Mapplethorpe Foundation Grants: HIV/AIDS Research

Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Fields of work: HIV/AIDS

Applicant type: College / University, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Behavioral, Biomedical

Location of project: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation was created in 1988 by the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, with two major mandates: to support scientific research in the fight against HIV infection and AIDS, and to fund photography programming at arts institutions. Mr. Mapplethorpe died of AIDS in 1989. Prior funding of HIV-related work has encompassed the range of clinical and basic HIV research, HIV care and treatment, and funding of equipment and facilities to allow for improved HIV research and care.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees reviews all applications at its quarterly meetings. The Foundation is not capable of providing emergency assistance; applicants should be prepared to wait several weeks or months for decisions to be made. The Board takes all requests seriously and attempts to make meaningful and informed decisions.

AIDS Research

The Foundation provides funding for scientific research directed towards the treatment or cure of  AIDS and HIV related infections.

The Board makes funding decisions in the field of HIV/AIDS research in consultation with qualified outside experts. The Foundation is currently seeking proposals for projects benefiting and/or being conducted in the New York area.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Foundation grants funding only to organizations within the United States.


  • Priority will be given to proposals which cannot be readily supported by larger external sources, e.g. NIH funding. 


  • The Foundation does not give grants directly to individuals.
  • The Foundation does not provide money for social services, health care facilities or equipment, or projects that are not linked to a specific research agenda.