Catalyst Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: The Catalyst Foundation focuses its science research grants scientific and engineering research.

IP TAKE: This foundation emphasizes doctoral student support in its science research funding.

PROFILE: Cofounder of the OYO Corporation, Dr. Kunio Suyama, established the Catalyst Foundation in 1992 to contribute to the “[d]ecompartmentalization of scientific and engineering research through funding activities to university projects that are cross-disciplinary in nature.” Catalyst awards research project grants to help defray the costs of student support—including the costs of salary, tuition and travel conferences—equipment and miscellaneous expenses, and research supervisor conference travel attendance.

The foundation limits its equipment and miscellaneous expenses grants to $20,000 or less and its travel and conference attendance grants to $2,500 per year for students and $3,000 per year for research supervisors. The duration of each is up to four years. Grantees may request additional funding after the initial grant period ends; however, Catalyst warns that such grants are “[c]onsidered only in exceptional circumstances.” Explore the foundation’s Completed Projects list to learn about the types of research projects Catalyst has funded in the past.

The Catalyst Foundation announces a call for proposals once per year, generally around the second quarter. Applicants invited to apply for a grant must submit their proposals by mid-December. The foundation supports researchers and investigators based in the United States and around the world.

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