The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation was established in 2010 as a bequest from Mr. Kaufman to The Pittsburgh Foundation.  Mr. Kaufman grew up in the Pittsburgh area and enjoyed a long and successful career as a chemical engineer.  He was an avid outdoorsman and was an active member of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Before Mr. Kaufman died in 2010 at the age of 97, he clearly articulated his dream of being able to support the innovative pursuit of fundamental scientific questions in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics that will benefit humankind.  He noted the broad impact of fundamental, curiosity-driven science and the strength of working across disciplinary 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.

In 2008, Mr. Kaufman initiated his support of academic science in Pennsylvania with four research awards to scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh.  The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation will continue to support basic scientific research in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with Research Grants in 2017.

Since 2013, 35 grants to Pennsylvania colleges and universities have been approved by the Charles in Kaufman Foundation, for a total of $7,292,310.

Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Advisory Board

A Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of seven members has been appointed to provide advice on scientific issues related to the foundation's mission.  At least four of the members are from universities in Pennsylvania, and at least two members will represent other higher education institutions in the United States.

The SAB members are:

Dr. Graham Hatfull
Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh (Chair).

Dr. Stephen Benkovic
Evan Pugh Professor and Eberly Chair in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Penn State University.

Dr. Keith M. Derbyshire, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Genetics, Center for Medical Science, Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH & Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University at Albany

Dr. Melissa Hines
Professor of Chemistry and Director, Cornell Center for Materials Research.

Dr. Jeremy Levy
Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Ravi K. Sheth
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. John L. Woolford
Professor and Co-Director, Center For Nucleic Acids Science And Technology, Department of Biology, Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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