Looking back at the year in science philanthropy, there were a lot of big stories, but none as pervasive as the influx of cash going to work that leverages large amounts of data. We look at the highlights.
Since last year, the Moore Foundation has been at the forefront of large funders supporting advances in data science. Its latest burst of funding goes to 14 researchers, with an emphasis on open source approaches.
Remember that kid on the block who always had the coolest toys the day they came out? Well, when it comes to imaging tools in life science research, having those toys can make or break new discoveries. Two of the field’s leading funders are inviting you over to play.
Data science is scorching hot right now, in headlines, board rooms, university plans, and yes, philanthropy. At least five schools have scored multi-million-dollar grants for data science initiatives just in the past year. Here’s where the funding is going.
The New York Times ran a lengthy feature over the weekend about the growth of private philanthropy in basic science research, both how it's picking up the slack for government cuts and the consequences of relying on philanthropists instead of public funds. We've rounded up the key points and our own resources about some of the main funders discussed.
By most accounts, the patent system is a disaster. A murky and litigious chess game of corporations secretly jockeying and hoarding to control intellectual property from science and tech research. A mostly unknown Australian project seeks to change that game, and big funders like Gates and Moore are on board.
The approval process for construction of one of the world’s most powerful telescopes — with the backing of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation — is on the home stretch after plans earned the blessing this week of the Hawaiian Board of Land and Natural Resources.
Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation granted $757,876 to University of California's School of Earth & Marine Science this month to support the Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (JFAST). JFAST is the world's "first ever underwater earthquake 'observatory.'" They drilled at the site of the "Tohoku megathrust earthquake," which occurred in March of 2011 and produced the tsunami that devastated Japan.