Eppley Foundation for Research: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Eppley Foundation for Research invests in research that addresses pure and applied sciences including chemistry, biology, and physics.

IP TAKE: Eppley prefers to support novel research that is unlikely to be in progress elsewhere. Risk-takers and out-of-the-box thinkers may have a bit of funding luck with Eppley.

PROFILE: In 1947, Eppley established the Eppley Foundation for Research to support work toward “increasing knowledge in pure or applied science...in chemistry, physics, and biology through study, research, and publication.” Captain Marion Eppley, a physical chemist with a Ph.D from Princeton, launched the Eppley Lab in Rhode Island after World War I cut off the supplies that were needed for electrical manufacturing instruments. The foundation invests in novel medical investigations, endangered species, and climate change.

Eppley does not back work in the social, education, or computer sciences, nor does it support work that qualifies for what the foundation considers “conventional funding” from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health or other similar organizations.

Grants range from $5.000 to $20,000. Past grantees include the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the New York Botanical Garden. To learn more about the foundation's grantees, explore its past grants lists.

Eppley accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, which should be received by March 15 and September 15. The foundation then invites full proposals, which are due on April 15 and October 15. Eppley rarely awards grants for general operating support. Most grants back specific investigations.


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