Gerstner Philanthropies focuses on biomedical research, educational opportunities, and assistance for people who have suffered a temporary setback and could use a “helping hand” to restore their equilibrium.

Our Biomedical Research funding falls into two categories:

  • Supporting important genomic research that could lead to breakthroughs in clinical practice
  • Enabling talented young scientists to pursue a career in research

Our Education work supports students who have talent and determination but whose opportunity to excel is limited because of their economic circumstances.

Our Helping Hands program provides assistance for people experiencing an unforeseen emergency through one-time cash grants.

In addition, we make a small number of grants related to or outside of these areas of focus.

News


  • Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. to Conclude 8 Year Term as Chair of Broad Institute Board

    The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced today that renowned technologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Eric Schmidt will become the next Chair of the Board of Directors, succeeding Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., who has served as Chair of the Board since 2013. Under his leadership as Chair, the Broad Institute has expanded its focus and impact around mental illness, genome editing, cancer diagnostics, therapeutics and drug discovery, developing software tools to drive the intersection of biology and machine learning, COVID-19 testing and research to serve public health needs, and more.

    Read more at broadinstitute.org
  • Columbia University Announces 2021 Louis V. Gerstner Jr., Scholars

    Four physician-scientists at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons—Jennifer Gelinas, Catherine Spina, Aaron Viny, and Xiao Zhao—have been named 2021 Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholars. Eliza C. Miller, a 2018 Gerstner Scholar, has been named a 2021 Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Merit Awardee. Since 2008, The Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholars Program has supported tenure-track physicians who conduct research that has the promise to bring new treatments to patients. The fund provides a stipend of $75,000 per year, for up to three years, to support the awardees’ research projects. Scholars are nominated by a committee of distinguished research faculty and selected by the VP&S dean. The program also presents the Gerstner Merit Award to an outstanding third-year Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Scholar who has made great strides in research.

    Read more about this year's scholars at columbia.edu
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Reflections on Helping Hands


Lou Gerstner shares the origin of and his vision for the emergency grants program, lessons learned over the past decade, and his belief in the critical importance of the work.

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