Genomic discoveries can now be translated into personalized clinical care. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

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Biomedical Research

We fund basic or translational biomedical research. Though we remain open to other opportunities, our primary focus is supporting talented scientists in the early stages of their careers, or “young investigators”.

We invest resources in an effort to keep young investigators engaged in research instead of clinical practice only. Our hope is that our support launches or boosts a scientist’s career, which leads to funding from other sources to sustain his or her work.

“When my daughter was in medical school, she found that many of the smartest kids in the class wanted to go into research but couldn’t because the NIH no longer funded young investigators as they had in the past. Here we were on the cusp of major, life-changing advancements in biological sciences and our brightest young minds couldn’t afford to make them because of debt from college and medical school. I said ‘we’ve got to find a way to help'.” - Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Our Grantees


Major Biomedical Research Grants


Amounts below may reflect cumulative annual grants rather than multi-year grants. To see annual amounts, please see listings of grants paid each year.

  • American Museum of Natural History

    New York, NY | Visit Website

    To fund the Gerstner Scholars Program in biological research.

    $6,100,000

  • Broad Institute

    Cambridge, MA | Visit Website

    To fund the Cancer Drug Resistance Project.

    $10,000,000


    To fund a large-scale genomic study of the causes of ADHD.

    $4,645,352

  • Columbia University Medical Center

    New York, NY | Visit Website

    To fund the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Scholars Fund.

    $10,000,000


    To establish the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Clinical Research Center in Vision.

    $2,500,000


    To fund the faculty development fund in Ophthalmology.

    $200,000

  • Hospital for Special Surgery

    New York, NY | Visit Website

    To fund a study on the biomechanical effects of surgical spine fusion.

    $500,000

  • Massachusetts General Hospital

    Boston, MA | Visit Website

    To fund the Louis V. Gerstner III Research Fund to support young investigators studying ADHD.

    $1,250,000

  • Mayo Clinic

    Rochester, MN | Visit Website

    To fund the Gerstner Family Career Development Awards in Individualized Medicine.

    $3,750,000

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    New York, NY | Visit Website

    To establish the Gerstner Sloan Kettering School of Biomedical Sciences.

    $15,000,000


    To establish the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Young Investigator awards.

    $5,000,000