Helmsley Charitable Trust: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Helmsley Charitable Trust backs a broad array of projects in basic medical research and that improve the overall quality of biomedical research.

IP TAKE: Helmsley is known for making fairly sizable grants to recognizable names in medical and medical research fields. Smaller organizations may find it difficult to get on the radar here.

PROFILE: The Helmsley Charitable Trust “aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives.” In scientific research, Helmsley invests heavily through its Basic Medical Research and Biomedical Research Infrastructure programs.

The overall goal of the trust’s Basic Medical Research program is to improve society’s understanding of diseases and advance our abilities to combat disease, treat injuries, and improve human health. Helmsley seeks to fill research gaps by “supporting scientists in their formative efforts” to identify pathways of disease and develop novel treatments and cures.

The trust does not accept unsolicited proposals for this program. Grantseekers should note that Helmsley is winding down its basic medical research program though it has not announced an official end date.

The foundation’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure program “seeks to lower barriers to discovery through preclinical infrastructure development.” This program focuses on improving the quality of all biomedical research. It does not make grants for physical infrastructure purchases.

Helmsley Trust grants can be rather sizeable, ranging from $50,000 to over $40 million. It isn’t unusual for the trust to award grants of between $1 million and $10 million out of its medical research and research infrastructure programs. Most grants are given to larger research outfits, medical organizations, and academic institutions.

To learn more about Helmsley’s grantees, explore its Our Grants page.

The trust does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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