Why are These Science Funders Interested in Something That Happened Two Billion Years Ago?

Why are These Science Funders Interested in Something That Happened Two Billion Years Ago?

Two funders that focus on basic science are set to delve into life's distant evolutionary past. In the process, they may also shed light on ecological, biological and health issues that are increasingly pressing today.

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How a Major Research Funder Decided to Wrap Up its Longest-Running Science Initiative

How a Major Research Funder Decided to Wrap Up its Longest-Running Science Initiative

Having funded marine microbiology since 2004, the Moore Foundation has announced it will wrap up its initiative in 2021. We talked to program director Jon Kaye about the initiative’s impact, how it decided to move on, and what’s next.

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Medicine's Blind Spot: A Foundation Takes on Diagnostic Error

Medicine's Blind Spot: A Foundation Takes on Diagnostic Error

Diagnostic errors are the most common cause of medical errors, causing an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 deaths per year. But there is little funding for research on this problem. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is looking to change that.

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What a Top Science Funder is Learning From Its Deep Dive Into a Risky Area

What a Top Science Funder is Learning From Its Deep Dive Into a Risky Area

A key strength of philanthropy is that it can play the long game, taking risks in a quest for transformative change. A great example is the Moore Foundation’s huge investment in the study of quantum materials. How’s that effort going?

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A Foundation Looks to Better Understand How Plastic Is Polluting the Seas

A Foundation Looks to Better Understand How Plastic Is Polluting the Seas

A global marine conservation funder, the Moore Foundation also has an interest in the environmental struggles of its home, the Bay Area. It’s backing an extensive study of plastic pollution flowing into its waters.

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