OVERVIEW: The Lyda Hill Foundation takes a broad approach to its disease research funding, but cancer is a top priority.
IP TAKE: This funder awards relatively few grants each year, but they are often big-dollar amounts, and tend to support projects at large medical institutions.
PROFILE: Lyda Hill, founder of the Lyda Hill Foundation, is the granddaughter of oil magnate L.H. Hunt and is the founder and chairman of the private investment firm LH Holdings, Inc. Her foundation is committed to supporting “transformational advances in science and nature.”
Disease-related grants come out of the foundation’s science program, funding innovative projects that have the potential to contribute to the advancement of scientific discovery. It’s also willing to back early-career scientists and early-stage projects. While the foundation awards grants to organizations all over the United States, it favors Texas and Colorado.
The Lyda Hill Foundation does not award a large number of grants each year, but they are often substantial. It’s not unusual for awards to come in at the high six- and seven-figure range. Disease-related grants have gone to MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program, for the study of eight cancers, as well as UT Southwestern Medical Center, to support its work on genetic mutations in areas such as immunology, inflammatory diseases, and cancer.
To learn more about Hill's funding interests, browse through its Program Highlights page.
The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding at this time.
- Nicole Small, President
- Frank Mackey, Vice President