Below is a list of frequently asked questions that pertain to Foundation policies, grant-making, and the query/proposal process. It is strongly encouraged that all potential grantees review this list prior to query submission.

Q: What information should a Query (Step 2) contain?
A: Refer to details listed on Application Process. Contact the Foundation directly with any questions regarding these requirements.

Q: What information should a Proposal (step 3) contain?
A: Refer to details listed on Application Process. Contact the Foundation directly with any questions regarding these requirements.

Q: Does the Foundation make multi-year commitments? What is the typical grant award duration?
A: Yes, the Foundation does make multi-year commitments. Grant commitments cannot exceed 3 years.

Q: What type of budget information is required for the proposal?
A: As part of the proposal process, we require an itemized budget which should provide detailed costs of investigators’ salary, laboratory supplies, equipment, etc. Equipment purchases should be itemized in the proposal.

Q: Can the Foundation’s funds be used to purchase capital equipment which will be used for the investigation?
A: There is a wide range of equipment which may be utilized during any research project. The Foundation’s grant award is not intended to be utilized for purchasing capital equipment (“bricks-and-mortar”) for the lab, but is intended only to support the actual investigation. It is the Foundation’s  understanding and expectation that the grant is awarded with the research institution or university acknowledgment and agreement, that capital equipment expenses must be provided by that institution.

Q: Does the Foundation support interdisciplinary projects?
A: As technology continues to advance, it is apparent that investigations in the area of basic science and translational research will become more and more reliant on collaborative projects. It is important to note that all interdisciplinary projects may require additional information regarding the collaboration. For example, for projects involving computational modeling, the Foundation will require that the participants have adequate relevant experience.

Q: Does the Foundation support renewals of grants?
A: The expectation is that an investigation will be completed within the requested duration of the grant (up to 3 years). If the investigation has not been completed, and there are still funds available, a no-cost extension may be requested. If, at the end of the grant term, the aims of the project have not been met, an explanation should be provided to the Foundation. (The primary investigator is urged to consider a proposed modification of the project’s original aims to prevent such a situation from occurring). It is strongly advised that any re-application for grant renewal consider a new direction based on prior research, or emphasize some new potential translational aspects, and not merely an extension of previously funded research.