Rainin Foundation Awards $2.2 Million for Disease Research

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.2 million in support of scientists who are conducting cutting-edge research on inflammatory bowel disease.

Through its Synergy, Innovator, and Breakthrough awards programs, the foundation supports cutting-edge projects that typically are not eligible for funding from more traditional sources. Two teams of scientists selected for Synergy awards, the foundation’s newest grant program, will receive a total of $400,000 in support of their projects, while eight researchers were selected to receive Innovator Awards, which are designed to promote cutting-edge research that can potentially transform how IBD is diagnosed and treated. In addition, seven researchers received grants ranging from $100,000 to $150,000 though the foundation's Breakthrough Awards program, which provides multiyear funding to Innovator awardees who have demonstrated significant progress in advancing their research.

"Given the complexity of inflammatory bowel disease, these interdisciplinary projects may dramatically accelerate the pace of IBD research," said Averil Ma, chair of the Rainin Foundation’s scientific advisory board. "The selected projects reflect both the success and the promise of bringing together diverse investigators who share an interest in solving challenging problems in IBD."

For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Rainin Foundation website.

"Kenneth Rainin Foundation Awards Over $2 Million for Cutting-Edge IBD Research." Kenneth Rainin Foundation Press Release 10/13/2014.