Walther Cancer Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: The Walther Cancer Foundation supports a wide range of cancer research efforts with a geographical and academic focus on major midwestern universities.

IP TAKE: Grants out of this foundation are difficult to come by, as most are awarded to university-based cancer research programs in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. For those lucky few that are able to get in the door here, Walther looks to fund outfits that demonstrate the ability to secure additional funding through other sources.

PROFILE: The Walther Cancer Foundation was founded in 1985 by Dr. Joseph Walther, who “realized that insights into this family of diseases go beyond initiatives that seek to unlock fundamental secrets of the transfigured cells that give rise to cancer.” The foundation supports a wide range of cancer research efforts including translational innovation, genetic traits, the study of biochemical pathways, and collaborative research, just to name a few areas of funding interest.

Walther's focus is on human capital, and accordingly it offers funding for faculty recruitment, career development for clinical investigators, postdoctoral training grants for laboratory scientists, and pre- and postdoctoral training grants for researchers studying behavioral oncology.

Nearly all of Walther’s grants are awarded to principal investigators and programs at major universities in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, namely Indiana University, Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, and the University of Michigan, though in the past it has also supported research at the University of California, San Diego. Grant amounts range from around $60,000 to over $1 million, funding a wide range of programs, including fellowships, recruiting, research studies and multiple-recipient collaborations. You can learn more about Walther supported projects and programs by taking a look at its Active Grants list.

Grantseekers that are not affiliated with any of the aforementioned universities will find it difficult to get their foot in the door at Walther. This is especially true since the foundation no longer accepts unsolicited proposals. 


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