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$1.6 million available in medical research and health care grants
By Chris Barnett / September 26, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation is offering more than $1.6 million in grants for seeding promising medical research projects and tackling diseases such as diabetes, dementia and blindness.

“Because of the generosity of our inspiring donors, we are able to invest in advancing medical breakthroughs,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The grants we make will have the potential to enable people to lead healthier lives and jumpstart one of the state’s most promising sectors.”

The deadline to apply for nearly $500,000 in Medical Research grants is Oct. 21. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to faculty at academic institutions or hospitals in Rhode Island who have been assistant or associate professors for no more than five years.

These one-time grants are intended to help emerging researchers advance projects to the point where they can compete for national funding. The grants can be used as start-up support for laboratory, clinical or population-based research.

In addition to general medical research, eligible subjects include infectious diseases, cardiac research, coronary artery disease, cerebral accidents, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, allergies and performance-enhancing substances.

The funding comes from the Alice W. Bliss Memorial Fund, Charles V. Chapin Fellowship Fund, Anne Elizabeth Chase Fund, Samuel J. and Ester Chester Medical Research Fund, Gilbert J. Clappin, Jr. Memorial Fund, Frieda Dengal Fund, Charles Goss Memorial Fund, Haire Family Fund, Herbert E. Hopkins Fund, Alice Newton Fund, Esther S. Phillips Fund, Phebe Parker Fund, Edythe and Jane Richmond Cancer Fund, Colonel Lee Walton and Xenia Roberts Memorial Fund, John O. Strom M.D. Memorial Fund and Mary A. Young Cancer Fund.

Nonprofit organizations that are engaged in work that impacts health care or the health of Rhode Islanders have until Oct. 11 to apply for more than $1.1 million through the Foundation’s new Special Medical Funds program. Grants are expected to range from $10,000 to $75,000.

The fund targets five broad areas: renal disease and diabetes; Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; mental health and developmental disabilities; blindness and physical disabilities; and end-of-life-care, hospice care and incurable diseases.

Applicants must show that they have sufficient capacity for the work, including financial infrastructure and staff. Priority will be given to proposals that will have the greatest impact on health and health care and that address health inequities and disparities in Rhode Island.

The funding comes from the Marion Baker Freeman Fund, Mabel M. Woodward Fund, United Welfare Committee Fund, Foundation for Health Fund, Anthony and Attilia E. Caran Fund, Eva and Boris Frankfurt Fund, Anna E. Johnson Fund for Incurables, Harriet Kean Harrington Fund, Richard N. and Beverly E. Carr Fund, Haire Family Fund, David Spalding Douglass Fund, Mary A. Young Cancer Fund, Dorothy Hackney Smith Fund, Ellen and Harry Smith Fund and Marquise d’Andigne Fund.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

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