The Foundation honors Prof. Dr. med. Henner Graeff, who was Chairman and Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Frauenklinik) at the Technische Universität München (TUM) from 1982 to 2000. Prof. Dr. Graeff promoted close collaborations between basic researchers and physician-scientists, which was even further promoted and strengthened by the establishment of a Clinical Research Unit within this department.

The HENNER GRAEFF Foundation is an incorporated public foundation that exclusively pursues non-profit goals by promoting the advancement of basic sciences and clinical research, especially in tumor biology and oncology.