Competitively-awarded research grants comprise our single largest source of funding at the Biodesign Institute. Another major source of revenue comes from industry research contracts. We also receive support from a voter-approved fund (the Technology and Research Initiative Fund, or TRIF) that is derived from a percentage of sales tax revenues. This funding was used to launch the Institute, with the expectation that reliance on the fund would be decreased as the Institute is increasingly able to generate other funding.
For this reason, gifts from generous individuals, private nonprofit foundations and other philanthropic sources form a growing and crucial source of support. Federal and industry sources of funding favor mature projects that have already been supported through the discovery phase, so early-stage "launch" funding is particularly important. However, there are opportunities at all stages of the process where philanthropic investments can accelerate the translation of discoveries into societal use. We invite you to support our research with a tax-deductible donation.
Biodesign Funding Since Inception