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Although the mission of the Science Philanthropy Alliance is to increase private funding for basic science, during the COVID-19 pandemic we are working to provide resources and make more funding opportunities available for our network.

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External Advisors
Who We AreExternal Science Advisors The Alliance’s esteemed external science advisors lend their expertise to philanthropists investing in discovery science. As accomplished researchers and leaders of distinguished institutions, they bring a wealth of experience with firsthand knowledge of how great research is done and how philanthropists can support it. Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor…
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Although our expertise is in basic science, to address the COVID-19 pandemic we are posting all opportunities that may be relevant to our members. Not all of these opportunities are vetted. If you would like additional vetting on basic science projects, please inform us and we will work with our senior science advisors and…

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Reading Genomes: The Key to Life and to Thwarting Death

Like humans, viruses have genomes: biological instructions that mold their structure, function, and reproduction. The ability to sequence a genome—to “read” the hereditary code inscribed in cells or viral particles—is one of the triumphs of modern science. In the latest installment of the COVID-19 discovery science Prequels, Jennifer Welsh traces the history of this lifesaving breakthrough…

Exponentially Important: The Scientific Origins of PCR

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology—a way to copy fragments of DNA until they’re numerous enough to identify—is considered the gold standard of COVID-19 testing. In the latest installment of the COVID-19 discovery science Prequels, writer Wendy Kagan retraces the decades of basic research that made this scientific turning point possible.

Government-funded Research Increasingly Fuels Innovation [via Science]

A first-of-its-kind study shows that cuts in federal funding for science might hinder the economy by halting innovation. The study, recently published in Science, examines how patented inventions rely on federally-funded science. Nearly a third of all the patents in the US rely on federal research—a percentage that has grown substantially over the past 90 years.…

The Pleasure and Necessity of Finding Things Out [via Simons Foundation]

John Pavlus' 2015 essay on why the reasons for doing basic research go well beyond the creation of new applications and technologies is still very relevant today. "...work that seems idle one day can become crucial the next — and until scientists discover a working crystal ball, society will never be able to make the distinction…

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