The Kohlberg Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: Kohlberg’s grants for science research focus on human health, integrative medicine, and disease research.

IP TAKE: Kohlberg typically supports larger research organizations and academic institutions, and as a result, small research organizations may find it difficult to secure funding.

PROFILE: The Kohlberg Family Foundation reflects the philanthropic priorities of its founders, Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg. Jerry Kohlberg, who passed away in 2015, was the cofounder of private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company and is often considered a “pioneer of the private equity industry.” The Kohlberg Foundation describes its grantmaking as having an “unfettered, roll-up-your-sleeves quality.” It supports health and medical research, education, and the environment.

In the science research field, the foundation supports large academic and research organizations. In the past, Kohlberg has awarded substantial grants to the Institute of Integrative Health for its ongoing work toward “building the evidence base for integrative medicine and advancing science with new research methods.” The University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine is also a past grantee, having received sizable general support grant. To learn more about Kohlberg grantees, explore its annual reports.

The Kohlberg Foundation does not fund the research work of individual investigators and scientists and it does not accept unsolicited grant proposals or requests for funding. The foundation does, however, review unsolicited letters of inquiry. Grantseekers should note that those LOIs should be no more than one page.

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