Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Awards Nearly $2 Million for Research

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, a supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Foundation, has announced grants totaling more than $1.9 million in support of cutting-edge scientific research at Pennsylvania universities.

In the New Investigator Research category, grants of $150,000 over two years were awarded to Nathan L. Clark, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), Tzahi Cohen-Karni, Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon University), Gregory Lang, Ph.D. (Lehigh University), David Pekker, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), and Matt Youngman, Ph.D. (Villanova University).

In the New Initiative Research category, which targets to investigators with a strong record of accomplishment pursuing innovative interdisciplinary approaches focused on a common research question, two-year grants of $300,000 were awarded to Alison L. Barth, Ph.D. and Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon); Alexander Deiters, Ph.D. and Michael Tsang, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh); Ayusman Sen, Ph.D. (Penn State University) and Anna C. Balazs (University of Pittsburgh); and Alison Sweeney, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania).

Charles Kaufman, a chemical engineer who died in 2010 at the age of 97, left an estate of almost $50 million to the Pittsburgh Foundation, approximately $40 million of which was used to establish the Kaufman Foundation.

"Mr. Kaufman's vision was to use the power of research to drive innovations for humankind," said Pittsburgh Foundation interim president and CEO Molly Beerman. "His fund at the Pittsburgh Foundation has made great strides in reaching this lofty goal in just two short years, delivering much needed support to researchers at a time when other traditional funding sources have declined."