Rhode Island Foundation Offers $1.6 million in Grants for Medical Research and Health

October deadlines to apply for Special Medical Funds and Medical Research programs 

The Rhode Island Foundation is offering more than $1.6 million in grants for seeding promising medical research projects and tackling diseases such as diabetes, dementia and blindness.

“Because of the generosity of our inspiring donors, we are able to invest in advancing medical breakthroughs,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The grants we make will have the potential to enable people to lead healthier lives and jumpstart one of the state’s most promising sectors.”

Nonprofit organizations that are engaged in work that impacts health care or the health of Rhode Islanders have until Oct. 11 to apply for more than $1.1 million through the Foundation’s new Special Medical Funds program. Grants are expected to range from $10,000 to $75,000.  Priority will be given to proposals that will have the greatest impact on health and health care and that address health inequities and disparities in Rhode Island.

The deadline to apply for nearly $500,000 in Medical Research grants is Oct. 21. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to help emerging researchers advance projects to the point where they can compete for national funding. The grants can be used as start-up support for laboratory, clinical or population-based research.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities.