William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation awards grants to support research, causes, treatments, and prevention of a variety of diseases and disorders.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers will have to elbow past this foundation’s preference for Texas-bases organizations to get their hands on a grant.

PROFILE: The William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation awards grants for “original research on the cause, treatment or prevention of human diseases or disorders.” This includes basic and applied research, as well as clinical trials.

This under-the-radar funder does not operate a website or have any formally paid staff members. However, it awards some relatively sizeable grants for the study of a variety of diseases including, but not limited to age-related macular degeneration, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, type 1 diabetes, and Parkinson’s.

Examination of the foundation’s most recent tax filings show that cancers appear to receive a good deal of funding attention. That said, Owens leaves plenty of funding room for other diseases and disorders.

Grants range from around $50,000 to $100,000, and more often than not go to large medical institutions such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering and universities. A few smaller clinics and medical research facilities also make the Owens grant roster each year.

The Owens Medical Research Foundation favors organizations in Texas. While this isn’t an exclusive rule, grantseekers in other states should keep this preference in mind when submitting an application.

The foundation accepts unsolicited applications, with submission deadlines falling on July 1 of each year. Grantees should follow the National Institutes of Health application format for their funding requests.


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William and Ella Medical Research Foundation

8452 Fredericksburg Road, PMB# 197

San Antonio, Texas 78229

(210) 698-2162