Foundation Grants $3.275M to Alzheimer’s Association for Research Fellows

Foundation Grants $3.275M to Alzheimer’s Association for Research Fellows

Grant Establishes Fred A. Erb Clinical Research Fellowship

Today we announced $10 million in new and ongoing grants during our January grant cycle. See the complete grants list here.

A $3.275 million grant to Alzheimer’s Association will establish the Fred A. Erb Clinical Research Fellowship. An annual, highly competitive, and rigorous review process will identify the two top-ranked dementia scientists from around the world to each receive a $300,000 research fellowship. The initiative will accelerate efforts to improve the prevention, management, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease while expanding and strengthening the field of early-career scientists working on the challenges of the disease and other forms of dementia.

This grant represents our largest investment to date aimed at addressing a progressive brain disorder that impacts more than 6 million people and their family members and caregivers in the United States alone.

“The Foundation supports this work in honor of Fred Erb, who passed away in 2013 – just before his 90th birthday – after living with Alzheimer’s disease for 12 years,” said Dr. Neil Hawkins, president of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. “The work of the Fred A. Erb Clinical Research Fellows will help accelerate research globally to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.”

Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator received $450,000 to help small and medium-sized manufacturers increase their adoption of sustainable business practices that will improve their sustainability and boost their economic competitiveness. The project will reach existing companies as well as startups that do not have the staff capacity to evaluate their energy use, waste streams, greenhouse gas emissions, or other factors to make their operations more sustainable.

“We are excited to support Lawrence Tech Centrepolis to deliver sustainability project support to small and medium-sized enterprises in the region,” said Hawkins. “Their track record is strong, and the sustainable business ecosystem will be strengthened by this important work. This also greatly complements the impactful efforts by Sustainable Business Network of Detroit.”

We are also supporting the following organizations, among others, in the January grants cycle:

  • Signal Return received $250,000 to support the expansion of the organization’s mission-driven programs and business model in a new arts district on Detroit’s east side.
  • Michigan’s Center for Freshwater Innovation, a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University, received $570,460 to partner with Great Lakes Water Authority and other stakeholders to identify barriers to regional stormwater cooperation in southeast Michigan and develop strategies to overcome them.
  • Friends of the Rouge received $212,000 to develop new, inclusive outreach strategies to form new partnerships and build deeper relationships in communities throughout the watershed.
  • Delta Institute received $180,000 to develop ways to calculate soil health land valuations so that landowners in Michigan – especially those in the western Lake Erie watershed – will be incentivized to implement soil health practices.
  • National Wildlife Federation’s Healing our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition received $100,000 to engage a broad range of stakeholders to develop updated goals and recommendations for Great Lakes restoration.