Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The California-based Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation focuses its funding attentions on scientific research in a handful of disciplines including regenerative medicine, cell biology, stem cells, nanotechnology and nanoscience.

IP TAKE: Curci tends to support large, well-known organizations, and sticks with them over multiple years. New grantseekers definitely have their work cut out when approaching this funder.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the TDC Foundation, the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation supports scientific research in a handful of disciplines, including regenerative medicine, cell biology, stem cells, nanotechnology and nanoscience. The stated mission of the Curci Foundation is to “(s)upport basic research addressing fundamental scientific questions” that will result in “significant advances in medicine or scientific knowledge.”

Curci's grants typically go to large universities and research centers. In the past, 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.

Although Curci does award grants to universities and scientific research organizations throughout the country, it heavily favors those located in California.

The foundation does not award a large number of grants each year, usually 10 to 15, but award amounts are relatively sizeable, often ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

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.

PEOPLE:

  • Ronald Rosequist, President and Director
  • John Huguenard, Director
  • James Mitchell, Director
  • E. Davisson Hardman, Director

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