Cancer Research Grants

Process and Schedule

Program Opens:

June 13, 2022


July 22, 2022

 Applicants Notified of Decision;
Invitations Extended for Proposals

August 30, 2022

Proposals due by midnight:

October 7, 2022

Applicants notified of decision:

November 18, 2022



Discovery Grants for Cancer Research: Advancing Innovation

Program Focus:


We embrace cancer research that take a bold, collaborative and equity-focused approach, and we consider risk a necessity. We also recognize the importance of research that continues to refine and improve existing approaches. Discovery Grants fund early and mature cancer research in the quest for improved detection, treatment and outcomes.


Who Can Apply

Discovery Grants are for organizations and programs based in Oregon or Washington. However, efforts that demonstrate collaboration and data sharing across a range of institutions and/or disciplines are highly encouraged. 



Organizations must be a registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit or a public institution providing services and research that aligns with the Foundation’s mission, and have a minimum of five years of successful operation.

We will not consider requests for:

  • Grants to individuals.
  • Fundraising events.
  • Reserve funds or debt elimination.
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran or disability statuses in the delivery of services and in their employment practices.

Size and Duration of Grant

Funding range: Up to $500,000 per year.

Maximum funding: $1.5 million over a three-year period.

Types of Support


The following are eligible for funding; projects that demonstrate collaboration and data sharing across a range of institutions and/or disciplines are highly encouraged:


  • Research that builds a greater understanding of cancer development and growth.
  • Research on the cusp of the “next stage.” This includes early research or late-stage research ready for clinical trial.
  • Research actively seeking to reduce disparities by targeting improved treatment and outcomes for marginalized communities.
  • Research that identifies and dismantles barriers for underserved communities in order to increase the diversity of clinical trial participants, population cohorts and clinical samples.
  • Research focused on rare forms of cancer or cancer research that is traditionally under-resourced and has seen little development in a decade or more.

We appreciate your time and interest in applying for a grant from the Kuni Foundation. 

If you have any questions about the grant program or application process, please contact Gretchen Schackel via e-mail at


Learn how others are using Kuni Foundation grants to advance their work.

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