MakingResearchRelevant&Ready


University of Rochester Medical Center’s researcher Yue Li, PhD is working with The Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency to reduce avoidable transfers from nursing home to hospitals. Read more

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are not exempt from the changing financial models that are affecting our health care system today. Jennifer Gaudet-Hefele is studying how different types of payers may impact the quality of care provided for the residents in these settings.Read more

Konstantine Drakonakis is an example of the individuals with diverse skills tapped by Donaghue to provide guidance on its R3 – Making Research Relevant & Ready – grant program.Read more

I love my job and feel that being a Donaghue trustee is a great honor. If she were alive today, I hope my boss would say her trust had been well placed.Read more


Learn about Donaghue

The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation provides grants for medical research of practical benefit. It focuses on initiatives to strengthen research on health issues, promote research leadership, and put new knowledge to work for public benefit. The Donaghue Foundation was established in 1991 by the will of Ethel Donaghue in memory of her parents. Learn more

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See important dates in medical science and health care, the lives of the Donaghue family, and the Donaghue Foundation. See Timeline

Research & Programs

Donaghue provides grants for rigorous medical and health-related research that promotes knowledge of practical benefit through its own programs and through several collaborative funding partnerships. Read More

What's New at Donaghue

Greater Value Portfolio Now Open

The Donaghue Foundation announces its 2016 Greater Value Portfolio grant program that will fund research projects for the purpose of creating new approaches to achieving a higher value healthcare system. The goal of this program is to test new approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the healthcare they provide to their patients and communities.

For more information, please click here to view the full grant announcement and detailed letter of intent instructions.


New Donaghue Videos

Donaghue commissioned Karyl Evans Productions to produce two short videos on two of our current grant programs . The programs featured are R3 – Making Research Relevant & Ready and Another Look – Better Health for Elders in Care Facilities. The purpose of the videos is to have a new way to communicate Donaghue’s mission and values through a brief description of research projects recently funded.
Click here to view the new videos!

Practically Speaking Newsletter – Winter 2016 Edition

The Winter 2016 Issue of the Donaghue Foundation’s newsletter Practically Speaking is now available. The issue features the 2015 Greater Value Portfolio Awardees and Another Look Awardees as well as stories on the Connecticut Choosing Wisely® Collaborative, Linking Evidence and Practice Portfolio, the Trustees Letter, and more.

The Practically Speaking newsletter is published three times a year. You can find past issues here.