Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s science research grants support the encouragement of clinical research careers and organizations advancing biomedical research and innovation.   

IP TAKE: This funder will not support research that uses animals.

PROFILE: When Doris Duke passed in 1993, she will the majority of her estate to establish the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). The foundation, which was founded in 1996, is dedicated to improving “[t]he quality of people’s lives through grant supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being.”

DDCF also has an African Health Initiative, which focuses on strengthening health systems in sub-Saharan Africa and a Building Bridges program, which aims to increase understanding and decrease bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The Building Bridges program is currently undergoing a strategic review. DDCF's medical research program aims to “[a]dvance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease by strengthening and supporting clinical research.  

Grants typically range from $100,000 to $1 million. Indiana University is a past medical research grantee. The University received funding for its research using hydroxyurea in Ugandan Children suffering from sickle cell disease. To learn more about DDCF grantees, explore its searchable grants database.

DDCF accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry for the medical program through its open competitions process. The foundation announces open competitions periodically throughout the year.


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