Pershing Square Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Pershing Square Foundation supports science research organizations in the United States and around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder aims to help its grantees leverage their additional resources and grow to become catalytic and sustainable organizations.

PROFILE: Bill and Karen Ackman founded the Pershing Square Foundation (PSF) in 2006 “[t]o support exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact across the globe.” Bill Ackman is the CEO and founder of Pershing Square Capital Management and Karen Ackman graduated from Vassar College and received her master’s degree from Harvard in landscape architecture. Karen has devoted her career to public landscape architecture as a designer Central Park Conservancy. PSFs grantmaking programs include Arts & Urban Development, Economic Opportunity & Development, Education, Health & Life Sciences and Social Justice.

The foundation conducts science research grants through its Health & Life Sciences portfolio. Pershing Square does not name specific disciplines within health and life sciences on which it focuses its grantmaking. It awards grants to support a broad range of research. For example, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is a past grantee, having received support for its work using genomics to further our understanding of human diseases, as is Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which received funding for its research and education programs involving molecular biology and genetics. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations PSF supports, explore its Health & Life Sciences portfolio.

PSF grant amounts range anywhere from $5,000 to $5 million; however, most grants fall in the $50,000 to $500,000 range.

The Pershing Square Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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