Health - Kenneth Rainin Foundation


The Rainin Foundation envisions a world where no one suffers from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). We want to achieve a better understanding of how to help patients manage symptoms and improve their lives even before a cure is obtained.

We support novel, high-risk research and challenge investigators to push boundaries. The beginning of an idea is particularly exciting to us because it’s where we can make the greatest impact. Our investments enable researchers to test ideas and gather data to advance the understanding of IBD. Beyond funding, we recognize the importance of dialogue and facilitate collaboration among innovators to move IBD research forward. We also host an annual Innovations Symposium where we invite guest speakers to share the latest IBD research.

Health Program Snapshot

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Solving IBD

Explore how our investments are advancing cutting-edge ideas, meet the researchers we support, make connections and learn about our future funding directions.

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Scientific Advisory Board

This group of leading researchers provides scientific expertise to strengthen our health grantmaking and strategies toward solving IBD.

Health Grants

We invest early in novel approaches and support collaboration among investigators and across disciplines, believing this can have the greatest impact in IBD research.

Health News & Stories

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Coming Together Energizes Our 2023 Innovations Symposium

09/12/2023 | Health

The Rainin Foundation’s Innovations Symposium brought together scientific minds from around the world to promote cutting-edge thinking about Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We were thrilled to meet in person for the first time since 2019.

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Funding Opportunity For IBD Research

07/19/2023 | Health

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry for our Innovator Awards Program from August 1 through September 30, 2023.

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Foundation Grants Over $4 Million For IBD Research

07/19/2023 | Health

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded $4.15 million through our Innovator Awards Program.