Whitehall Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Whitehall Foundation supports researchers that work in life sciences with an emphasis on neurobiology.

IP TAKE: While Whitehall is an approachable funder that accepts unsolicited LOIs, grantseekers should not look to the foundation for major support. However, Whitehall is a good resource for those having trouble securing funding from other sources.

PROFILE: The Whitehall Foundation was founded in 1937 by George Monroe Moffett, a food science researcher at CPC International Inc. The foundation awards grants to researchers working in the life sciences. While Whitehall supports scientists at various stages of their careers, it prioritizes researchers in early career and “productive senior scientists” transitioning into a new field of study.

Whitehall funds 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. Grantseekers “must hold no less than the position of assistant professor, or equivalent,” to be considered. 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. Note that investigators can only submit one LOI per year.


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