A botanical garden-led drive to digitally catalog all 350,000+ known plant species has been chugging along for a few years. Now two funders fixated on sharing knowledge are bought in for almost $2 million. But is that enough?
Gary Brinson is considered a living legend among investors, and in his retirement mostly gives to education and Chicago institutions. But he has a soft spot for science, backing some pretty specific areas of research.
The recent $50 million gift to establish Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory’s new research center is being called a “transformative” sum that will allow expanded work in quantitative biology. But it didn't happen overnight. The gift is the culmination of years of work the lab has done in the field, as well as ongoing funding from Jim and Marilyn Simons.
The biological products of snakes may hold potential for diabetics. A better understanding of how the placebo effect manifests would make drug development trials far less expensive. These are just two of the topics that earned 48 researchers the latest competitive grants from Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
An unlikely pair of large foundations—one in media innovation, another in health care—threw some serious weight behind a project to advance health care and biology research with a public storage bank of individuals’ genomic, health and personal data.
A mutual fund billionaire whose philanthropy has notably supported two universities recently gave a $3 million grant to team those two schools up against a bacterial species responsible for a gut-wrenching disease.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute is asking the brightest minds in biomedical research to apply for a job. Researchers interested in the coveted HHMI Investigator openings should polish up their resumes and start calling references now—competition for a chunk of $150 million in funding is tough as nails, and that deadline will sneak right up on you.
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.