The Ellison Medical Foundation supports research and research-related activities through a variety of grants mechanisms. Awards are made only to a single U.S. non-profit institution [ tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the Code; or tax-exempt under section 170C of the Code]. T hese institutions may enter into consortium or sub-contractual arrangements with other non-profit organizations, in the U.S. or elsewhere, as necessary to benefit the scientific goals of the project.
The Foundation desires to provide both experienced senior scholars and newly independent scientists the opportunity to pursue innovative research on aging and infectious disease.
Senior Scholars are investigators who are already established and recognized for their substantial contribution of creative and productive research. With the Senior Scholar awards, the Foundation seeks to be complementary to other major funders of research by placing emphasis on projects that might not be supported by the traditional sources because of their perceived novelty or high risk, or because the investigator is moving into a new research area. Scholars are provided with four years of support to either develop their project to the extent that it will be attractive in a more traditional funding environment or determine that they should redirect their research.
New Scholars are investigators who are recommended by U.S. medical institutions and universities for their outstanding promise in the areas of aging or infectious disease research. With the New Scholar awards, the intent of the foundation is to provide support for newly independent investigators in the first 3 years after their postdoctoral training, when they are establishing their own labs and their careers are at a vulnerable stage. These awards contribute to a safety net that allows bright young scientists to staff their laboratories, collect preliminary data, and organize research programs of sufficient momentum to obtain ongoing support from other sources.
In addition to Scholars awards for individual research projects, The Ellison Medical Foundation also supports the scientific infrastructure in the fields of aging, infectious disease, and other program areas through awards for resource development, training, education and information dissemination. Those interested in applying for these awards should contact the appropriate Foundation program director for more information before applying.
Infrastructure Awards support the establishment of community-wide resources that will benefit a broad segment of researchers in the areas of programmatic interest to the Foundation. Examples include the development of reagent repositories, scientific databases, new model systems, or new experimental methodologies. Although nonrenewable, these awards provide an opportunity to develop and implement a new resource; ongoing long-term support, if required, must be identified from other funding sources.
Training Awards related to aging and infectious diseases are available and encouraged. The Foundation supports a limited number of institutional training programs, through universities, professional societies, government institutions, or other non-profit organizations. These programs are intended to reach younger scientists, still in graduate or post-doctoral training, to nurture their interest in developing careers in aging or infectious diseases research.
Support is also provided on a competitive basis for conferences , workshops , and other educational activities for dissemination of information relevant to research areas of Foundation interest. The expectation is that this sharing of knowledge will expand the scientific pool of researchers and benefit the scientific community as a whole.
In an effort to provide maximum flexibility to achieve important scientific goals, the Foundation may occasionally support pilot or demonstration projects as New Initiative Awards . These are usually small or short-term awards, and may pertain to aging or infectious diseases research or to other areas in which the Foundation has expressed a preliminary interest.
The Ellison Medical Foundation does not support:
- Awards to for-profit/commercial organizations
- Awards directly to foreign institutions
- Awards to individuals for research, travel, or other purposes
- Individual training fellowships at the graduate or post-graduate level, including sabbatical fellowships
- Clinical trials
- Development programs that benefit individual institutions (such as new construction or facility upgrades, or staff recruitment)
- Healthcare delivery