The power of a donation to Children’s Research Institute

Every dollar makes a difference. Just consider this sample menu of how far your gift can go:

Up to $1,000 – Research Supply Award: Supplies for conducting experiments are a daily requirement for a research scientist. This award pays for consumable research supplies, including reagents, antibodies, test tubes, culture dishes, pipette tips and liquid nitrogen.

$1,500 to $2,500 – Research Travel Award: Data sharing and collaboration aid in the intellectual success of the research scientist. This award enables sending investigators to present their data at a national meeting, gaining valuable insights from national peers. Scientific meetings are key for scientists to keep current in the rapid pace of new developments.

$3,000 to $4,500 – Student Research Award: Encouraging undergraduate scientists to continue in their scientific journey is vital to maintaining a pipeline of scientific talent. This award sponsors a summer undergraduate research student in the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research. The SPUR program provides the opportunity for promising undergraduates to learn firsthand the potential of the biomedical sciences as an exciting career by working alongside experienced scientists.

$3,500 to $6,000 – Research Award, Small Equipment: Scientists’ equipment needs go beyond the scope of shared laboratory equipment. This award pays for small scientific equipment, including pipettors, vortexers, mini-centrifuges, incubators, refrigerators and freezers.

$5,000 to $25,000 – Research Symposium Award: A focused topic data-sharing event brings scientists with similar research interests together to share data and discoveries and to challenge each other’s thinking. This award funds bringing visiting professors to share data and meet with campus researchers. It could be an on- or off-campus event including nationally recognized peer presenters.

$15,000 to $30,000 – Graduate Student Research Award: Supporting the best and brightest graduate student scientists is part of the Children’s Research Institute’s goal of maintaining a pipeline of scientific talent. This award helps defray the costs for academically deserving PhD or MD/PhD dual degree candidates as they work in one of our laboratories, generating data on a mentored project.

$25,000 to $50,000 – Career Development Research Award: Mentored career development awards are designed to support post-graduate fellows and young faculty as they begin to establish their independent research programs. This award provides seed funding for the researcher to gather pilot data on an early-stage project.

$25,000 to $50,000 – Pilot Research Award: Throughout their careers, researchers have a need for supplemental funding to test new, yet-to-be funded ideas. This award could benefit a graduate student, post-graduate fellow, young faculty or seasoned faculty researcher by providing seed funding for the researcher to gather pilot data on an early-stage project.

$50,000 to $100,000 – Complex Pilot Research Award: This award could benefit a graduate student, post-graduate fellow, young faculty or seasoned faculty researcher by providing seed funding for the researcher to gather pilot data on a more elaborate early-stage project.

$100,000 to $500,000 – Research Award, Major Equipment: This award could provide major scientific equipment for a shared services area (e.g. flow cytometry, confocal microscope).

$250,000 to $1 million – Programmatic Research Award: This award could support up to 10 research awards, or a collaborative multi-PI research project award in a focused research area.

$1.5 million and up – Endowed Chair for Research Award: This award recognizes an exceptional investigator with critical ongoing funds for his or her research program. With a gift at this level, the donor may name the chair.

Online donation

Make a gift online today — under gift designation, please select “Children’s Research Institute.”