C.R. Bard Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The C.R. Bard Foundation’s disease-related grantmaking centers on the fields of vascular medicine, urology, and oncology, as well as surgical specialties.

IP TAKE: Bard is an accessible funder that pays a lot of attention to both large and small groups. While the foundation’s total annual grantmaking is relatively sizeable, it spreads its funds among a large number of organizations, rather than awarding big grants to a small number of recipients.

PROFILE: The C.R. Bard Foundation is the philanthropic arm of C.R. Bard Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of medical products related to vascular medicine, urology, oncology, and surgery. The foundation’s overall mission is to “strengthen the health and well-being of our communities by improving the quality of life for people around the world.” To pursue that mission, Bard operates three main grantmaking programs: Health Care Commitment, Community Commitment, and Matching Gifts.

The C.R. Bard Foundation awards most of its disease-related grants out of its Health Care Commitment program. Bard supports “scholarship programs, public health and education awareness campaigns and fellowship support” to non-profits, hospitals, medical schools. Its research grants provide support for “bona fide, commercially-reasonable and scientifically-warranted research” and prioritize the fields of urology, oncology, and vascular and surgical specialties.

The Bard Foundation’s grants generally range from $5,000 to $50,000. The upside here is that the foundation awards a large number of grants annually.

The C.R. Bard Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications via its website. Applications are reviewed quarterly by the foundation’s Contributions Committee.


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