Gatsby Charitable Foundation: Grants for Brain Research

OVERVIEW: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s neuroscience grants focus on theoretical neuroscience, basic research, circuits and behavior, multidisciplinary consortia, and building centers for neuroscience research.

IP TAKE: The best bet for new grantseekers here is to get in contact and make an introduction. This isn’t the most approachable funder out there, but if Gatsby staff believe a grantseeker’s work would be a good fit for one of the other 17 Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust nonprofits, they will pass that information on.

PROFILE: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is just one of the 17 nonprofits belonging to the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Each foundation is a separate legal entity.

Based in the United Kingdom, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation was established in 1967 by David Sainsbury and supports diverse causes, including neuroscience. Gatsby’s specific grantmaking programs in this space include Centres for Excellence, Circuits and Behaviour, Theoretical Neuroscience, Basic Research, and Multidisciplinary Consortia.

The overall goal of Gatsby’s neuroscience grantmaking is to “support world-class research” in its priority areas and to back “activities that enhance our understanding in these fields.”

Gatsby grants are most often awarded to medical research institutions and major universities around the world. Past neuroscience recipients include the Salk Institute, the University of Oxford, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Though the foundation does award the occasional grant over $500,000, amounts typically range from $100,000 to $300,000. To learn more about Gatsby grantees, explore its annual reports.

The Gatsby Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. However, it’s open to establishing  new relationships with organizations that share the foundation’s mission and goals. The foundation does not apply geographic restrictions to its neuroscience grantmaking.


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