We build collaborations to solve problems
The National Stem Cell Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that funds adult stem cell and regenerative medicine research, connects children with limited resources to clinical trials for rare diseases and underwrites the National STEM Scholar Program for middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM pioneers nationwide.
We partner with other foundations, organizations and institutions to co-fund research and clinical trials that advance therapies and technologies with the potential to significantly reduce the physical and financial burden of diseases and conditions that affect millions worldwide.
We believe in the power of collaboration to maximize donor dollars and speed research into therapies for currently incurable diseases. We look for the most promising developments in the fields of neurodegenerative disease, autoimmune disease, rare childhood disorders and regenerative repair. We actively seek partnerships to co-fund projects with the greatest potential to impact healthcare.
The National STEM Scholar Program funds advanced STEM training and national network building for science teachers motivating students at the tipping point of life-long science interest - middle school. Research shows that children in middle school who become excited about science are the ones who will pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses in high school and major in STEM subjects at the college level.
NSCF partners with The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, consistently named one of the best high schools in the country, to develop and fund advanced training and network building scholarships for 10 middle school science teachers selected each year from a national pool of applicants each year. National STEM Scholars convene in June on Gatton’s campus at Western Kentucky University (WKU) for a week of advanced STEM training with a peer group of highly motivated science teachers from around the country - and leave with a laptop/tablet to facilitate ongoing collaboration, a generous stipend for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project and sponsored attendance at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference the following spring. They are mentored throughout the year by WKU master faculty.
The National STEM Scholar Program currently includes 40 Scholars in 23 states. We believe focusing our education efforts and resources on reaching the particularly influential middle school science teacher will bear fruit now and into the future.
America Needs More Scientists - So We’re Growing Them Ourselves
Our patient advocacy programs connect people to life-saving treatments and potential cures.
In partnership with the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (PBMT) program at Duke University, we help cover insurance deductibles and co-pays for children eligible to participate in potentially life-changing clinical trials when the out-of-pocket costs are beyond a family's means. Children from all over the United States and around the world travel to PBMT for access to clinical trials for rare, disabling and sometimes fatal diseases. These are children with no other treatment options and often limited financial resources.
We fund the national efforts of Sharing America's Marrow (S.A.M.) to significantly increase the donor pool for life-saving bone marrow transplants. In 2015 and 2016, the S.A.M. team enrolled over 24,000 new donors on the National Marrow Donor Registry and found more than 500 matches for people on the waiting list. In 2016, they received the RARE Champion of Hope Award from Global Genes.