Glenn Foundation for Medical Research: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research aims to extend the healthy productive years of life through research on the mechanisms of biological aging. The foundation, in conjunction with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), gives out scholarships, fellowships and awards to researchers. 

IP TAKE: Glenn is laser-focused on aging research. Those working in other areas need not apply.

PROFILE: Paul F. Glenn is a private equity and venture capital veteran who currently serves as chairman of Cycad Group. In the 1960s, Glenn established the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, whose aim is to "extend the healthy years of life through research on mechanisms of biology that govern normal human aging and its related physiological decline, with the objective of translating research into interventions that will extend healthspan with lifespan."

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research funds several programs and awards.  The Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging provides unsolicited funds to researchers investigating the biology of aging. Award nominees are provided by the Glenn Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board; applications are not accepted.

The Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Awards, meanwhile, provide support to "a small number of pilot research programs that may be of relatively high risk, but which offer significant promise of yielding transforming discoveries in the fundamental biology of aging." Full-time faculty at the rank of assistant professor or higher are eligible.

The Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging supports postdoctoral fellows (MD, MD/Ph.D. and Ph.D.) who specifically direct their research toward translational findings and who will demonstrate how their research offers direct benefits for human aging. Up to 10 one-year fellowships are awarded. The award levels range from $49,000 to $60,000, based on years of relevant experience.

The Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging enables Ph.D., MD, and DO candidates at any level to undertake a three-to-six-month research project on a subject related to the basic sciences and aging. The foundation does not make a large number of scholarship awards each year, typically fewer than 15. Each scholarship is $5,000.

Glenn has bankrolled aging research outfits at institutions such as his alma maters Harvard and Princeton, as well as the Buck Institute, MIT, UCSF and Stanford University. To learn more about Glenn Foundation grantees, explore its Awards page.

The Glenn Foundation supports its programs through the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). Information regarding grant applications should be directed to AFAR.


  • Paul F. Glenn, Chairman of Board of Directors and Treasurer
  • Mark R. Collins, President and Director
  • K. Leonard Judson, Executive Vice President and Director
  • Jack Rudel, Director