Grants for medical research organizations

1,655 medical research organizations received at least $7.1 billion in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 5,074 grants made from 2,899 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 2,899 foundations, 78% made just a single grant to medical researchers, and 3% made grants to four or more medical researchers. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$7,064,245,678
Total grant dollars given to medical research organizations
5,074
Number of grants made annually to medical research organizations
2,899
Number of grantmakers funding medical research organizations
$1,000
Median grant size to medical research organizations

Foundations that support medical research organizations

Out of all grants made to medical research organizations, 82% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 88% of the dollar-value of grants to medical researchers. Foundations funding medical researchers also made grants to medical practice research organizations, animal shelters, religious organizations, specialty hospitals, and universities.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
2,379
Medium
 
271
Large
 
247
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
49
Private
 
2,490
Corporate
 
133
Other
 
227

Grants made

Grants made to medical researchersNumber of grantmakers
1
 
2,266
2-3
 
527
4-10
 
80
11+
 
26

Top 10 foundations supporting medical research organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to medical researchersNumber of grants made to medical researchersMedian grant size
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.5%224$250
BaxterILNational0.4%110$51
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.6%108$100
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%102$549
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.3%90$279
Baird FoundationWINational1.2%77$125
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%60$50
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%57$1,000
Charity Partners FoundationMANational1.4%49$20
Synchrony FoundationCTNational0.1%39$150

Medical research organizations grantees

Medical research organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 97% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 60% of all medical researchers.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
4,939
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
135

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
1,248
California
 
624
Illinois
 
448
Massachusetts
 
420
Other
 
2,334

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
1,288
Chicago
 
431
Los Angeles
 
408
Boston
 
401
Other
 
2,491

Top 25 grants made to medical research organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Mayo Clinic$4,703,968,040GaapMayo Clinic
Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope (BRI)$349,931,002See Part IvCity of Hope
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary$323,593,000FMVPartners Healthcare System
The Broad Institute$110,000,000Sci & Med Research - To Support Biomedical and Genomic ResearchThe Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy$91,753,500HealthSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary$83,518,518FMVPartners Healthcare System
Albert Einstein College of Medicine$60,000,000Operating SubsidiesMontefiore Medical Center
Ub Foundation Activities$55,783,380AccrualUniversity at Buffalo Foundation
Ub Foundation Activities$55,783,380Education SupportUniversity at Buffalo Foundation
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub$54,425,000Medical ResearchChan Zuckerberg Initiative Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute$52,665,622Discovery and Translational Sciences; Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases; Malaria; MNCH Discovery and Tools; Research and Learning Opportunities; TuberculosisBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mayo Clinic$41,934,093GaapMayo Clinic
University of California San Francisco Foundation (UCSF)$37,500,000General SupportGerson Bakar Foundation
Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers- Capitol Area$34,500,000General SupportBaylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers- Capitol Area$34,500,000GaapBaylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers- Capitol Area$34,500,000GaapBaylor Scott & White Health
Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital$32,932,307To Support Various Research InitiativesNationwide Children's Hospital
Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF)$32,507,200Mental Health & Crisis InterventionGreater Kansas City Community Foundation
Sante Health Foundation$31,978,575To Support Efforts To Recruit and Support Needed Specialists and Primary Care PhysiciansCommunity Medical Centers
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN)$29,902,718FMVAmerican Cancer Society (ACS)
The Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC)$28,589,363ResearchFox Chase Cancer Center
The Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC)$28,589,363Actual Amount ReceivedFox Chase Cancer Center
The Translational Genomics Research Institute$26,636,923See Part IvCity of Hope
MMV Medicines for Malaria Venture North America$20,000,000MalariaBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary$18,627,395TFR for Specific UsesFoundation of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Medical research organizations" category for this page is determined by the "H00: Medical Research: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.