Funding Needs & Priorities
At the UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, we are committed to unlocking the potential of stem cells to treat and cure disease and disorders that affect millions of individuals worldwide. Funding needs in research greatly outweigh funds available, which is why your philanthropic partnership is vital to our success. Your contributions directly support groundbreaking research that will impact future generations. Join us as we push the boundaries of what is possible in the exciting new science of regenerative medicine. Our priorities include:
Stem Cell Fund for Excellence: Seed Grant Program (Fund #3160)
Investing in Seed Grants that Catalyze Discovery
We have enormous opportunities to make life better for people, but without adequate funding for promising research, we risk leaving lives behind. Our Seed Grant Program addresses this issue by providing modest grants to researchers at the early stages of their work. This support enables scientists with big ideas to initiate bold research that paves the way for long-term successes.
Whether they focus on basic or translational research, recipients of our seed grants have the opportunity to explore new frontiers of knowledge in a supportive, collaborative environment that fosters innovation and discovery.
Learn more about our Seed Grant Program (add link to view PDF here)
Alpha Stem Cell Clinic (Fund #3893)
The Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine is home to the only CIRM-funded stem cell clinic in Orange County – the UCLA-UCI Alpha Stem Cell Clinic.
Here, the best and brightest physician scientists deliver promising stem cell therapies to patients in clinical trials for debilitating diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa - a blinding eye disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, and much more.
These stem cell trials are the outgrowth of groundbreaking research performed at academic research centers like UCI. Here, the Stem Cell Research Center is on the cusp of harnessing the amazing potential of stem cell therapies for many other afflictions including, Huntington’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, newly diagnosed glioblastoma, critical limb ischemia, type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, ovarian cancer, and more.
Every day, we gain new insights that enrich understanding of how neural cells make repairs. We are eager to move forward faster in hopes of helping you and your loved ones live healthier lives. To do this, we need your support.
Become a partner with the Stem Cell Clinic at UC Irvine and change what it means to be diagnosed with a debilitating disease.
Stem Cells Offer Hope Society (Fund #3701)
The Stem Cells Offer Hope Society (SCOHS) was founded on the belief that stem cells offer hope to treat a host of debilitating diseases and conditions. Our scientists seek to use stem cell therapies to regenerate specific tissues, renew patients’ health, and give young and old the chance to recover lost abilities and functionalities.
Your participation in SCOHS allows you to become personally involved in our quest to improve the quality of life for millions. It is a unique and wonderful time for the UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center—a time of promising advances in research as well as in real, practical therapies and treatments.
You can be a part of this hope and champion progress as we strive to fulfill the promise of stem cells. Thank you for making a difference.
Click here to join the Stem Cells Offer Hope Society or contact Amber Harness for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 824-9021.
If you would like to join via mail, please make checks payable to the UCI Foundation:
UCI Health Advancement
ATTN: Amber Harness
100 Theory Drive, Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92617
Stem Cells Offer Hope Society Giving Levels and Benefits
Lifetime Participation $50,000
All Circle benefits plus:
- Permanent donor recognition in the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center lobby
Heroes Circle $5,000 and up
All Optimists, Pioneers and Explorers Circle benefits plus:
- Private family-and-friends tour of the SCRC, including lunch with a scientist (up to six total attendees)
- Recognition on the SCRC website
Optimists Circle $2,500 – $4,999
All Pioneers and Explorers Circle benefits plus:
- Invitation for two to an exclusive Stem Cell Awareness Day reception featuring presentations by world-renowned scientists
Pioneers Circle $1,000 – $2,499
All Explorers Circle benefits plus:
- Two tickets to the annual Stem Cells Offer Hope reception
- Recognition in the SCRC e-newsletter
Explorers Circle $250 – $999
Two invitations each to:
- Annual Stem Cells Offer Hope Society reception
- Annual Stem Cell Awareness Day open house
- SCRC community lecture series
- News and updates about the center and our promising research breakthroughs
Value of goods and services: Heroes Circle – $460; Optimists Circle – $260; Pioneers Circle – $160; Explorers Circle – $60; Lifetime Participation – $2,300. (All contributions exceeding the value of goods and services may be tax deductible. Please contact your tax advisor.)