Elsa Uhinck Pardee was born on a farm south of Cleveland, Ohio, on November 7, 1884, and received her elementary education in a one-room school. Elsa married James T. Pardee in 1914. A college classmate of Herbert H. Dow, James Pardee was a founder and board member of the Dow Chemical Company. Before her death from breast cancer in 1944 at the age of 59, Elsa directed that $1 million in Dow stock be devoted to the “control and cure of cancer.” The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation was formed in memory of Elsa by the family she left behind.
To advance this mission, the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation is inviting applications from investigators working at nonprofit institutions in the U.S. in support of innovative research aimed at identifying new treatments or cures for cancer.
The foundation encourages proposals for a one-year period that allow all the capabilities of a new cancer researcher or new approach to cancer by an established cancer researcher to be established. The foundation anticipates that this early-stage funding may lead to subsequent and expanded support from a government agency or other source. The relevance of the project to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified.
See the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and examples of previously funded research.