Forum Grant Donations

For more than 40 years, Forum Grants, in partnership with the Forum Gala, have contributed to monies raised for the scientists’ pilot study funds.

A pilot study, pilot project or pilot experiment is a small scale preliminary study conducted in order to evaluate feasibility, time, cost, adverse events, and effect size in an attempt to predict an appropriate sample size and improve upon the study design prior to performance of a full scale research project.

These grants are sometimes known as “seed grants” because they are relatively small but the ideas they power can grow to become huge in impact.

Over the last sixteen years, the fundraising efforts of the Forum have amounted to $3 million in pilot grant funding. This funding allowed researchers to apply for additional grant monies amounting to $60 million in subsequent awards… a 30-fold return!

Recent Forum Grants have:

  • Led to a breakthrough identifying a promising anti-viral to treat Ebola infection Advanced a rapid screening technology for genetic interactions in psychiatric and neurological disorders
  • Funded innovative ways to understand the genetics of heart disease, the number 1 cause of death in the U.S.
  • Funded studies in drug resistance of a river-borne parasite that causes 117 million infections and 150,000 deaths annually
  • Funded studies to cure and develop a vaccine for HIV infection
  • Funded research to understand the in uence of the microbiome in obesity and diabetes
  • Advanced brain imaging studies to show transplanted dopamine-producing neurons used to treat Parkinson’s disease
  • Funded research to develop an animal model for Cystinosis, a rare, devastating genetic disorder
  • Funded the search for predictive biomarkers for Osteoarthritis, which is the number 1 cause of disability
  • Advanced development of a diagnostic for Ebola and Marburg viruses

Please consider supporting the Forum Grants efforts by making a donation today.


Forum Grant Contact

If you have any questions, please contact our Forum Grants Chair at texasbiomedicalforum@gmail.com


Forum Grant Donation Levels and Benefits
(all Forum Grant donations are 100% tax deductible)

Leadership Pilot Circle: Recognizes donors who are Past Presidents, Past Gala Chairs and Past Gala Co-Chairs of the Texas Biomedical Forum.

$10,000 and up:
Premium signage at the Gala, donor logo and link to company website (if applicable) on Forum website, recognition in the Forum Newsletter, recognition in the Forum’s social media sites, an invitation to the pre-Gala Fashion Show, donor name on invitation and program and mention in press release.

$5,000 – $9,999:
Signage at the Gala, donor logo and link to company website (if applicable) on Forum website and social media sites, an invitation to the pre-Gala Fashion Show, donor name on invitation and program and mention in press release.

$1,000 – $4,999:
Donor recognition on invitation, program, Forum website and mention in press release.

$500 – $999:
Donor recognition on invitation, program and Forum website.

$250 – $499:
Donor recognition in the program and Forum website.

FORUM GRANT DONATION