Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative: Grants for Brain Research & Treatment

OVERVIEW: Geoffrey Beene’s brain research and treatment support focuses on Alzheimer’s disease, with a special initiative dedicated to the condition. It prioritizes research for early-stage Alzheimer's, which is believed to be the key to prevention and treatment.

IP TAKE:  Geoffrey Beene does not accept unsolicited proposals, except when it announces its research “challenges,” which appear only once every few years.

PROFILE: The Geoffrey Beene Foundation was established in 2006 from the estate of Geoffrey Beene, of the well-known fashion brand. Its main philanthropic effort is the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which “has served as the nucleus for revolutionary new research approaches in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.” In addition to its Cancer Research Center, Beene also has initiatives concerning Alzheimer’s disease, military veterens, and animal welfare,

Interestingly, the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative is a separate 501(c)(3) from its cancer-funding program and is the beneficiary of sole donor support from the Geoffrey Beene Foundation. Launched in 2007, Beene’s Alzheimer’s Initiative funds innovative new projects that advance awareness, diagnosis, and research in early stages of the disease. It is underwritten by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation. The Alzheimer’s Initiative prioritizes “‘big data’ analysis and mainstream digital tech applications like mobile brain behavior monitoring and social media-based population databases that can focus and support the growing millions of Americans who are worried about their brain health.” The foundation prefers to work “across disciplines and industries through awards-based, open source challenges that engage new leaders with new ideas about our nation’s aging population and how to accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s therapies.”

Between 2007 and 2015, contributions to this initiative totaled more than $4.8 million. The foundation likes to see big data analysis and tech applications in this field. Some of its programs include the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry, the CogState Clinical Trial, the BrainBaseline app, and the Ginger.io platform and app. The initiative regularly supports technical applications that help people monitor their brain health and seek treatment for Alzheimer’s as early as possible. Other shows of support have included public involvement and education. The HBO documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project was supported by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative to make the public more aware of this growing epidemic.

The Geoffrey Beene Foundation does not offer an open grant application process and does not generally accept unsolicited proposals. However, it occasionally releases “challenges,” which award research grants for specific issues in Alzheimer’s research.

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