It's starting to feel like there's a new high-dollar competition launched every week, and the explosion has inspired a fair amount of backlash. Have we hit peak prize? What's so bad, or good, about a little competition?
Uber is in a race against Google to create market-ready, self-driving cars, cutting checks and creating a contentious academic partnership along the way. Will it mean a windfall or a buyout for research schools?
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?
Wait, there’s yet another seven-figure science prize? Well, actually this one has been around for a while, but Google just boosted the Turing’s annual cash award to $1 million. Why another prize?
Google funds more than 200 academic research projects a year in computer science, engineering, and related fields. Always looking for the leading edge, the company just added three new, red hot areas of interest.
Google is well known for its mission to organize the world’s information, as well as side projects like, say, funding private lunar missions. But its latest million-dollar competition and grantmaking program targets an obscure-but-crucial component in energy use. What are they up to?
Who knew that in between bankrolling the right wing and opening casinos in Asia, Sheldon Adelson would have an interest in space travel? He and wife Miriam’s family foundation gave $16.4 million to an Israeli engineering team trying to send a spacecraft to the moon.
Most philanthropists ask scientists to submit their research proposals in hopes of getting ahold of a pot of funding. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is taking a different approach. He and his wife, Wendy, want to hear your pitch for how you'd use a different kind of resource — the 83-meter former fishery protection vessel they have retrofitted with state-of-the-art ocean research capabilities.