The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation: Grants for Brain Research and Treatment

OVERVIEW: The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation works to double the life expectancy of people with brain cancer, but it ultimately seeks to cure the disease. Since its inception, the foundation’s funding has centered on brain tumor research that promises to lead to improved diagnostics and therapies.

IP TAKE: The Ivy Foundation’s grants prioritize researchers and scientists working at large and established groups—typically major hospitals and universities. Small research organizations and institutes are unlikely to secure the Ivy Foundation’s funding.

PROFILE: The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation was established in 2005 after Ben Ivy lost his painful four-month battle with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Since then, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based foundation has been on a mission to “fund research on gliomas to develop better diagnostics and treatments that lead to long-term survival and a high quality of life for patients with brain tumors.” Catherine Ivy’s personal goal is “to prevent others from having to go through what we endured and to decrease the suffering of patients with brain tumors.” Ivy Foundation grants exclusively fund GBM research, supporting a number of innovative projects in the study of GBM, including stem cell therapies, clinical and translational sciences, and molecular targeted therapy.

Ivy’s Grants fund “cutting-edge research that will improve diagnostics and treatment options for patients with brain cancer.” To date, the foundation has awarded over $91 million in research funding. Recent major grants include $1.5 million for “Preclinical And Clinical Development Of Neural Stem Cells (NSC)” at City of Hope, $1.5 million more for “Engineering De Novo Antitumor Immunity Using Patient-Specific Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-modified T Cells” also at City of Hope, and $2 million “To Drive Clinical Discovery Through Optimized Mathematical Neuro-Oncology Response Metrics” at the Mayo Clinic.

In addition to research grants, Ivy also offers the Neurological Science Internship Program, which aims to “inspire high school and undergraduate students to pursue a career in bioscience, particularly in the areas of glioma research, neuroscience or neurogenomics.” This program allows students to conduct “hands-on biomedical research” under the mentorship of a TGen investigator.

The Ivy Foundation’s grants may range from $250,000 to $3 million. Grantseekers may review the foundation’s Research Funded to Date to see what kind of projects have attracted the foundation’s attention in the past.

Unfortunately, Ivy does not accept unsolicited proposals of any sort.

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