The Medical Foundation Division

Biomedical Research Grantmaking Services
The Medical Foundation Division works with private individuals, bank trusts and family foundations to design customized grant programs that accelerate medical discoveries. Each year, more than 100 internationally recognized scientists and physicians from across the United States and Europe serve on our scientific review committees and provide critical and unbiased evaluations of all applications and research progress reports. In 2014, our clients' programs awarded approximately $17.7 million.

Our grantmaking services include:
  • Defining the scientific funding niche
  • Writing application guidelines
  • Maintaining an extensive database of all grant program activities
  • Announcing funding to worldwide research institutions and professional societies
  • Designing and managing program web pages
  • Overseeing all aspects of the online application process
  • Creating highly respected scientific review committees
  • Distributing funds and negotiating contracts with research institutions
  • Reviewing award recipients’ progress and fiscal reports
  • Organizing scientific meetings where award recipients present their research discoveries
  • Evaluating the quality and effectiveness of grant programs
Life Sciences Consulting Services
When clients wish to learn more about a specific disease or field of biomedical research, we provide reports that can be tailored for either scientific or lay audiences. We review, evaluate, and summarize relevant scientific literature as well as assess the current funding landscape. We identify and interview leaders in the field of interest. Reports are enriched by contacting experts within our database of governmental agencies, academia, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Assisted by our consulting services, clients make informed funding decisions to meet their organizations' strategic goals.
Robert Sege Robert Sege, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP
Vice President, The Medical Foundation
617.451.0049 ext. 063

Robert Sege Robert Sege, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP is Vice President, Medical Foundation Division, and Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University. He is nationally known for his research on effective health systems approaches to the prevention of violence and abuse. He is a member of the boards of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust and Prevent Child Abuse America, and of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is a graduate of Yale College, and received his PhD in Biology from MIT and his MD from Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining HRiA, he was the Director of the Division of Family and Child Advocacy at Boston Medical Center. Bob lives in the Boston area, where he and his wife Karen have raised three young adult children.
John Kanki John Kanki, PhD
Scientific Director, The Medical Foundation Division
617.279.2240 ext. 329

John Kanki Dr. Kanki serves as the head of The Medical Foundation division and oversees its strategic and operational goals. In addition to developing new grant programs, he conducts Life Sciences consulting projects, identifies expert scientific reviewers and is involved in new client development. Dr. Kanki received a B.S. in Psychology with Honors from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego. His postdoctoral studies focused on neurobiology in the Department of Biology at the University of Michigan, embryonic pattern formation in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, and pancreatic organogenesis in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. For 12 years prior to joining The Medical Foundation division, Dr. Kanki was a Senior Research Scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston supervising research on leukemia and neuroblastoma. Dr. Kanki is an accomplished grant and scientific writer with an extensive publication record.
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