Gatsby Charitable Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: Gatsby’s science research funding focuses on plant sciences. According to the foundation, a strong understanding of plant biology and ecology hold the keys to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

IP TAKE: This isn’t the most approachable science research funder out there. The best bet for grantseekers is to contact foundation staff and make an introduction. It's a worthwhile call: If Gatsby staff feel a grantseeker's work is a good fit for one of the other Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust organizations, they will pass that information on.

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 backs plant science, which has been a grantmaking priority since the 1980s.

According to the foundation, answers to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as population growth and climate change, “can only be met in the context of a strong fundamental understanding of plant biology and ecology.”

Gatsby awards grants for Ph.D. study, has a small grant program to support “exceptional research projects in plant science.” Through its core funding to the Two Blades Foundation, it backs agricultural research in developing countries.

Though the foundation does award the occasional grant 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 neuroscience grantmaking.


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