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Bulgari Corp.’s gift creates Rockefeller U’s Women & Science Fund to Accelerate COVID-19 Research

By David Schwartz
Published: September 15th, 2020

The Bulgari Corporation of America has made a major gift to The Rockefeller University that will be used to create the Bulgari Women & Science Fund to Accelerate COVID-19 Research. Over the next three years, the fund will help fund the university’s wide-ranging research initiatives aimed at alleviating the COVID-19 pandemic, while also supporting women scientists at the school.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, at least 25 Rockefeller labs have pivoted to studying the novel coronavirus, and those efforts currently involve more than 75 women scientists who will be supported by the Bulgari gift.

The Rockefeller gift is part of Bulgari’s Virus Free Fund, created to support leading institutions pursuing innovative research into the cure and remission of different types of viruses. As part of its gift allocation, Rockefeller will establish nine Bulgari Women & Science Fellowships in COVID-19 for women graduate students and postdocs. It will also support development of new coronavirus therapeutics and prevention efforts.

“Bulgari’s visionary generosity is not only helping Rockefeller address the global health crisis we are now facing, but it is also providing the foundation for future discoveries by generations of world-class women scientists,” said Rockefeller President Richard P. Lifton.

For more than two decades, Rockefeller’s Women & Science program has been instrumental in recruiting women faculty to the university and has funded more than 240 fellowships for women. The program has served as a blueprint for similar efforts at many other scientific institutions.

Source: The Rockefeller University

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