Today the Foundation funds projects in medicine, life sciences and the physical sciences. Particular areas of interest include innovative medical investigations and applications, endangered animals and ecosystems, and climate change.
The Eppley Foundation supports advanced scientific research by Ph.D.s or M.D.s with an established record of publication in their specialties. Candidates with newly awarded doctorates occasionally, but rarely, meet the Foundation's requirements for advanced research. Any applicant to the Foundation must be associated with a recognized educational or research institution with 501©3 status; a nonprofit organization. Funds are not issued directly to individuals.
Grants may be awarded for research in foreign countries but only when such applicants are US-based or associated with a US institution that will administer the grant on their behalf. The Foundation rarely considers proposals from foreign nationals studying in the US solely because they are therefore unable to qualify for federal funds.
The Foundation does not fund work that can qualify for funding from conventional sources such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, or similar agencies at the state level. We consider the most effective use of our limited funds to be research-initiation grants, with the understanding that sufficient work can be performed to enable the investigator to apply for greater sums from federal or other sources.
Letters of inquiry, not to exceed four pages, should be received by September 15th or March 15th. Submissions in advance of those deadlines are encouraged. Invited grant proposals are considered during board meetings in December and June of each year. For invited proposals, due on October 15 or April 15, there is no page limit, but the proposal is expected to be concise and incorporate clear statements of significance, objectives, novelty, methods, expectations of success, and why the researcher believes the work cannot reasonably expect federal support, or support from other conventional funding sources. There should also be a discussion of the broader ramifications of your work once it is completed.