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.