Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The California-based Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation focuses on scientific research in brain science, regenerative medicine, cell biology, stem cells, nanotechnology and nanoscience.

IP TAKE: Curci supports large, well-known organizations, and funds them over multiple years. The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the TDC Foundation, the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation funds scientific research in a handful of disciplines, including regenerative medicine, cell biology, stem cells, nanotechnology and nanoscience. The Curci Foundation “supports science based research striving for the advancement of a healthy and sustainable future for humans.”

Curci's grants typically go to large universities and research centers. For example, Curci has funded the U.C. Berkeley Foundation for its department of molecular and cell biology. The foundation has also supported Carnegie Mellon University's work in novel cellular strategies to target pain in drug addiction.

The foundation does not award a large number of grants each year, usually 10 to 15, but grant amounts are relatively sizeable, often ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. Although Curci does award grants to universities and scientific research organizations throughout the country, it prioritizes those located in California.

Curci does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Grantseekers can find basic information on its website, but those with further questions should contact the foundation for more in-depth information.

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