The Lasker Awards celebrate research achievements, but also service and advocacy in the scientific community. The latest example is Joan Argetsinger Steitz, a renowned researcher of RNA, and an advocate for gender equality in the sciences.
The Keck Foundation is known for giving to transformative science and undergraduate research and education. In its latest round of giving, one Oregon school will set up a lab for undergrads to study smart grid technology.
The foundation has pledged $10 million to Stanford Medicine for the training of graduate students in the biomedical sciences, increasing the pipeline of talented young researchers who might otherwise struggle.
The Heising-Simons Foundation has emerged as a leader in supporting women in physics and astronomy. A program it’s backing at MIT is funding young researchers, including coaching them on landing more funding.
The Hertz Foundation has been awarding fellowships to STEM postdoctoral students for more than 60 years. A new program is sending students in diverse scientific fields to work in health and development at the Gates Foundation.
The Science Philanthropy Alliance released its third survey on private funding for basic science. Overall numbers are steady, and funding continues to be highly concentrated.
It takes extensive training and the right personality to both treat patients and conduct scientific research. There’s been growing concern about the dwindling supply of physicians who do both. This foundation is on the case.
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are still on the margins, but interest is surging, with some people getting very rich in the frenzy. One company in the space is giving big to campus researchers.
HHMI’s Investigator program—already legendary for its flexible, long-term streams of funding—has now outdone itself, bumping up the period that it supports researchers to seven years. What’s behind this move?
The Kavli Foundation is best known for its high-stakes science prizes and endowed research institutes. A new program is extending its work convening researchers by funding “Dream Teams” to explore early-stage concepts.
Since 2000, the Kavli Foundation has been a relatively small funder with a big footprint in the science research world. Since the passing of its founder, and the tripling of its assets that followed, Kavli’s ramping up.
Never mind that backlash to technology’s impact on society, including skepticism of its ability to solve tough problems. Eric Schmidt’s philanthropic game plan is focused on the good that science and tech can do.
The Open Philanthropy Project is now moving $100 million in grants a year, so it's a big deal that its research funding has finally been getting up to speed after a long gestation. Here's a peek.
For the past few years, the Autism Science Foundation has been running a program to fund undergraduate scientists. It's virtually alone in targeting research dollars at this level. What's its thinking?
Data science is a draw for funders looking to unlock new research tools or just to give a school a boost in a hot topic. The latest gift brings together schools from the Bay Area and Israel, from a funder backing both regions.
Known for its support of cognitive research, the James S. McDonnell Foundation became frustrated by how little of what it learned ended up in classrooms. Here's what it did next.
While a number of philanthropists have fixated on the dangers of AI, Paul Allen is focused on its potential and just gave another $125 million for research. What's he thinking?
The Vilcek Prizes stand out by rewarding individuals for contributions in arts and sciences, but there’s an underlying celebration of cultural exchange and immigration. This year’s recipients drive that message home.
One thing science funders love is the creation of new tools. Sometimes that means paying for a massive telescope, sometimes it’s a creating tiny machines.
Len Blavatnik’s been making headlines, both for his philanthropy and his political connections. He continues to be a donor to watch, with an expanding suite of science research prizes and grants.
CZI is a science funder with some unique attributes that resemble a tech company. It's now teaming up with UMass to build an AI-powered tool that will help researchers analyze published findings.
The Open Philanthropy Project has been feeling out different approaches for its nascent science program. One interesting RFP sent $11 million to a handful of applicants the NIH had to turn away.
Food companies have a history of using funding research that minimizes the health risks of their products. They're still doing it—in developing countries where obesity is rising fast.
Sloan just extended its funding for a massive survey of the sky with a $16 million grant. It's an example of science philanthropy backing partnerships that can have outsized impacts.
Boston College is known mainly for its enviable liberal arts education, but it’s been building up an emphasis on science and technology. A $25 million gift helps the school follow this higher ed trend.
Backstopped by a $13 billion Google fortune, Wendy and Eric Schmidt have long funded marine research and environmental causes. A new fellowship for interdisciplinary science is taking things in a fresh direction.
Philanthropy’s no replacement for crucial government science funding, but that message can get lost amid the high-profile gifts. Some science funders are now backing a push to protect federal funding.
The Lasker Foundation has advocacy for medical research funding in its DNA, but the grantmaker has been particularly active lately in rallying support for larger research budgets.
This environment experiment is a unique example of a passion project shepherded into existence by a private donor. It's also producing some useful research findings, which is why the donor is sticking with it.
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?