About: IOCD Founders Fund
Dr. Pierre Crabbé
IOCD Founder and
Executive Director (1981-87)
Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg
IOCD President (1981-1992)
Dr. Elkan R. Blout
IOCD Vice President & Treasurer
The IOCD Founders Fund commemorates the pioneering work of three scientists who were founders of IOCD: Pierre Crabbé, the
first Executive Director; Glenn Seaborg, the first President; and Elkan Blout, the first Vice President and Treasurer.
With resources of the Founders Fund, IOCD finances capacity-building with promising early-career scientists of low- and middle-
income countries, especially by helping them network with distinguished specialists in the US and Europe to set up research
collaborations with them or to obtain training opportunities in their laboratories.
Founders Fund Travel Grants
To date, IOCD has drawn on the Founders Fund to award travel grants to 40 early-career scientists, including
post-doctoral researchers, from developing countries such as Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, India, Nigeria, and
Sudan, for their participation in international congresses and conferences sponsored by IOCD and
collaborating institutions in the US and Europe. Participation in such meetings has enabled the early-career
scientists to network with internationally distinguished scientists, thereby acquiring new ideas and
cultivating relationships that can translate into working visits and on-going collaborations.
The Founders Fund: An Ongoing IOCD Mission
Initially, funds in the IOCD Founders Fund came from a grant to IOCD from the Aventis Foundation, but IOCD
now seeks to expand the resources of the Founders Fund with the support of other foundations and donor
agencies, both public and private.
How You Can Help
For further information about how to contribute to the Founders Fund, contact IOCD's Executive Director,
Prof. Alain Krief.