Supporting Research, Innovation, and Education in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


The Portes Foundation dates back seventy years. As a grant making foundation The Portes Foundation remains true to its origins by making grants for medical research and education in the areas of health maintenance and disease prevention. In particular, our focus is on enabling investigators to launch new and promising lines of research. Through the Foundation's association with the Institute of Medicine Chicago which helps to assure quality, dispassionate evaluation and smooth oversight, the Foundation is able to devote substantially all of its annual revenue to grant making.


Letters of Intent Due August 1, 2020

The Portes Foundation, in association with The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC), is soliciting letters of intent for research projects in health promotion and disease prevention.  Letters of Intent are due August 1, 2020.
Research Proposals
We invite proposals that explore research or implementation ideas important in health promotion and disease prevention. These projects may be investigative in etiologic factors, preventive measures, primary and secondary prevention screening, and education. Projects in patient education or health professionals' education will also be considered. All projects must include a complete and thorough evaluation component.
For details on submitting a Letter of Intent, please see "Apply for Awards".




The Portes Foundation supports the work of researchers, educators, and clinicians from academic centers such as medical schools, nursing schools, allied health programs, institutes that do work in health care delivery, research and development, and special interest groups within specialty societies as well as other organizations and individuals from group practice settings with an interest in health maintenance and disease prevention.

Those interested in applying for an award, please click here +



Click on the years below to view previously funded projects.

  • Samuel Dorevitch, MD, MPH,  UIC School of Public Health: Hundreds of millions of children die or suffer from malnutrition in low-income, rural areas of the world as a result of insufficient quantities of safe drinking water.  A new solar-powered method of treating drinking water worked well in laboratory tests conducted in Kenya.  The proposed study is the first to evaluate whether the solar-powered water treatment system shows promise as a way of preventing diarrhea in children.

  • Kiran Joshi, M.D., Cook County Department of Public Health and CBS Television: An Education and Outreach Initiative the Promotes Emergency Preparedness, a Preventive Measure, via Television, Digital, Email, and Grassroots Onsite Activities
  • Kalman J. Kaplan, Ph.D., UIC College of Medicine: Identifying Longitudinal Psychiatric Risk Factors for Suicide and Suicide Prevention
  • Joseph Zander, Ph.D., Advocate Healthcare: Cost effectiveness of Psychologists in Integrated Care: Assessing the Value Added by Integrating Psychological Services into Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD and Laurin Mack, PhD - Rush University Medical Center."Assess the needs of key stakeholders for a web-based instrument for screening and monitoring of behaviorally and mediated disorders in primary care that accommodates patients with sensory and motor impairments as well as technological naivete."
  • Noel Rao, MD - Marioanjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. "The Effectiveness of an Online Course Fro the Interpretation of the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Exam of the Swallow."

  • Ena Mahapatra, MD, MS - John H. Stroger, Jr Cook County Hospital to "Describe and test IT innovations for the development and maintenance of a colon cancer screening registry to identify and reach out to patients due for preventive services."
  • Dr. Lawrence C. Vogel - Shriners Hospitals for Children, to "Implement a low-cost, interactive, public educational event on 20 college or university campuses in the Chicagoland area to combat America's distracted driving epidemic by increasing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and facilitating education and advocacy efforts aimed at changing behaviors and making our roads safer."
  • Michael Robert Kozlowski, OD, PhD. - Midwestern University / Arizona College of Optometry "to evaluate the therapeutic potential of telomerase-activating (TA) agents for treating dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).”

      • Community Health Worker Research and Evaluation. Sinai Urban Health Institute.
      • Community Engagement and Medical School Student Education for Child Health Promotion. Southern Illinois University.


Read more about our funded projects here +


The Portes Foundation is part of a cooperative effort among a group of healthcare foundations and institutions whose purpose is achieving synergies, expansion of individual foundation programs, and the development of new joint programs in healthcare.

Member organizations include:

Hektoen Institute


Institute of Medicine of Chicago

Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation

Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

The Portes Foundation



Phone: (847) 564-9624
Email: info(at)

Address: 3 The Court of Harbinger Falls
Northbrook, IL 60062

If you would like to join us to help support research, innovation, and education in health promotion and disease prevention, send us a message or give us a call.