OVERVIEW: The Robertson Foundation supports a wide range of scientific research related to medicine.
IP TAKE: This foundation takes a businesslike approach to its grantmaking and expects to see both immediate and long-term results for the projects it funds.
PROFILE: Julian Robertson was considered one of the most prolific hedge fund investors in the 1980s and 1990s. During that time, his company, Tiger Management Group, grew into a hedge fund giant with a high of $23 billion in assets under management. The group closed shop in 2000 with a value of $6 billion.
In 1996, not long before Tiger Management ceased operations, Julian Robertson, his late wife Josie, and the Robertson family established the Robertson Foundation. The foundation’s main areas of grantmaking include education, environment, and medical research. Its Other Grants program backs projects that fall outside the primary funding areas.
The foundation’s medical research program is where grantseekers are going to find science-related grants. Robertson supports work designed to facilitate cutting-edge research.
The Robertson Foundation does not state specific global development objectives or priorities, only that it supports efforts that range “from global health and international poverty eradication to leadership and community development.” According to the foundation, it is keenly aware of the importance of drawing young people into research and supports young investigators and junior faculty in its grantmaking.
Grants vary rather widely, ranging from $1,000 up to over $3 million. But most stay between $5,000 and $50,000.
The Robertson Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications or requests for funding.
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