Category Archives: Grants and Gifts

Rockefeller University establishes $25 million fund for drug discovery

The fund, to be known as the Robertson Therapeutic Development Fund in honor of a $25 million gift from the Robertson Foundation, will provide Rockefeller scientists with resources required to take exceptionally promising basic research initiatives through the steps that lead to breakthrough medications, new diagnostic tests or other clinical innovations. More »

Rockefeller creates Cohn-Steinman Professorship to honor discoverers of dendritic cells

The family of the late Ralph Steinman, who died in September three days before winning the Nobel Prize, will donate much of the proceeds from the award to establish the Cohn-Steinman Professorship at Rockefeller. Combined with other donations, the professorship will create an enduring memorial to Steinman and his mentor and collaborator, Zanvil Cohn. More »

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$15 million gift from Helmsley Trust to fund research on digestive diseases

Funds will establish a new center, to be known as the Center for Basic and Translational Research on Disorders of the Digestive System, which will support interdisciplinary basic research and foster collaborations among some 20 Rockefeller labs that study biological processes related to the digestive system. More »

Papavasiliou and Stavropoulos receive “transformative” NIH grant

Rockefeller University’s Nina Papavasiliou will receive a grant from the National Institutes of Health under a program designed to encourage high-risk, high impact research. The grant will fund efforts to develop new ways of engineering therapeutic antibodies that could lead to novel vaccines for a number of communicable diseases ranging from HIV to flu as well as non-communicable diseases, such as various cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and drug addiction. More »

New Innovator Award goes to cancer researcher Sohail Tavazoie

One of Rockefeller’s newest faculty recruits, Tavazoie aims to identify small pieces of RNA, known as microRNAs, that may signal a high potential for metastasis or that can effectively distinguish between cancers that will be responsive to chemotherapy and those that would be better candidates for alternative and experimental therapies. More »

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Rockefeller virologists and MIT tissue engineers receive $5.8 million NIH grant to study hepatitis

Provided through the National Institutes of Health’s inaugural Transformative R01 grant program — a groundbreaking initiative designed to encourage high-risk research — the grant will run for five years and will fund efforts to elucidate the notoriously complex mechanisms underlying hepatitis B and C virus infection. More »

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$10 million gift from the Simons Foundation to support new initiative with Institute for Advanced Study

A new joint initiative, which builds on the complementary strengths of the institute and the university, will involve biologists, mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists exploring quantitative and theoretical approaches to biological problems. Rockefeller’s Stanislas Leibler will be the initiative’s first joint professor. More »

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Rockefeller receives new $4.8 million state grant to fund stem cell research

The grant from New York will establish new facilities for studying the molecular basis of how stem cells are maintained and how they differentiate. More »

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Center for Clinical and Translational Science funds 18 new pilot studies

The Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science has awarded 18 grants to university investigators in its third annual pilot-project grant program. The grants, which range from $2,000 to $25,000 each, will fund early studies in translational science that, if successful, might lead to improvements in human health. More »

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$4.5 million grant funds interdisciplinary fellowships at Rockefeller

The grant, from the Leon Levy Foundation, will fund the Leon Levy Presidential Fellowships in Neuroscience, designed to recruit young scientists whose research is at the crossroads of physics, mathematics and neuroscience. More »

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$400,000 grant creates new fund for translational research at Rockefeller

A $400,000 grant from the Achelis and Bodman Foundations will be used to create a new fund at The Rockefeller University devoted to advancing translational research at the cusp of commercial viability. The newly launched Technology Innovation Fund will finance four short-term projects a year, at approximately $50,000 each. More »

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Rockefeller to receive state money for stem cell research

The first state grants from a multi-year $600 million initiative overseen by the newly created Empire State Stem Cell Board will fund new shared equipment and services to support research in more than a dozen Rockefeller University labs working to understand the mechanisms of stem cells More »

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Gift from Milstein family to support melanoma research

Howard P. Milstein, a banker and philanthropist who serves as chairman of the largest privately held bank in the U.S., has, with his family, donated $5.5 million to The Rockefeller University to focus on improving understanding of the biology and progression of human melanoma. More »

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Starr Foundation to give Rockefeller $50 million to support collaborations

A $50 million gift from the Starr Foundation, announced this week, will be used to create the Starr Fund for Collaborative Science at The Rockefeller University. The fund will promote and enhance scientific exchange and shared knowledge, and the university plans to use portions of the gift to implement several initiatives outlined in the university’s strategic plan, approved by Rockefeller’s Board of Trustees in 2005. More »

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Rockefeller University receives $45 million NIH grant for clinical, translational science

With the award, Rockefeller University has established the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, which will bring together translational researchers at Rockefeller University and its affiliated and collaborating institutions. In addition, the award will support a new training program for physician-scientists entering careers in translational research. More »

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Rockefeller, with four other institutions, to receive $100 million cancer research grant

The Starr Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports education, medicine and healthcare, as well as cultural institutions, human needs, public policy and the environment, announced today that it has made a $100 million grant to create a wide-ranging cancer consortium to coordinate the efforts of five internationally renowned research institutions including The Rockefeller University. More »

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Nine Rockefeller labs to receive Stem Cell Initiative grants

The Tri-Institutional Stem Cell Initiative, comprising three leading New York City biomedical research institutions — Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University and Weill Medical College of Cornell University — has announced the first wave of stem cell research projects to be funded through a $50 million gift from The Starr Foundation. More »

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Rockefeller researchers receive $10 million grant to study how molecules interact within cells

The National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health announced this week that Rockefeller’s Michael P. Rout will be a recipient of a five-year, $10 million grant to study how molecules interact with one another within and between cells. More »

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Rockefeller University vaccine researchers selected for grant from Foundation for NIH

A team of researchers led by Rockefeller University immunologist Ralph M. Steinman, M.D., has been selected for a grant offer from the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) of $14 million to support the design of novel vaccines that stimulate multiple components of the body’s immune response, including those that have been difficult to target with existing vaccine approaches. More »

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David Rockefeller pledges $100 million to Rockefeller University

Largest gift in University’s history will support innovative science, graduate program.
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