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Foundations Offering Research and Development Funding

Below is a list of foundations that provide research and development funding to companies and/or academic researchers. To add your foundation to the list or to alert our community to a current or new funding program, please contact Jim Shamp. Additionally, let us know if we can help your foundation connect with North Carolina-based companies or researchers.

  • Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
    ABCC's mission is straightforward: to invest in research aimed at funding the fastest possible route to a cure. Understanding that brain tumor and cancer patients are in desperate need of new, effective treatments, ABCC partners with world renowned researchers to bring new treatments to patients as quickly as possible.
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation
    The Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation (ACCRF) supports research into adenoid cystic carcinoma that will accelerate the development of improved therapies and a cure for the disease.
  • Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
    The ALSF raises money for childhood cancer, primarily for research into new treatments and cures.
  • ALS Association, The
    By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
  • Alpha-1 Foundation
    A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing the leadership and resources that will result in increased research, improved health, worldwide detection, and a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. The Foundation participates in industry and government liaison groups and develops strategic alliances with government, industry and other national and international health and research organizations.
  • Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation
    The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation was established in 2004 as a public charity to support the advancement of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging.
  • American Brain Tumor Association
    For nearly 40 years, the ABTA has been providing comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as the critical funding of research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care.
  • American Heart Association / American Stroke Association
    The AHA is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  The ASA is solely focused on reducing disability and death from stroke.
  • Arthritis Foundation
    Because ignoring the pain and disability of arthritis is unacceptable, the Arthritis Foundation is working to conquer this debilitating disease and make a positive impact on the lives of people with arthritis.
  • Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
    AFTD stimulates, funds, and promotes research into the causes and treatments for frontotemporal degeneration.
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
    AAFA is the only patient organization in the United States that funds research grants for both asthma and allergic diseases.
  • Autism Speaks
    Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
  • Avon Foundation
    The Avon Foundation is focused on breast cancer and domestic violence, as well as emergency and disaster relief, touching lives across the country and around the world.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    The Global Health Program harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. The Foundation focuses on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, the Foundation supports sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don’t, the Foundation invests in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics.
  • Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
    BJALCF plans to become the global leader for lung cancer. The ultimate goal is to increase the low survival rate of lung cancer by becoming the largest source of non-profit funding dedicated to turning lung cancer into a manageable chronic disease.
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
    The mission of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
    The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.
  • CHDI Foundation
    CHDI is a private, not-for-profit research organization working with an international network of scientists to discover drugs that slow the progression of Huntington’s disease (HD).
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association
    The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association supports research on the causes and possible cures for CMT, the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy, by focusing on patient education and support.  Their mission is to support the development of new drugs to treat CMT, to improve the quality of life for people with CMT, and, ultimately, to find a cure.
  • Children's Tumor Foundation
    The Children's Tumor Foundation is  a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding effective treatments for the millions of people worldwide living with neurofibromatosis (NF), a term for three distinct disorders: NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis.
  • Chordoma Foundation
    The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of chordoma patients by accelerating research to develop effective treatments for chordoma, and by helping patients to get the best care possible.
  • Conquer Cancer Foundation
    Conquers cancer worldwide by funding breakthrough cancer research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge.
  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
    The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Cure Brain Cancer is the peak organization for brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness in Australia, with a time-critical mission to increase five-year survival from the current 20 percent to 50 percent by 2023. With a strong patient focus, forges global collaborations, funds innovative research bring world-class clinical trials to Australia to give children and adults with brain cancer access to new treatments faster. 
  • CureDuchenne
    CureDuchenne is a national nonprofit that raises awareness and funds to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
  • Cure JM Foundation
    The Cure JM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-managed organization dedicated to finding a cure for Juvenile Myositis (JM).
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure for cystic fibrosis.
  • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
    The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation is dedicated to serving all people with dystonia and their families.
  • Elsa U. Pardee Foundation
    The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation supports research programs directed toward discovering new approaches for cancer treatment and cure.  It also provides financial support for cancer treatment.
  • Epilepsy Foundation
    The Epilepsy Foundation of America® is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.
  • Epilepsy Therapy Project
    The Epilepsy Therapy Project is dedicated to a singular focus: overcoming the funding gaps and roadblocks that slow the progress of new therapies from the lab to the patient. Epilepsy Therapy Project seeks to improve incentives and encourage commercial investment in new therapies.
  • Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc.
    The mission of the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund is to find effective treatments and a cure for Fanconi anemia and to provide education and support services to affected families worldwide.
  • Fast Forward (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
    Fast Forward acts as a catalyst, connecting people, ideas, and vital resources to accelerate the development of new treatments for people with MS. We bridge the gap between groundbreaking research knowledge, and the commercial resources necessary to move those discoveries into the drug development process.
  • Focused Ultrasound Foundation
    The Focused Ultrasound Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and longevity of millions of patients worldwide with serious medical disorders by making focused ultrasound available in the shortest time possible.
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness
    The urgent mission of Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
  • Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine
    The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine supports the development of the most promising mitochondrial disease research and treatments of the many forms of mitochondrial disease.
  • Hannah's Hope Fund
    The mission of Hannah’s Hope Fund (HHF) is to raise funds for a treatment and cure of Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN,) a recessively inherited condition that results in progressive nerve death.
  • Hanuman Medical Foundation
    Hanuman Medical Foundation was founded to support innovative research that will lead as quickly as possible to a cure for type 1 diabetes or to some form of therapy that allows people with the disease to live a healthy life free of dependence on external insulin.
  • Hearing Health Foundation
    The mission of Hearing Health Foundation is to prevent and cure hearing loss through groundbreaking research.
  • Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation
    The Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which raises awareness, funds scientific research, and educates the medical community as well as the general public about Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT).
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
  • Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
    The mission of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is to decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina.
  • Lymphoma Research Foundation
    The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and providing people with lymphoma and healthcare professionals with up-to-date information about this type of cancer.
  • Melanoma Research Alliance
    The MRA funds research worldwide to better prevent, diagnose and treat melanoma. The MRA's ultimate goal is to find a cure.
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation's single-minded goal is to speed progress in Parkinson's therapeutic development. 2013 Funding programs include:
    • Dyskinesia Challenge
    • LRRK2 Pharmacodynamic Assays
    • MJFF Biosample and Tissue Resources
    • Target Validation
  • Michelson Prize & Grants
    The Michelson Prize & Grants was established by Found Animals Foundation with the goal of developing a non-surgical sterilant for cats and dogs, a product that experts agree is the key to making shelter euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets a thing of the past.
  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
    The MMRF relentlessly pursues innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
    MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
  • Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
    The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) is a non-profit service organization dedicated to providing clinically sound, safe allograft tissue. The MTF is comprised of a national consortium of academic medical institutions, organ procurement organizations and tissue recovery organizations.
  • National Foundation for Cancer Research
    The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) supports cancer research and public education relating to prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments and ultimately, a cure for cancer.
  • National Hemophilia Foundation
    The National Hemophilia Foundation is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research.
  • Neurobiology Foundation
    The Neurobiology Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to raising funds and providing biomedical research grants with the specific focus of revealing therapeutic targets to facilitate better management of schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
  • National Lung Cancer Partnership
    The Partnership is currently sponsoring Young Investigator Research Grants, which support researchers early in their career, ignite their interest in lung cancer research, and complement other programs that support lung cancer research. The Partnership provides scientists the critical ground-level support they need to build their ideas to compete for more extensive funding from the federal government and other philanthropic entities.
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
    OREF is an independent, 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support research and education on diseases and injuries of bones, joints, nerves, and muscles. OREF-funded research and education enhance clinical care, leading to improved health, increased activity, and a better quality of life for patients.
  • Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
    Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne. PPMD takes a comprehensive approach in the fight against Dushenne--funding research, raising awareness, promoting advocacy, connecting the community, and broadening treatment options.
  • Progeria Research Foundation
    The mission of the Progeria Research Foundation is to find treatments and the cure for Progeria and its aging-related disorders.
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation
    The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research globally.
  • Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation Inc.
    The Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation, Inc. funds research in the neurosciences with a specific focus on investigation that may advance the knowledge or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Pilot studies that can lead to conventional funding are preferred, to focus the Foundation’s support on new rather than existing research.
  • St. Baldrick's Foundation
    The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

  • Sisko Foundation
    The mission of the Sisko Foundation is to raise awareness of breast cancer, fund improvements in research and treatment, and support breast cancer patients and their families to reduce, and eventually eliminate the effects of this disease.

  • Skin Cancer Foundation

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation is dedicated to reducing the incidence of skin cancer through a combination of research, public education and awareness.
  • Sontag Foundation
    The Sontag Foundation’s primary focus is on brain cancer, with additional support for rheumatoid arthritis. Providing grant support to programs helping individuals in Northeast Florida become more self-sufficient has also become a priority.
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
    Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
  • Taylor's Tale
    Taylor’s Tale provides funding for Batten disease research as well as promote awareness of the disease and the devastating impact it has on the children it affects.
  • US Hereditary Angioedema Association, Inc.
    The US Hereditary Angioedema Association, Inc. (US HAEA), founded and staffed by HAE patients and HAE patient caregivers, is a non-profit patient advocacy organization dedicated to serving persons with angioedema. The Association provides HAE patients and their families with a support network and a wide range of services including physician referrals, and individualized patient support.
  • V Foundation for Cancer Research
    The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The Foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer.
  • W.M. Keck Foundation
    Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research has been the W.M. Keck Foundation's mandate for a half-century. By funding the work of leading researchers, the establishment of unique laboratories and research centers, and the purchase of sophisticated instruments, the Foundation is laying the groundwork for breakthrough discoveries and new technologies that will save lives, provide innovative solutions to complex problems and add immeasurably to our understanding of life on Earth and our place in the universe.