Cancer Research Grants

Application Deadline:

February 10, 2021

Award Notification:

March 2021

Program Focus

Imagination Grants serve as a catalyst for strengthening or expanding the cancer research capabilities of an institution in service to its mission. These one-year grants are intended to fulfill an unmet need or to advance important work in the pursuit of impactful and innovative cancer research.

We are especially passionate about funding projects that:

  • Demonstrate and advance collaboration, particularly amongst institutions.
  • Support new and promising research by individuals committed to a cure and the creation of therapies that are accessible and affordable.
  • Advance the next generation of leaders, with an emphasis on women and people of color.

Imagination grants for cancer research can be used to:

  • Support an existing program in order 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.


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, though funding is open to excellent research projects conducted in other regions throughout the United States.
  • Under this funding interest, the Foundation does not consider support for first stage basic research, endowments, publications, annual fund appeals, or general operations.

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:

Grant size: $10,000 to $75,000

Grant period: One Year

Reporting Requirements

Report due no later than one year after grant is awarded. Report summarizes how the funds were utilized and outcomes achieved as a result of the funding.

Types of Support:

Program Support

  • Pilot programs
  • Program creation
  • Program expansion

Capacity Building

  • System improvements
  • Operational improvements
  • Technical assistance

Capital and Infrastructure

  • Equipment
  • Information 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 our grant program or application process, please contact our team.

Application Deadline:

February 10, 2021

Award Notification:

March 2021

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