Boettcher Foundation awards nearly $1M in COVID-19 research grants

Wednesday May 20, 2020 Tags: Denver, Boettcher Foundation, Katie Kramer, COVID-19

DENVER — The Boettcher Foundation announced six grantees who will be awarded a total of just under $1 million in biomedical research funding to fight COVID-19 and potential future pandemics.Boettcher_Foundation_logoUSE  

The grantees represent several of Colorado’s top research hospitals and universities, including a number of collaborative partnerships.

The grantees all are leading existing biomedical research efforts around COVID-19, with a collective emphasis on risk factors, treatment, testing and vaccines.

“As a group, the six projects are innovative in how they are researching multiple facets of COVID-19 and its impacts on Coloradans,” said Boettcher Foundation President and CEO Katie Kramer.

“We are proud to support these efforts at a time when biomedical research is a public health priority for response, treatment, and future pandemic prevention.”

The Boettcher Foundation launched the COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund last month, creating a rapid response RFP targeted at the state’s leading investigators.

More than 120 grant applications were submitted in the 10-day time frame before an initial team of experts reduced to a list of 39 finalists.

From there, a review panel comprised of biomedical experts selected the six grantees last week. Awards will average $165,000.

The following researchers submitted the winning proposals:

The Boettcher Foundation has supported biomedical research in Colorado since the 1940s. Since 2008, the investments have included more than $15 million in research grants through the Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards.

The awards have supported 68 Boettcher Investigators to establish their bioscience and biomedical research, encouraging Colorado’s top scientific minds to remain in-state.

“Colorado has long been home to incredible innovation, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing an effort like this to support research around our state that could help us address this pandemic,” said Gov. Jared Polis.