The Allen Foundation, named in honor of William Webster Allen, operates under the laws of the State of Michigan with offices in Midland. Grants are limited under the terms of the foundation's charter to projects that primarily benefit programs for human nutrition in the areas of health, education, training, and research.
In order to be considered for an Allen Foundation grant, you must be a non-profit organization and be able to provide us with a copy of your Internal Revenue Service certification of 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status. If applying from outside the United States, you must inform us how we can document or confirm that you have your country's counterpart or equivalent of the 501(c)(3) form. Only online submissions of grant proposals will be considered for possible funding.
In certain circumstances, the Allen Foundation will consider requests from the following: hospitals or medical clinics; social, religious, fraternal, or community organizations; private foundations; and K-12 public, parochial or private schools. Preference may be given to proposals that include matching funds from the institution or other partners including in-kind contribution. Third party contribution to matching funds such as computer or software donated from a company may be included. The foundation reserves the right to make an award without further discussion and reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Reviewers will objectively evaluate the merit of the proposal based on the goal, objectives, and expected outcomes. All projects should have the potential for budgetary self-sufficiency (direct and indirect costs) or show evidence that special funds will not be needed to continue the program after completion of the grant period. The Allen Foundation Inc. imposes a cap of twenty percent (20%) for overhead costs collected (on top of direct costs of completing the project) by colleges and universities. Applicants are thus requested to plan their budgets accordingly in order to avoid any problems with their institution's administration or development foundation. The foundation does not directly administer the programs which it funds. The recipients are asked to submit yearly progress reports and a financial accounting concerning the expenditures of the foundation grant. The foundation does not retain ownership rights in intellectual property generated in relation to grants.
Academic research under an Allen Foundation grant must be conducted under the leadership of a principal investigator (PI) who is a full-time regular faculty member with tenure or on tenure track. Research projects that are pre-clinical or translational in nature, i.e., utilizing animal models, as well as human/clinical studies are eligible for consideration for possible funding. An application requires the following: (1) an abbreviated curriculum vitae for the PI; (2) a short statement of the performance and leadership qualifications of the PI to undertake the project and the suitability of the environment in which the project will be conducted; (3); the name with full contact information (mailing address, email, and fax number) of the person or office in charge of institution internal review of all proposals for sponsored projects that are submitted to external agencies prior to their submission; and (4) full contact information, if applicable, regarding institution oversight of projects involving humans or experimental animals. If the board of trustees desires further documentation or additional materials, it will contact the office or person named in the application.