The Eppley Foundation for Research was incorporated in 1947 for the purpose of “increasing knowledge in pure or applied science…in chemistry, physics and biology through study, research and publication.”
The Foundation funds projects in biological and physical sciences. Particular areas of interest include innovative medical investigations, endangered species and ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad, and climate change.
The Foundation does not support work in the social sciences, education or computer science, and only rarely funds research into diseases that have considerable financial support available, such as AIDS, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
The Foundation does not fund work that can qualify for funding from conventional sources such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, or similar agencies at the state level.
It is important to the Foundation that the work proposed be novel in its insights and unlikely to be underway elsewhere. The Foundation is prepared to take risks.
Who may apply
The Eppley Foundation supports advanced, novel, scientific research by PhDs or MDs with an established record of publication in their specialties. Candidates with newly awarded doctorates occasionally, but rarely, meet the Foundation’s requirements for advanced research. Any applicant to the Foundation must be associated with a nonprofit organization with headquarters or a branch office in the US to process the funds. Checks are not issued directly to individuals.
Grants may be awarded for research in foreign countries but only when such applicants are US-based or associated with a US institution that will administer the grant on their behalf. The Foundation rarely considers proposals from foreign nationals studying in the US solely because they are therefore unable to qualify for federal funds.
LOIs and Proposals
Letters of inquiry and grant proposals should be written in language clear to the layman. LOIs, not to exceed 1,000 words, should be received by September 15th or March 15th. Submissions in advance of those deadlines are encouraged. LOIs should specify the sum that will be requested. Invited grant proposals are considered during board meetings in December and June of each year. For invited proposals, due on October 15 or April 15, there is no page limit, but the proposal — as the LOI — is expected to be concise and incorporate clear statements of significance, objectives, novelty, methods, expectations of success, and why the researcher believes the work cannot reasonably expect federal support, or support from other conventional funding sources. There should also be a discussion of the broader ramifications of your work once it is completed.
Notification of a successful application usually follows within two weeks of board meetings. A true emergency may be considered outside this schedule.
- LOIs require no attachments.
- Candidates should fill out an application form to accompany their grant proposals.
- Two letters of reference are required from scientists acquainted with the investigation and with the researcher in search of support. The letters should accompany the grant proposals.
- A cv should be included for each investigator.
- Include a budget, as described below.
Budgeting the Grant Request
The Eppley Foundation for Research is a small, family foundation that disburses up to $460,000 a year. Dozens of proposals compete annually for this modest sum.
The Foundation rarely provides operating funds: The Foundation will fund a specific investigation in its entirety or a specified portion of a larger project. In the case of the latter, the Foundation requires assurance that all funds will be in hand at the time the research begins to ensure that the work proposed can be completed. When the Foundation is asked to fund the first year of a multiple-year investigation, all funds must be committed at the time of initiation in order to ensure that the work can be sustained until its completion.
An itemized budget should accompany all proposals, and a budget justification. The Foundation limits its contribution to overhead to 15 percent. Travel and fringe benefits do not qualify for overhead allocation.
The grant proposal may include requests for equipment, but the Foundation does not fund proposals that are primarily for equipment.
Grant recipients should promptly acknowledge receipt of funds.
An interim report, which may be a letter, is required after half a year. A full report is required from grant recipients after one year. This report should follow precisely the sequence of events in the proposal, addressing each step or goal as discussed in the proposal.
Should the need arise for a substantial change in research protocols, timetable or budget allocations, the Foundation should be notified in advance.
Please email to ingrid.e [at] earthlink.net a copy of any publication arising from work supported by The Eppley Foundation for Research.
If invited to send a full proposal, send two complete printed copies to the address below and an e-mail copy to ingrid.e [at] earthlink.net.
Attach your proposal to your email as a pdf file. Put your last name and a key word from your proposal title in the subject line of your email, and be sure to include the full title of your proposal in the body of the email.
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