Charles E. Kaufman Foundation
Michelle Dolinski, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Drexel University Department of Physics, presents at the 2015 Kaufman Symposium. She was a a 2013 Kaufman Investigator awardee for her study of Solid Xenon Bolometers for Radiation Detection.
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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



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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,



Kaufman Foundation Awards $1.8 Million for Scientific Research

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, a supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Foundation, has awarded grants totaling $1.8 million in support of cutting-edge scientific research at Pennsylvania universities. Through its New Recipients focus area, the foundation awarded grants of $150,000 over two years to scientists making the transition to academia.



Phage Hunters

Graham Hatfull and his team at Pitt study phages—viruses that stalk bacteria. They didn’t expect that they would be asked to use those viruses in an unprecedented attempt to save the lives of two young patients on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Hatfull is the chair of the scientific advisory board at the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation. 


$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.