Glenn Foundation for Medical Research: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research seeks 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 funds only aging research. Those working in other areas need not apply.

PROFILE: The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research was founded in 1965 by Paul F. Glenn, a private equity and venture capital veteran who serves as chairman of Cycad Group. The foundation seeks 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." Glenn provides four principle grantmaking programs for science research: Glenn Award, B.I.G. Awards, Grant Program for Postdoctoral Fellows, and Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging.

The Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging “provides unsolicited funds to researchers investigating the biology of aging.” The grant is designed to supplement researchers faced by funding shortages. Award nominees are provided by the Glenn Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board. Applications are not accepted.

The Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Awards 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." Only four of these two year grants of up to $200,000 are funded at a time, and only full-time faculty at the rank of assistant professor or higher are eligible. Visit here to apply.

The Glenn/AFAR Research Grant Program for Postdoctoral Fellows 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 $60,000 fellowships are awarded. Click here for more detailed information.

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 totals $5,000. Find more complete information here.

Glenn has also funded aging research centers at institutions such as his alma maters Harvard and Princeton, as well as the Buck Institute, MIT, UCSF and Stanford University. Find more information about Glenn Centers here.

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

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