Empire Health Foundation to Administer State's New Cancer Research Fund

Empire Health Foundation (EHF) of Spokane has been selected to serve as the Program Administrator for the statewide Cancer Research Endowment (CARE), a new public-private partnership that supports cancer research across the state. EHF is responsiblse to administer grants to fund research that utilizes the best science with the greatest potential to improve health outcomes for patients.

"Empire Health Foundation is deeply committed to the CARE Fund's goals and is eager to launch and scale this important initiative for our state," said Antony Chiang, president of EHF.

The initial strategic plan by the CARE Board will focus on two priority areas:

  • Distinguished Researchers. The CARE Fund will match up to $500,000 to fund recruitment packages that bring leading cancer researchers to cancer research institutions in Washington.
  • Breakthrough Fund. This fund will provide grants up to $750,000 in the first year to partnerships or collaborations solving a critical problem or trying to achieve a transformational breakthrough.

A request for proposals (RFP) for the Distinguished Researchers program will be released this summer. Proposals for the Breakthrough fund will be solicited and evaluated later this year.

CARE is created and defined by statute in RCW 43.348.