Four research teams are sharing $10.8 million from RWJF and a pool of Deepwater Horizon settlement money to explore complex factors that make up community resilience in the Gulf Coast region.
Heavy hitters like Gates and Wellcome Trust are demanding that grantees publicly disclose the results of all clinical trials within 12 months. Till Bruckner of Transparify explains what's at stake.
Artificial intelligence has emerged as a hot issue in philanthropy, with an eye on keeping the rapidly expanding technology in check. Here's where a new fund is sending its grant money.
Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill approaches science funding by supporting emerging fields and scientific solutions to problems. Here's what this big-league giver has been up to lately.
The Microsoft billionaire is giving tens of millions of dollars to support "out-of-the-box approaches at the very edges of knowledge." What does that look like in practice, exactly?
What some chemists might not realize is that all of this funder's power is contained within the state of Texas. Underwriting basic research at universities is a top priority.
Rita Allen's grants are intended to free up young scientists at the earliest stages of their careers to take the risk of traveling down unknown paths of inquiry. Here's the logic of that strategy.
The Lemelson-MIT Prize is as much about making an impact as it is about invention. The latest winner not only made some mind-boggling imaging devices, he’s also helping other inventors make a difference.
Elon Musk notably sounded the alarm about AI being potentially catastrophic. As concern grows, Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna’s funding initiative is fully on board with a $5.5 million grant.
As Star Trek celebrates its 50th birthday, we take a look at the philanthropy of creator Gene Roddenberry’s family, including a new prize with a total of $1 million in annual awards.
RCSA pulls together groups of early career scientists to put their heads together around important topics, then cuts checks for the multidisciplinary, potentially groundbreaking projects that emerge.
Simons’ Math+X investigator program is all about collaboration between high-level mathematics and other fields. The 2016 awardee’s ideas have impacted photo sharing, spotting phony art, even fossil hunting.
The hunt for subatomic particles can require massive facilities. But $3 million in funding from two foundations will back a lab-sized, highly sensitive instrument to explore secrets of matter and antimatter.
Funders have been some of the biggest champions of making publication of research faster and more accessible. The latest push supports “preprinting” life sciences research ahead of journal publication.
When public funding cuts escalated in 2012, major foundations formed the Science Philanthropy Alliance to up their game. President Marc Kastner tells us what they’ve learned since about private funding’s role in research.
The Merage family has a bundle of foundations and philanthropic interests, including Jewish causes, arts, and education. But one of its members has homed in on storm tracking and the study of severe weather.
The Gruber Prizes aren’t the highest-profile philanthropic awards for research, but are quite prestigious nonetheless, and $500,000 a pop is serious cash.
Sky-high subscription fees, inflated prestige, and cumbersome review are frequent complaints about research publications. Funders are bankrolling a competing, open access journal. How's that going?