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June 14, 2017

Grants Roundup: $10 Million Awards Back Medical Centers in St. Louis and L.A.

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Jeffrey Gordon, head of Washington University’s Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, talks to researchers Carrie Cowardin (left) and Vanderlene Kung at his lab. A $10 million grant from the Harry Edison Foundation will advance the center’s studies on the health impact of microbes in the human gut.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

Harry Edison Foundation

$10 million to what will now be called the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to support research on microbes that live in the human gut.

W.M. Keck Foundation

$10 million to support the University of Southern California’s Health Sciences Campus, which provides outpatient care. The complex will be renamed the Willametta Keck Day Healthcare Center after the daughter of the foundation’s founder, 20th-century oil magnate William Myron Keck.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

$5 million to create a Hertz Fellowship in Global Health and Development with the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation. Recipients — students studying science, engineering, and math — will intern at the Gates Foundation for two summers and work on developing new technologies that improve public health around the world.

The first two recipients are Rebecca Carlson and Alyssa Ferris, who are pursuing doctorates in bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, respectively.

Peoples Gas

$5 million to Navy Pier to create a new, energy-efficient Welcome Pavilion at the entrance to the iconic Chicago pier.

Lowell Milken Family Foundation

$2 million to the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography at ArtCenter College of Design to support the development of curricula, research, and partnerships related to print, digital, and new-media typography.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

$1.9 million to the National WWI Museum and Memorial to expand and improve its marketing and fundraising efforts through hiring, new software, and research.

Wallace Global Fund

Up to $1.25 million to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The tribe received the inaugural $250,000 Henry A. Wallace Award for its fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and will get up to $1 million to support a transition from fossil fuels to wind and solar power at the Standing Rock Reservation.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

$1 million over five years to Tufts University to make its introductory science courses more inclusive and cultivate the scientific talents of students from diverse backgrounds.

New grant opportunity:

The Dallas, Lyda Hill, and Meadows foundations and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas collectively gave $3 million to create the Better Together Fund, which will give grants of $3,000 to $600,000 to cover costs of planning collaborations among nonprofits in North Texas. To apply for a grant, visit

Chronicle of Philanthropy subscribers also have full access to GrantStation’s searchable database of grant opportunities. For more information, visit our grants page.

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