How This Gift for Materials Research Could Help Build the Future

The next breakthroughs in consumer electronics, biotechnology, and even sustainable energy often begin with new materials. The hunt for the compounds that will make the next solar panel or iPhone is advancing along with computing power, and one University at Buffalo alum wants to help his alma mater speed things up. 

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$25M to UW-Madison is Latest From Big Engineering Benefactor

Midwestern billionaire David W. Grainger just made the second huge donation to an engineering school in recent years, committing $25 million to University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish an interdisciplinary research center. The latest gift follows a $100 million grant in 2013. 

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The Former Tech Attorney Funding Data Crunching at Dartmouth

A philanthropist and longtime attorney for Microsoft gave $10 million to amp up Dartmouth College’s computer science program, specifically to apply complex computing and data to other fields like neuroscience, the environment, and even social sciences and humanities. Chalk another one up for big data. 

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The Wall Street Donor Behind Harvard’s Human Behavior Gift

Why we do what we do is the focus of a new research initiative at Harvard, Foundation of Human Behavior. And it just landed prominent backers in alumni Bill and Karen Ackman, who's interest in this research is linked to their foundation's focus on alleviating poverty.

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Does a Monster Challenge Grant Skew Research Priorities?

It’s hard to imagine a potential windfall of half a billion dollars from a donor like Phil Knight could be a problem for a research institution. But Oregon Health Sciences University is facing animosity among faculty over concerns that chasing funding is undermining its mission of basic science and education. More money, more problems.

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The Hedge Fund Wizard Betting Big on Big Data Research

Jaffray Woodriff knows a thing or two about data. The investment whiz based in Charlottesville, Virginia, used his homegrown predictive models of investment data to build a $4 billion-plus managed futures firm. Paying tribute to his golden goose, the investor just made a $10 million gift to advance the emerging field of data science.

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$540M for Cancer Research: Where it Came From and Where it’s Going

The latest $540 million gift from one billionaire’s estate has brought the trust’s total philanthropy for cancer research to $2.5 billion. One of the largest single contributions to fighting the disease, funds will yield unrestricted, ongoing support for six of the nation’s top research universities—each with its own focus for preventing and treating cancer—at a time when many are struggling to maintain their funding.

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Who Needs a Foundation? Sanford's Latest Huge Check is $100M for Stem Cell Research

A $100 million grant to UC San Diego to establish a stem cell research center is the latest in a long line of gifts resulting from T. Denny Sanford’s ongoing mission to die broke. The gift, announced earlier this month, will establish the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center, which will no doubt cement University of California San Diego’s already enviable position as a leader in the field.

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