Zegar Family Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Zegar Family Foundation tends to support basic scientific and medical research that is underfunded or overlooked by other funding sources.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to build long-term relationships with its grantee partners; however, it is open to hearing new ideas from prospective grantees.

PROFILE: Founded in 2007, the Zegar Family Foundation aims to “[g]ive back by improving the lives of others and enhancing the communities and larger world around us.” This is a modest-sized funder whose grantmaking includes a diverse set of priorities including science and medicine, education, human services and economic opportunity, nutrition and health, justice and human rights, arts, culture and heritage, environment, and international causes.

Zegar’s science and medicine grants support the advancement of “[s]cientific and medical knowledge through innovated research.” These grants focus on basic scientific research that does not attract a lot of funding from the government or non-governmental organizations.

The foundation does not offer grant listings on its website; however, tax filings indicate that grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $100,000. Past science and medical research grantees include Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University Medical Center, which received funding for its Fracture Liaison Support program.

The Zegar Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.

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