All it takes is a spark

Welcome to the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, a program of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The mission of the Kaufman Foundation is to support fundamental research in biology, chemistry, and physics at Pennsylvania institutions of higher education. The Foundation distributes grants in two areas: New Investigator Research and New Initiative Research. Mr. Kaufman believed in the potential impact of fundamental, curiosity-driven science and the strength of working across interdisciplinary boundaries. He also recognized the importance of supporting early and mid-career scientists, while acknowledging the major accomplishments achieved after a lifetime of high-impact contributions. We invite you to learn more about how we can help you bring your breakthrough ideas to life.

The Foundation announced its first series of grants – amounting to almost $1.6 million – to support cutting-edge scientific research at institutions across the State of Pennsylvania. For more information and a full list of the grants, please click here.

New Investigator
Research Grants.

Supporting innovative research in Pennsylvania.


New Initiative
Research Grants.

Supporting existing investigators in Pennsylvania.


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