Food Allergy Fund Announces Inaugural Innovators Research Grant →

Washington, D.C. (November 19, 2018)  — The Food Allergy Fund, a new non-profit committed to bridging the funding gap for scientific research into food allergies, announced today it is accepting proposals for its first Innovators Research Grant. The $100,000 grant will be awarded to the researcher or team of researchers who demonstrates the most innovative approach to identifying what causes food allergies or an improved treatment.  This is the first of several grants to be awarded by the Fund in the coming year.  

Food Allergies are an emerging public health crisis.  Six million children—out of 15 million Americans overall—are affected by food allergies. That's two children per classroom – a 50% increase from 1997 to 2011. Every three minutes, a person visits the emergency room due to an allergic reaction.  

Yet research on causes and treatment is severely underfunded. That's why Ilana Golant created the Food Allergy Fund to raise awareness and money for scientific research. The mission is personal as Ilana is a mother to a toddler with food allergies. 

“The rising number of people living with food allergies is unacceptable and I am committed to supporting new research to turn the numbers upside down,” said Golant. “I have assembled an impressive Scientific Advisory Board to screen and select grant recipients to fund ground-breaking ideas into the underlying causes and improved treatments for all food allergies.”

The Food Allergy Fund’s Scientific Advisory Board includes immunologists, clinicians, microbiologists, gastroenterologists, and chemical engineers from institutions such as Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Mount Sinai, NYU Langone, Stanford, and Yale and brings a comprehensive perspective on the research. The full list of Board members can be found below and at

To submit a research proposal for the inaugural innovators grant, please submit a two-page letter of intent with a copy of your CV to by December 15, 2018

Please note the following:

  • Proposals will be reviewed by the SAB and scored on the NIH scoring scale (1-9).  Innovation and collaboration (across disciplines and/or institutions) will be prioritized in the scoring process.

  • The top scoring candidates based on the letter of intent and CV will be notified in January 2019 and requested to submit more detailed proposals.

  • Grant recipient(s) indirect costs are capped at 10%.




The Food Allergy Fund is dedicated to funding food allergy research focused on the underlying causes of food allergies and improved treatments for people with food allergies. The Food Allergy Fund enlists celebrity ambassadors, industry partners, and individuals to raise public awareness and to support scientific research.  To learn more, visit


The Scientific Advisory Board

Martin J. Blaser, M.D.

Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine
Director, Human Microbiome Program
New York University School of Medicine

Scott Boyd, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Boyd Lab for Human Immunology
Member, Child Health Research Institute
Member, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research
Associate Professor of Pathology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Linda Herbert, Ph.D.

Director, Psychosocial Clinical Program, Division of Allergy & Immunology
Assistant Professor, Division of Psychology & Behavioral Health
Children's National Health System 

Wayne I. Lencer, M.D. 

Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Boston Children's Hospital
Director, Harvard Digestive Diseases Center
Longwood Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School 

J. Christopher Love, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Associate Member, Broad Institute
Associate Member, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

Rachel L. Miller, M.D.

Director, Asthma Project, Center for Children's Environmental Health
Professor of Medicine (In Pediatrics) and Environmental Health Sciences
Director, Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
Columbia University Medical Center

Noah Wolcott Palm, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Immunobiology
Yale University School of Medicine

Hugh A. Sampson, M.D.

Kurt Hirschhorn Professor of Pediatrics
Director Emeritus, Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
Past President, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Wayne G. Shreffler, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
Director, Food Allergy Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Scott H. Sicherer, M.D.

Director, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Marsha Wills-Karp, Ph.D. 

Co-Chair, Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Chair, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Gary D. Wu, M.D.

Director, Molecular Biology Core
Associate Chief for Research, Division of Gastroenterology
Associate Director, Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease
Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

Media contact: Amy DiElsi