Whitehall Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Whitehall Foundation supports researchers working in life sciences, with a focus on neurobiology.

IP TAKE: While Whitehall is an approachable funder that accepts unsolicited LOIs, grantseekers should not look to the foundation for major support.

PROFILE: The Whitehall Foundation awards grants to researchers working in the life sciences. While the foundation supports scientists at various stages of their careers, it focuses on those in early career and on more senior scientists transitioning into a new field of study.

Whitehall is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, specifically, "investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior.” The foundation does not support research in which disease is the primary focus unless that work offers new insights into “normal functioning.”

The foundation’s Research Grants program typically range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year and are awarded for up to three years, on a competitive basis.

Whitehall also has a Grants-in-Aid program for investigators at the assistant professor level who are having difficulties finding funding. It offers grants up to $30,000 for one year.

To learn more about the type of research Whitehall supports, check out its latest Grant Recipients page.

Scientists who have or are expecting substantial support from other sources are not eligible for a Whitehall research grant. Whitehall defines “substantial” as $200,000 per year including direct and indirect expenses and the Principal Investigator’s salary.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry three times per year with deadlines falling on January 15, April 15, and October 1.  


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