Annual Report 2006 Grant Guidelines
Annual Report 2006

April, 2007

The Dana Foundation, established in 1950 by industrialist, philanthropist, and legislator Charles A. Dana, is a private philanthropic foundation with principal interests in science, health, and education. The foundation’s current areas of research emphasis are in neuroscience, immunology, and the effects of arts training on cognitive skills. Selected proposals have the potential to improve human health or functioning. Grants also support improvement in K–12 education, particularly in training professional artists to teach in the public schools. Specific grant-making programs in these areas are the basis for decisions on grant applications. No applications are considered apart from these grant programs. Additional information on current grant programs is available on our Web site,

General Policies

The Dana Foundation:

Supports programs in science, health, and education through specifically defined objectives in each field.

Requires grantee institutions, in many cases, to share the cost of a project or raise matching funds.

Makes no grants directly to individuals.

Does not support annual operating costs of organizations, deficit reduction, capital campaigns, or individual sabbaticals.

Does not schedule meetings with applicants, other than by specific invitation initiated by the foundation.


Science and Health Grants

Through competitive applications, Dana supports research in neuroscience, immunology, and the effects of arts training on cognition.

Brain and Immuno-imaging

Investigators use anatomical, physiological, or cellular and molecular imaging techniques to pilot-test novel clinical hypotheses on the brain, immune cells, or their interactions. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are sent twice yearly to deans of U.S. medical schools and other invited biomedical research institutions.

Human Immunology

Grants support clinical studies that measure human immune system functioning in health and disease, including the measurement of immune system responses to exper­imental therapeutic trials supported by other sources. Individual investigators are invited to submit proposals for consideration. Additionally, applications by consortia (collaborating investigators) are solicited through a call for proposals in the Journal of Experimental Medicine and Nature Reviews Immunology.

Human immunology research training awards, co-funded by the Irvington Institute for Immunological Research, support Dana-Irvington Fellows to undertake mentored clinical studies. Fellowships are designed to interest promising new investigators in considering clinical immunology research careers.


By invitation, collaborating neuroscientists and immunologists apply for grants to study interactions between the nervous system and the immune system in health and disease. Both clinical and animal model studies are funded.  

Clinical Neuro­science Research

By invitation, translational researchers apply for support to test promising therapies from animal model research in a small number of patients with devastating, currently untreatable, brain diseases. Also supported are studies to develop ethical guidelines for clinical brain research and prognostic data based on treatment outcomes in patients with severe brain injuries or disorders.

Arts and Cognition

A consortium is currently funded to study the effects of training in the arts on cognitive skills. No additional applications are being accepted.

All other science and health grants are made solely by invitation. For information on science and health grants, please contact:

Grants Office, The Dana Foundation

505 Fifth Avenue, 6th floor

New York, New York 10017



Arts Education Grants

The foundation's current interest in arts education is focused on professional development that fosters improved teaching of the performing arts in public schools. Proposed projects must emphasize innovative training curricula for artists and in-school arts specialists.  These projects must originate in New York City, Wash­ington, DC, or Los Angeles, or within a 50-mile radius, or they must serve rural areas of the United States. Information and guidelines about the general and rural grants are available online, as are the forms for applying.  

Education Grants

The foundation has supported advances in education throughout its history. The foundation's continuing interest in fostering innovations in K–12 education is maintained through grant support for the Dana Center for Education Innovation at the University of Texas in Austin. Other foundation support for select education projects is internally generated or invited.

While the education grants program is designed to benefit schools and school systems throughout the country, foundation grants ordinarily are not made directly to individual schools.