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 large, 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.” It operates four program areas: Science, Nature, Community, and Empowering Non-Profits.
The majority of Hill’s disease-related grants are awarded through its Science program. This program has four focus areas: systemic change, direct services, science education, and research. The goal of Hill’s research funding is to invest in “projects that are on the cutting edge of advancing scientific discovery.” One of the foundation’s biggest priorities in this field is cancer research. Past grantees include 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.
The Lyda Hill foundation is not fully transparent about its grant amounts on its website. The foundation is not accepting unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding at this time.
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