The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation was established in 1944 under the terms of the will of Mrs. Elsa U. Pardee, whose life was taken by cancer on October 2, 1944. She directed that her bequest be used to support research in the field of cancer and to provide for others the advantages of new knowledge and techniques for the treatment of this related group of disabling and frequently lethal diseases.
To that end, the Pardee Foundation provides support to investigators in U.S. nonprofit institutions proposing research aimed at identifying new treatments or cures for cancer.
The foundation particularly encourages grant applications for a one-year period that will demonstrate the capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early-stage funding may lead to subsequent and expanded support from a government agency.
Applications requesting more than 15 percent overhead are usually not considered. Papers verifying nonprofit status and relevant human subject and experimental animal treatment approvals from the recipient institution will be requested prior to project initiation. A final report summarizing financial expenditure and research achievement is required.
See the Pardee Foundation website for complete program guidelines; information about previous grant recipients (including funding levels), and application instructions.