The OCRFA Partners in Science Program enables donors to select and sponsor OCRFA-funded scientists based on criteria such as geographic location, specific institution, or area of study. Sponsored researchers are selected by the donor after members of the OCRFA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) have conducted a peer-review of all the submitted applications and have recommend the top grants for funding to the Board of Directors, who in turn vote on the grants for final approval. The program enables the donor to select from the most promising, cutting-edge proposals in ovarian cancer research, while having OCRFA program staff oversee the mechanics of the entire grantmaking process. The minimum financial contribution for participation in Partners in Science is $20,000.

To learn more about becoming an OCRFA Partner in Science, or about specific naming opportunities, please contact Jon Zeidman, Vice President, Development, at 212-268-1002 or

How are Partners in Science Selected?

Working in conjunction with OCRFA staff, the donor may review grantees for selection, based on specific criteria. The donor may elect to review the researcher’s documents such as summary of the projects, abstracts, or the submitted proposals. If the grantee has been previously funded, the donor may also review prior work and progress reports. Depending on the sponsored amount, a donor may select any combination of investigators to sponsor, or may sponsor a portion of an investigator’s project. The information provided for selection can be as detailed or as simplified as the donor chooses.

What Types of Grants Can be Selected for Partnerships?

Funding may cover the following types of grants (a combination of multiple grants, or a portion of one grant):

What Types of Materials Can a Partner in Science Donor Expect to Receive?

Once grantees have been selected for sponsorship, the donor and the grantee/s are sent letters confirming the partnership. The donor’s support will always be acknowledged by OCRFA and the researcher as appropriate (e.g. “This grant was made possible through the support of Mary and John Brown” or “This grant was made possible in part through the support of Mary and John Brown.”) OCRFA Partners in Science donors then receive copies and lay summaries of the grantee’s annual progress, as well as a copy of the final report (also with a lay summary). Copies of any publications generated by the grantee will also be included in these reports.

OCRFA encourages interaction between the donor and researcher, and if feasible, will facilitate a tour of the grantee’s lab. Additionally, the grantee is asked to write to the donor, as it is hoped this initial contact will result in on-going communication between the sponsor and recipient/s.

Who Sponsors Partners in Science?

Partners in Science donors may be, but are not limited to, the following: individuals; private family foundations; local, state or national organizations; sponsored events or a group of friends and/or relatives supporting research on behalf of a loved one. OCRFA staff will work with the donor or group of donors to select researchers based on specified interests.