Heising-Simons Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: Heising-Simons supports fundamental research, with priority to the physical sciences. Specific areas of grantmaking include astronomy, cosmology, climate change science, and fundamental physics.

IP TAKE: The vast majority of this funder’s science research grants are awarded to academic institutions and scientific research facilities. Smaller outfits will likely have a difficult time gaining Heising-Simons’ attention.

PROFILE: Based in Los Altos, California, the Heising-Simons Foundation was founded in 2007 to advance sustainable climate and clean energy solutions, enhance innovative scientific research, foster quality educations for young students, and fight for the rights of all people.

In the science research space, Heising-Simons focuses its support on fundamental research, giving priority to the physical sciences. The foundation says its three-part funding approach involves “enabling basic scientific research, connecting key stakeholders, and communicating scientific results.” Specific areas of grantmaking programs include Astronomy & Cosmology, Climate Change Science, and Fundamental Physics.  

The majority of Heising-Simons’ science research grants are substantial, typically coming in at the $100,000 to $500,000 range. The foundation makes a handful of larger awards of $1 million to $2.5 million, as well. Those grants tend to go to highly regarded academic institutions and scientific research facilities such as Yale University and the California Association for Research in Astronomy.

To get a broader sense of the organizations and work that Heising-Simons supports, explore its searchable grants database.

Heising-Simons does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, proposals or requests for funding.


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