Private Funding Resources

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant-making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program funds investigations that advance our understanding of Alzheimer's disease, help identify new treatment strategies, provide information to improve care for people with dementia, and further our knowledge of brain health and disease prevention. Our awards support investigators at every professional stage and always include categories specifically designed to help talented young scientists establish careers in Alzheimer research.

American Diabetes Association

A primary goal of our program is to support the careers of young scientists. Our Career Development and Junior Faculty provide young scientists the salary and research support necessary to establish a track record of success that will allow them to get further funding from the NIH. We have other awards that match recent doctoral candidates with outstanding senior scientists to help them get started in research, and awards that provide clinical students a year of research experience before or after graduation. We also provide general grant support to both new and established investigators, specialized grants assisting clinical and innovative researchers, and opportunities for established investigators as they advance their careers and the field of diabetes research and care. With all of our award programs, our goal is to make a unique contribution that will accelerate the search for the prevention and cure of diabetes and its complications.

American Federation for Aging Research

AFAR provides financial support to early and mid-career scientists whose research can increase knowledge of the fundamental mechanisms of aging. In turn, this unveils important insights into the disease pathways involved in many of the chronic problems associated with aging such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and neurological disorders. Strengthening its mission of scientific cultivation, AFAR is dedicated to training the next generation of leaders in the field.

Deafness Research Foundation

DRF, the leading national source of private funding for research in hearing and balance science, awards research grant awards of up to $25,000 to researchers once a year to conduct novel investigations of auditory and vestibular function and dysfunction. All research proposals in hearing and balance science, including those for basic, translational and applied clinical research, will be considered for funding. DRF wishes to stimulate research that leads to a continuing and independently fundable line of research.

Foundation for Child Development

The Foundation for Child Development, through its work in Prek-3rd Education, supports the restructuring of PreKindergarten through Third Grade into a well-aligned first level of public education for children (ages three to eight) in the United States. FCD supports research, policy development, advocacy, and communications strategies related to FCD's work in PreK-3rd Education.

The FCD's New American Children grants focus on stimulating basic and applied research on children (birth through age ten) living in low-income immigrant families.

The FCD awards an average of 14 grants each year. Please see our complete listing of grants for details about specific grant-funded projects.

Komen Cancer Foundation

Our Research Programs play a critical role in energizing science to find the cures by funding research that will speed the translation of discoveries into reductions in breast cancer mortality and/or incidence within the next decade and by training investigators at critical stages of their career to ensure sustained discovery. The impact of our research investments are evident in every major advance in breast cancer over the past 25 years. Annually, we support many different types of research grants, each designed to meet specific objectives and to optimize results. Requests for Applications (RFAs) are issued in April for research grants and September for training grants. Applications proceed through a rigorous scientific peer review processes that involves leading scientists, clinicians, and advocates. Once awarded, our grantees become part of a unique science management process that engages our researchers and sustains accountability. Advocate participation in peer review is extended to involvement in many of these ongoing research projects and to other scientific activities through our Advocates in Science program.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Research Initiatives

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has a four-pronged research program dedicated to finding the cause(s) of and a cure for Parkinson's disease.

PDF's research program includes:

  • Center Grants Program
  • International Research Grants Program
  • Fellowship and Career Development Program
  • Collaborative Endeavors (including the Advancing Parkinson's Treatments Innovations Grant)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants for projects in the United States and U.S. territories that advance our mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans.

For projects to be eligible for funding, they must address one of our seven program areas. Visit a program area for more information on its strategic objectives and funding guidelines.

RWJF awards most grants through calls for proposals (CFPs). All seven program areas issue CFPs from time to time.

The Pioneer Portfolio accepts unsolicited proposals for projects that suggest new and creative approaches to solving health and health care problems. Pioneer welcomes proposals for unsolicited grants at any time and issues awards throughout the year. There are no deadlines.

Eligible Organizations

We generally support public agencies, universities and public charities that are tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Types of Projects We Fund

We aim to fund innovative projects that can have measurable impact and can create meaningful, transformative change, such as:

  • service demonstrations
  • gathering and monitoring of health-related statistics
  • public education
  • training and fellowship programs
  • policy analysis
  • health services research
  • technical assistance
  • communications activities
  • evaluations.

Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

The Whitehall Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which is focused exclusively on assisting basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology in the United States.

Investigations should specifically concern neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's overall grantmaking strategy is to support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and to make grants in areas of science that are poised for significant advance. BWF makes grants within six focus areas: Infectious Disease; Interfaces in Sciences; Medical Sciences; Population and Laboratory Bases Sciences; Science Education; Translational Research.

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation with principal interests in brain science, immunology, and arts education. Charles A. Dana, a New York State legislator, industrialist, and philanthropist, founded what is today the Dana Corporation. Science and health grants support brain research in neuroscience and immunology and their interrelationship in human health and disease.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. It encourages the nation's most promising young investigators to pursue careers in cancer research by funding initial postdoctoral Fellowship Awards, Scholar Awards and Clinical Investigator Awards.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation that for over 40 years has been guided by the business philosophy and values of founders, David and Lucile Packard. We invest in and take smart risks with innovative people and organizations.

The objective of The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars Program is to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to new investigators needed to permit them to become established in the field of aging.

NARSAD's Young Investigator Award Program provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. One and two year awards are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to schizophrenia, major affective disorders, or other serious mental illnesses.

The Pew Charitable Trusts invests in an array of programs related to science that are aimed at improving the quality of scientific research as well as making data widely available. These projects are working toward solutions to environmental, health and safety dilemmas. We also have a decades-long commitment to support groundbreaking research by biomedical researchers early in their careers.

The Rita Allen Foundation was established in 1953. It was a modest sized Foundation until Rita Allen Cassel died in 1969 and left a substantial portion of her estate to the Foundation. She directed that most of these funds be used to advance medical research. It was from these beginnings, that the Foundation established the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program which has supported more than eighty scientists over the last thirty years.

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.