Cancer Research Grants

Process and Schedule

Program Opens:

August 21, 2023

Proposals due by midnight:

September 29, 2023

Applicants notified of decision:

November 16, 2023

Imagination Grants for Cancer Research – Second Cycle

Program Focus:

Imagination Grants for Cancer Research serve as a catalyst for new exploration. These one-year grants are intended to fulfill an unmet need or to advance efforts in the pursuit of impactful and innovative cancer research.

Imagination grants for cancer research can be used to:

  • Support an existing program to broaden or strengthen the work or take the research to the next critical phase.
  • Fund a new project, with an emphasis on the components that will enable the launch of a new project.


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.

Our grants are directed toward organizations located in and directly serving residents of Oregon and Washington. Organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit or a public institution providing services and research that aligns with the Foundation’s mission. We welcome and encourage collaboration with other entities inside and outside of our region and recognize that clinical trials often require a large geographic footprint. We support collaborative, multi-institutional efforts when the work is being led by researchers based in Oregon or Washington.

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, veteran, or disability statuses in the delivery of services and in their employment practices.

Size and Duration of Grant

Funding range: Up to $85,000.

Grant period: One-year grants.

Indirect cost rate: 10 percent.

Reporting requirements: Reports are due no later than one year after grant is awarded and should summarize how the funds were utilized and the outcomes achieved.

Types of Support


Program Support

  • Pilot programs
  • Program creation
  • Program expansion

Capital and Infrastructure

  • Equipment
  • Technology

Research and Evaluation

  • Data and measurement systems
  • Research

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 Robyn Shuey via e-mail at

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

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