Cancer Research Grants

Process and Schedule

Program Opens:

June 01, 2021

LOI Due by midnight:

July 16, 2021

LOI applicants notified of decision & invitations extended for proposals:

August 19, 2021

proposals due by midnight:

October 08, 2021

Applicants notified of decision:

November 15, 2021


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

Organizations must have a primary focus on cancer research or a dedicated cancer research division. Supported activities include equipment purchases, information technology, data and measurement systems, and capacity building. Travel, meals and conferences are not eligible for funding.

Funding is limited to organizations located in and directly serving residents of Oregon and Washington.

Organizations must be a registered 501©(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 request: $1,500,000 over a three-year period.

Grant Period: One-year grants or multi-year grants up to three years.

Types of Support

We fund advanced research in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, with particular emphasis on clinical applications of promising drug and technological advances.

  • We fund medical research principally conducted in Pacific Northwest institutions.
  • Under this funding interest, the Foundation does not consider support for first stage basic research, endowments, publications, annual fund appeals, or general operations.
  • Projects that demonstrate collaboration and data sharing across a range of institutions and/or disciplines are highly encouraged.

The following are eligible for funding consideration:

  • 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 our grant program or application process, please contact Gretchen Schackel at


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