CIRM was established in November 2004 with the passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act. The statewide ballot measure, which provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell research at California universities and research institutions, was overwhelmingly approved by voters, and called for the establishment of an entity to make grants and provide loans for stem cell research, research facilities, and other vital research opportunities. A list of grants and loans awarded to date may be seen here.


In 1989, Research!America’s founders came together with the realization that there was a vast deficiency in medical research funding – and that such a gap would be detrimental to Americans for years to come. Through their mutual belief in the fundamental importance of medical research, these visionaries formed the Research!America alliance.

American for Cures Foundation

At Americans for Cures Foundation, our mission is to support fellow advocates in the fight for stem cell research and cures. We clarify key issues in breakthrough research. We make sure that our allies get the facts and stay current. For us, science is a light that can dispel the darkness of ignorance and despair.

The Roman Reed Foundation

The Roman Reed Foundation is dedicated to support the research necessary to find a spinal cord injury paralysis cure. This goal is best advanced through a supportive and collaborative approach in the field of spinal cord injury and regenerative medicine.

The Roman Reed Foundation provides funding for pioneering research being conducted by leading universities, scientists & institutions in the quest for development of novel therapies with the ultimate goal of Paralysis Cure!


The International Society for Stem Cell Research is an independent, nonprofit organization established to promote and foster the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells, to encourage the general field of research involving stem cells and to promote professional and public education in all areas of stem cell research and application.


In 2002, Bob Klein was a principal negotiator on a JDRF team that worked successfully to pass a $1.5 billion mandatory federal funding bill for an additional five years of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes supplemental National Institutes of Health research funding.

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Leeza’s Place

Leeza’s Place is “A Place for Family Caregivers”; a community gathering place and resource center committed to providing free support services, resources and programs for family caregivers taking care of a loved one with a memory disorder or any chronic and/or progressive illness.

Stand Up to Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.
SU2C is bringing together the best and the brightest researchers and encouraging collaboration instead of competition among the entire cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort.
This is where the end of cancer begins: when we unite in one movement, unstoppable.

National Institute of Health information for stem cell research

This primer on stem cells is intended for anyone who wishes to learn more about the biological properties of stem cells, the important questions about stem cells that are the focus of scientific research, and the potential use of stem cells in research and in treating disease. The primer includes information about stem cells derived from embryonic and non-embryonic tissues. Much of the information included here is about stem cells derived from human tissues, but some studies of animal-derived stem cells are also described.
The NIH developed this primer to help readers understand the answers to questions such as:

  • What are stem cells?
  • What are the different types of stem cells, and where do they come from?
  • What is the potential for new medical treatments using stem cells?
  • What research is needed to make such treatments a reality?