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 go toward neuro and brain science. 

IP TAKE: Curci tends to support the same organizations each year. While newcomers appear on its rosters each year, they're rare. Grantseekers definitely have their work cut out when approaching this funder.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the TDC Foundation, the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation supports scientific research in a handful of disciplines, including neuroscience and brain science.

Before getting into this foundation’s specific grantmaking, it’s important to note that Curci backs projects “intended to benefit all or a large portion of humanity rather than a specific individual.” 

Given its mission, it comes as no surprise that this funder typically supports research projects at large universities and medical institutions. 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.

If you noticed a geographic commonality in those grantees, you would be right. Although Curci supports universities and academic institutions around the United States, it heavily favors those in California.

While Curci does not award a large number of grants each year, usually around 10 to 15, award amounts are relatively sizable, often ranging 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.


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