Gatsby Charitable Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: Gatsby’s science research funding prioritizes neuroscience and plant sciences.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers are advised to contact foundation staff and introduce their organizations. If staff feels a grantseeker's work is a good fit for one of the other Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust organizations, they will pass on that information.

PROFILE: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is just one of the 17 nonprofits of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Each foundation is a separate legal entity. Based in the United Kingdom, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation was established in 1967 by David Sainsbury and focuses on a diverse set of priorities. In scientific research, the foundation invests in plant science and neuroscience research.

In Plant Science Research, the foundation offers three grantmaking programs. The first, Grants to Exceptional Researchers, funds up to £35K “for pump priming, for bridging funds, for purchasing a key piece of equipment, or for developing community resources.” The next, Gatsby awards grants for Ph.D. study, has a small grant program to support “exceptional research projects in plant science.” Finally, through its core funding to the Two Blades Foundation, the foundation backs agricultural research in developing countries.

Gatsby’s priorities in neuroscience include Centres for Excellence, Circuits and Behaviour, Theoretical Neuroscience, Basic Research, and Multidisciplinary Consortia. The overall goal of Gatsby’s neuroscience grantmaking is to “support world-class research” in its priority areas and to fund “activities that enhance our understanding in these fields.” Gatsby grants are most often awarded to medical research institutions and major universities around the world. Past neuroscience recipients include the Salk Institute, the University of Oxford, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Though the foundation occassionally awards grants of over $500,000, most are $100,000 to $300,000. To learn more about Gatsby grantees, explore its annual reports.

The Gatsby Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. However, it’s open to new relationships with organizations that share its mission and goals. The foundation does not apply geographic restrictions to its grantmaking.