Charles E. Kaufman Foundation
Kristen Whalen, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology at Haverford College (pictured in middle) works with undergraduate researchers in a lab. Whalen was a 2021 Kaufman Integrated Research-Education awardee for her work titled, "Elucidating the protective role of bacterial signals in algal host-virus dynamics." (Photo credit: Caleb Eckert.
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All it takes is a spark. 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.

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.


New Investigator Research

Grants supporting innovative, new investigators in Pennsylvania

New Initiative Research

Grants supporting existing investigators in Pennsylvania



Recent News

NEWS RELEASE |Dec. 15, 2021

$2.1 million awarded to scientific research based at Pa. universities  

Studies include understanding interbacterial competition that leads to bacterial colonization and trying to crack the code human embryos use to communicate.

in the headlines |

Allegheny College Professor and Students to Explore Whether Alternative Form of Life Can Be Created

Allegheny College has received a two-year, $100,000 grant to help train Allegheny students in laboratory research that will explore whether a minimal form of life can be created beyond the confines of DNA, the central building block for all life on Earth.



$2.1 million awarded to scientific research based at Pa. universities

Studies range from antibody function, to black holes, to how time of day influences creativity


$1.8 million awarded for basic science at Pa. universities

Funded research ranges from “Dancing of the Stars” to “Eavesdropping on Ants.”


Five Penn State researchers awarded grants by Kaufman Foundation

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation — a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region — has selected two projects led by Penn State researchers to receive New Initiatives grants.