Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust – Catalyst Awards Program

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The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust was created by Marian Falk in 1979 to support biomedical research. Mrs. Falk sought to fund “medical research to improve treatments of the past and eventually find cures for diseases for which no definite cure is known.” Bank of America, N.A., serves as Trustee for the Falk Medical Research Trust.

The Medical Foundation at Health Resources in Action is pleased to manage the grantmaking for both the Falk Catalyst and Transformational Programs on behalf of Bank of America.

The Catalyst Research Award Program provides one-to- two years of seed funding to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks within the Program’s principal areas of focus. The Program is designed to enable planning and development of projects, teams, tools, techniques, and management infrastructure necessary to successfully compete for two- to-three-year awards through the Transformational Research Award Program. Please Click Here for more information on the Transformational Award Program.

2021 Invited Institutions:

  • Brown University, RI*
  • Case Western Reserve University, OH
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, OH
  • Cleveland Clinic, OH
  • Indiana University, IN
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Illinois Chapter, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital), IL
  • Loyola University, IL
  • Mayo Clinic, MN
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, WI
  • Northwestern University, IL
  • Ohio State University, OH
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, IL
  • Rush University, IL
  • Stanford University, CA*
  • Thomas Jefferson University, PA*
  • University of Chicago, IL
  • University of Cincinnati, OH
  • University of Illinois – Chicago, IL
  • University of Iowa, IA
  • University of Michigan, MI
  • University of Minnesota, MN
  • University of Wisconsin, WI
  • Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), MO
  • Wayne State University, MI
  • Yale University, CT*

* Institutions outside of the Midwest