Kenneth Rainin Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Kenneth Rainin Foundation's health giving is focused on research into the treatment and curing of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

IP TAKE: The Kenneth Rainin Foundation offers multiple, competitive research awards, but its focus is very narrow, as its health program exclusively funds research into IBD.

PROFILE: San Francisco businessman Kenneth Rainin founded the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) to serve as a vehicle for his passions for the arts, education and medical research. When he passed away in 2007 at the age of 68, Mr. Rainin named the foundation the primary beneficiary of his estate. Its current mission is to “enhance quality of life by championing the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease.” Its three main focus areas are Arts, Education, and Health.

KRF’s Health funding, which is almost exclusively dedicated to the study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), aims to “support novel, high-risk research and challenge investigators to push boundaries.” Its Innovator Awards Program goes to “invest in new and veteran IBD researchers alike and embrace novel, untested ideas,” and supports a range of research types including “basic, translational and clinical science.” Some of its research priorities include bioengineering, diet and nutrition, molecular biology, fecal microbiota transplant, immunity and inflammation, microbiome, and therapeutic development and delivery.

KRF’s Synergy Award is "designed to encourage collaboration among health researchers from across disciplines to advance the study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease." This interdisciplinary award is presented to two to more investigators from disparate areas of research interested in pooling their expertise to address IBD. Scientists must first participate in the foundation’s Innovations Symposium to be eligible for this award.

KRF typically awards grants of $100,000 to $200,000 grants for a one- to two-year period. Applicants for the Innovator Award must submit a Letter of Inquiry by March 15 in order to be invited to submit a full proposal. The Synergy Award accepts proposals between May and September.

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