Heising-Simons Foundation: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: Heising-Simons supports fundamental research, prioritizing 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 attracting Heising-Simons’ attention.

PROFILE: Based in Los Altos, California, the Heising-Simons Foundation was founded in 2007 by Mark Heising and Liz Simons 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 science research, Heising-Simons prioritizes fundamental research, with an emphasis on the physical sciences. The foundation’s 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 ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. The foundation makes a handful of larger awards of $1 million to $2.5 million, as well. Those grants primarily 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.