Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: Doris Duke’s Medical Research Program broadly funds clinical and translational research into a variety of human diseases.

IP TAKE: Doris Duke is an accessible but highly competitive funder, with many opportunities for researchers at various stages in their careers.

PROFILE: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, established in 1996, states that its mission is “to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties.” The foundation was endowed by the will of Doris Duke, who died in 1993, and its assets now total over $1.8 billion. Its grantmaking programs include Performing Arts, Child Well-Being, Environment, Medical Research, Building Bridges, and African Health Initiative.

DDCF’s Medical Research program seeks to “advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease by strengthening and supporting clinical research.” Its subprogram to Encourage and Develop Clinical Research Careers, including the Clinical Research Continuum: High School to College, Clinical Research Mentorships, the Clinical Scientist Development Award, the International Clinical Research Fellowship, and the Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists.

DDCF’s also maintain a subprogram to Advance Biomedical Research and Innovation. The Innovations in Clinical Research Award supports “early-stage research projects in clinical investigation to foster innovations in clinical research.” Recently, this award has provided three year grants of up to $486,000 to clinical investigators with the potential to make breakthroughs in sickle cell disease. The focus of this award changes from time to time.

DDCF’s grants may range all the way from $100,000 to $1 million. To learn more about the organizations receiving DDCF support, explore its searchable Past Grants page. DDCF awards grants by invitation only, however, the foundation does invite interested grantseekers to submit a Letter of Inquiry.


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