Years of yo-yo federal budgets, as well as actual or threatened across-the-board spending cuts or sequestration have made more than a few researchers nervous about relying on NIH for their research grant funding. For a few fortunate researchers, however, an alternative to Washington has emerged among charitable funds and foundations that devote at least a portion of their grant funds to projects in the life sciences.
Following is a list of 11 charitable funds and foundations, unranked and listed in alphabetical order, that fund life sciences research in more than a single disease, and that are known primarily for their charitable contributions to life-sci researchers and their institutions, as reflected in grants and other awards.
Each fund or foundation is listed by most recent year of data availability in all categories sought; total grants paid out that year; a breakdown of that grant activity by disease, program, or anecdotal example cited in public materials; a total approved grant amount where available; total expense and revenue; and location of their headquarters. Financial figures come from an institution’s annual report or audited financial statement, except where otherwise indicated, such as through tax returns.
The funds and foundations listed are among top examples as established from publicly available sources, including a “Foundations and Other Funding Sources” list maintained by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, but do not constitute a list of all funds and foundations.