OVERVIEW: The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation is relatively small, and gives support to "established researchers at top universities and independent research institutions" in the United States.
IP TAKE: With a low profile and big grant amounts, Mathers is a tempting target. Working in a hot topic area within brain research and associating with a top university or research institution will increase your chances of obtaining a grant.
PROFILE: Based in Mount Kisco, New York, the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation employs only three full-time staff, but with a sizable endowment, the foundation has plenty to give in the area of medical research. Mathers has given millions to brain research over the past decade.
While basic science is where this foundation concentrates a lot of its giving, in terms of the brain, it supports mostly the sexier areas of research, such as prions, plasticity and consciousness.
Founded in 1982, Mathers gives heavily to investigators and scientists operating out of major schools and research institutes, with about a 60/40 split in favor of the former. Most of its grants are concentrated in three states: Massachusetts, California and New York. Grants regularly top $100,000.
Grantseekers can sift through the foundation’s representative list of current projects to get a better handle on the types of projects it funds, where, and at what level.
In addition to some of the areas mentioned above, Mathers has supported research on pattern recognition and memory formation. The foundation also likes to give to the same organization several years in a row.
Because of its small staff and low profile, applying for a Mathers grant is straightforward. The foundation recommends sending an inquiry, or calling at 914-242-0465. Although there are no specific deadlines, Mathers will either encourage or discourage grantees from proceeding after reviewing their queries.