Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation: Grants for Brain Research

OVERVIEW: The California-based Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation funds scientific research in a handful of disciplines, though the majority of grants support neuro- and brain science. 

IP TAKE: Curci tends to support organizations with which it is familiar. While newcomers appear on its rosters each year, they are rare. 

PROFILE: Formerly known as the TDC Foundation, the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation was founded by real estate developer Shurl Curci, chairman of the Transpacific Development Company, and his wife. It aims to fund “science based research striving for the advancement of a healthy and sustainable future for humans.” It supports scientific research in a number of areas, including neuroscience/brain science, regenerative medicine, cell biology, cancer, and nanotechnology.

Given its mission, this funder typically supports research projects at large universities and medical institutions. It does not name specific grantmaking strategies, preferring to consider a range of proposals. Past grantees include Stanford University, which received a grant to support its migrating glioblastoma project, and the University of California, San Francisco, which received support for its research into brain tumor heterogeneity. Although Curci supports universities and academic institutions around the United States, it heavily favors those in California.

Curci usually awards around 10 to 15 grants per year, ranging in size from $50,000 to $200,000.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Its website provides some basic information for grantseekers, but those with further questions should contact the foundation directly.

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