• Science Philanthropy Engagement with Minority-Serving Institutions: The Why, How, and What

    Alignment of Science Philanthropy with Minority-Serving Institutions While there are as many motivations to support scientific research as there are […]

  • Philanthropy continues to impact basic science research

    A recent article published by Physics Today addresses the growing trend of philanthropy as a primary funding tool for basic […]

  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation award $1.25M grants to experimental physicists

    Sixteen researchers from 14 universities across the U.S. have been named as the first cohort of experimental physicists to receive […]

  • Schmidt Futures to fund $148M AI research initiative

    Schmidt Futures, a Science Philanthropy Alliance benefactor, have launched a $148 million initiative that will fund post-doctoral research in artificial […]

  • Podcast highlights importance of environmental philanthropy

    On the most recent episode of Resources Radio podcast, Evan Michelson, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, spoke […]

  • Alliance President France A. Córdova speaks at Science Summit at UNGA

    Science Philanthropy Alliance President France A. Córdova recently served as a keynote speaker at the Science Summit at United Nations […]

  • Dana Foundation Awards Planning Grants to 11 Universities

    The Dana Foundation, a Science Philanthropy Alliance member, today announced the recipients of the Dana Centers for Neuroscience and Society […]

  • Leon Levy Foundation Names New President, Other Leadership Roles

    The Leon Levy Foundation today announced new leadership. Meredith Ross, former program director for the foundation, has been name president. […]

  • Lyda Hill awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

    Alliance member Lyda Hill will be honored with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, which recognizes innovative philanthropists for their contributions […]

  • Science Philanthropy Spotlight: Envisioning a Single-Shot Cure for HIV

    One of Science’s Biggest Challenges In the early 1980s, scientists raced to discover the cause of a mysterious disease that […]

  • Six Questions for Heather Templeton Dill, President of the John Templeton Foundation

    In a recent interview with Paul Karon of Inside Philanthropy, Heather Templeton Dill, president of the John Templeton Foundation, discussed […]

  • Study: Philanthropy May Play an Even Bigger Role in Science Funding Than We Thought

    A new study out of Northeastern University found that nearly $30 billion a year in philanthropic science funding supporting smaller-scale […]

  • Keck commits $1 million to Weill Cornell atomic microscopy project

    Weill Cornell Medicine has announced a three-year, $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund development of a next-generation high-speed […]

  • Introducing the Alliance’s new strategic plan

    I’m pleased to share the Alliance’s new strategic plan, which marks the culmination of a year of dedicated effort by […]

  • The Country’s Oldest Science Philanthropy Plays the Long Game by Supporting Young Scientists

    David Linzer, president of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) and an Alliance board member, recently spoke with Inside […]

  • Rita Allen Foundation announces 2022 cohort of scholars

    The Rita Allen Foundation has named its 2022 class of Rita Allen Foundation Scholars. Five early-career leaders in the biomedical sciences […]

  • Schmidt Futures announces 2022 science fellows

    Eric and Wendy Schmidt announced the 2022 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows. The 29 new Fellows are a group of […]

  • Alliance Hosts One Health/One Planet Symposium

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance recently partnered with the Aspen Institute’s Science and Society Program and the publication Leaps.org to publish […]

  • Brown Science Foundation Announces Four 2022 Recipients in Chemistry and Physics

    The Brown Science Foundation today announced four recipients of the annual Brown Investigator Award. The award, which recognizes curiosity-driven basic […]

  • One Health/One Planet: Exploring the Intersection of Climate Change and Infectious Disease

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance recently partnered with the Aspen Institute’s Science and Society Program and the publication Leaps.org to publish […]

  • Theoretical physicist Dr. Frank Wilczek wins 2022 Templeton Prize

    The Templeton Prize, which is administered by Alliance member the John Templeton Foundation, today announced Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Dr. […]

  • More than the Sum of its Parts: The Many Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships

    Emblazoned across a wall at one Alliance member’s headquarters is the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go […]

  • France Córdova: New Goals for Science Philanthropy

    In an editorial for Science, Alliance President France Córdova explains how “foundation leaders are taking bolder actions” to increase equity […]

  • France Córdova Talks with Research!America About Her Career and Philanthropy’s Role in Research

    Alliance President France A. Córdova was recently recognized by Research!America with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award. In […]

  • Celebrating a Banner Year for Science Philanthropy

    The following note from Board Chair Harvey Fineberg appeared in the Alliance’s 2021 annual report, which recaps a banner year […]

  • Women as Agents of Change in Science

    To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Packard Foundation’s Xiao-Wei Wang and Natalie Lake asked […]

  • Sloan Foundation Invests $5M in Minority-Serving Institutions

    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced 20 grants totaling nearly $5 million aimed at empowering innovative, systemic change-focused partnerships between […]

  • Welcoming Thomas R. Cech as an Alliance Senior Science Advisor

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance is thrilled to welcome its newest senior science advisor, Thomas R. Cech. Cech is a distinguished […]

  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces Expanded 10-Year Commitment to Biomedical Research

    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative co-founders and co-CEOs Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg announced that they are doubling down on their […]

  • How Speeding up Science Aided the Fight Against COVID-19

    In our year-long series on the influence of basic science on the world’s pandemic response, author Susan Reslewic Keatley explores […]

  • DEI in STEM: Is Philanthropy Rising to the Challenge?

    Lorelle Espinosa, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and co-chair of the Alliance’s DEI shared interest group, recently […]

  • A Vision for the Future of Science Philanthropy

    For Issues in Science and Technology, the Sloan Foundation’s Evan Michelson and Adam Falk argue that, for philanthropy to shape […]

  • Welcoming Our Newest Member

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance is honored to welcome the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as its newest member. Since its […]

  • Science Philanthropy Alliance Adds Fleming Crim as Senior Science Advisor

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced today the addition of Fleming Crim, Ph.D., as a senior science advisor. Crim, who is […]

  • France Córdova on Envisioning Science for an Unknown Future

    As a part of Issues in Science and Technology’s series exploring the next 75 years of science policy, Alliance president […]

  • How Science Philanthropy Can Build Equity

    For the Fall 2021 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alliance board member Elizabeth Good Christopherson joined other leaders […]

  • Why Philanthropy Is America’s Unique Research Advantage

    For Issues in Science and Technology, Robert Conn, the Alliance’s founding board chair and former Kavli Foundation president and CEO, […]

  • Welcoming the Dana Foundation to the Science Philanthropy Alliance

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance is honored to welcome its newest member, the Dana Foundation. The private philanthropy is dedicated to […]

  • France A. Córdova Named President of the Science Philanthropy Alliance

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance’s board today announced the selection of Dr. France A. Córdova as Alliance president. Dr. Córdova, who […]

  • Introducing the COVID-19 Basic Science Prequels

    Decades before the COVID-19 pandemic, basic science researchers were laying the groundwork for lifesaving breakthroughs now central to the world’s pandemic […]

  • Journey of a Philanthropist, Part III

    Sue Merrilees is a senior advisor at the Science Philanthropy Alliance. This is the third post in a series documenting Ross […]

  • Leadership Transition at the Science Philanthropy Alliance

    A note from Alliance board chair Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D. Valerie Conn is stepping down from her position as president […]

  • Brown Science Foundation Announces Inaugural Recipients of the Brown Investigator Award

    The Brown Science Foundation today announced physicists David Hsieh of Caltech and William Irvine of the University of Chicago as […]

  • Special Edition October Newsletter [Alliance News]

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance published a special edition newsletter in October highlighting the Nobel Prize and MacArthur Fellowship recipients. Read […]

  • How Covid-19 Has Driven Philanthropists to Change Lanes [Valerie Conn blog]

    Science philanthropy is like a road trip. You pick a lane of scientific endeavor that you are passionate about—it could […]

  • Promoting Diversity in Science [Alliance blog]

    Dr. Freeman Hrabowski’s career as a champion for diversity in mathematics, engineering, and science began in one of the least […]

  • The World Doesn’t Yet Know Enough to Beat the Coronavirus [via The Atlantic]

    The united states and many other nations are launching a life-threatening experiment. They are rapidly and perhaps prematurely easing restrictions on […]

  • Science Philanthropy Typically Requires Patience. Now Funders Have to Act Fast [via Inside Philanthropy]

    “There has not been a large funding community around infectious diseases, except for the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust, maybe […]

  • WHY BASIC SCIENCE? [Alliance News]

    Dear members and friends of the Science Philanthropy Alliance,  Science has never been more important than it is right now during the […]

  • Press Release: France Córdova announced Senior Science Advisor at Science Philanthropy Alliance [Alliance News]

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Palo Alto, California – May 5, 2020 – The Science Philanthropy Alliance (the Alliance) welcomes France A. […]

  • Korean researchers unveil genome map of COVID-19 for 1st time [via Korean Biomedical Review]

    A group of Korean researchers has drawn a genome map for the first time by tracing how the virus related […]

  • The Pandemic Shows Why the U.S. Must Invest in Public Research [via Scientific American]

    In the weeks to come, we’re about to relearn that old truth: necessity is the mother of invention. Researchers will […]

  • The 3 Ways Science Will Get Us Through The COVID-19 Pandemic [via Forbes]

    As of April 6, 2020, more than 1.3 million people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19, with over 74,000 confirmed […]

  • The only exit from this pandemic is through science. We must fund it [via The Globe and Mail]

    On the Government of Canada’s website there is a digital tally counter, showing the daily uptick in coronavirus cases and, […]

  • Ten Weeks to Crush the Curve [via The New England Journal of Medicine]

    The President says we are at war with the coronavirus. It’s a war we should fight to win. The economy […]

  • WEBINAR: COVID-19 Response: The Need for New Approaches and New Voices; Rita Allen Foundation Civic Science Webinar

    The Rita Allen Foundation is hosting the “COVID-19 Response: The Need for New Approaches and New Voices” webinar this Friday, […]

  • How Philanthropists are Tackling COVID-19 [via Barron’s Penta]

    The Open Philanthropy Project granted US$17.5 million last year to Sherlock Biosciences, a startup firm in Cambridge, Mass., that’s developing […]

  • Group run by former Google CEO to hold meeting with VCs, philanthropists about ways to fight coronavirus [via CNBC]

    A group founded by the former CEO and executive chairman of Google is huddling with venture capitalists to discuss how […]

  • COVID-19 data hub, the White House issues a ‘call to action’ for AI researchers [via Tech Crunch]

    In a briefing on Monday, research leaders across tech, academia and the government joined the White House to announce an […]

  • Grant Maker Responses for Nonprofits in Need Vary Widely [via The Chronicle of Philanthropy]

    Foundations are taking a wide variety of approaches to helping nonprofits cope with the economic fallout of the coronavirus, ranging […]

  • How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells [via The New York Times]

    The virus that causes Covid-19 is currently spreading around the world. At least six other types of coronavirus are known […]

  • HHMI Opens New Program for Medically Trained Scientists [via HHMI]

    A new $120 million research program aims to tap scientists’ knowledge of the human body. Today, the Howard Hughes Medical […]

  • Anticipating the Future of Science: A Look Back and a Look Ahead [via UCSD Research Affairs]

    The University of California San Diego recently hosted a day-long symposium celebrating the philanthropic funding of early-career faculty in their […]

  • Responding to Covid-19 — A Once-in-a-Century Pandemic? by Bill Gates [via The New England Journal of Medicine]

    In any crisis, leaders have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again. The […]

  • Letter from the President [Alliance News]

    New president Valerie Conn reports on recent developments at the Alliance. Valerie discusses new additions, strategic planning, and the future of the Alliance. […]

  • Freedom, Creativity, and Innovation: The Packard Fellowship Case Study

    Learn how David Packard, co-founder of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, launched the Packard Fellowship program. Download the Packard Fellowship case […]

  • UT Southwestern scientists discover potential vulnerabilities in new coronavirus [via News Medical]

    UT Southwestern Medical Center data scientists analyzing genetic sequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus have identified potential vulnerabilities that could help […]

  • Press Release: Shirley Tilghman, Ph.D. announced new Senior Science Advisor at Science Philanthropy Alliance [Alliance News]

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Palo Alto, California – The Science Philanthropy Alliance has appointed Shirley Tilghman as senior science advisor. Shirley […]

  • Science Institutions for a Complex, Fast-Paced World [via Issues in Science and Technology]

    The story of Vannevar Bush and his 1945 report, Science, the Endless Frontier, has attained in a mere 75 years […]

  • Press Release: Valerie Conn announced new President of Science Philanthropy Alliance [Alliance News]

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Palo Alto, CA – The Science Philanthropy Alliance has named Valerie Conn as new president. As president, […]

  • Nobelists urge Trump to require free access to taxpayer-funded publications [via Berkeley News]

    Led by UC Berkeley’s Randy Schekman, 21 Nobel laureates from the United States have sent an open letter to President […]

  • A Calling for Moonshot Philanthropy [via The Moonshot Catalog]

    Let’s start with some billionaire math. Some 2000 ultra-wealthy households in the United States each hold more than $500 million […]

  • A Few Words From Outgoing President Marc Kastner [Alliance News]

    Many of you already know the story of how I came to the Science Philanthropy Alliance. For those who do […]

  • Journey of a Philanthropist, Part II

    Sue Merrilees is a senior advisor at the Science Philanthropy Alliance. This is the second post in an ongoing blog […]

  • Winners of the 2019 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards [via AAAS]

    Strong local reporting on the status of Puget Sound’s killer whales, the degradation of soils in a region of France, […]

  • Science Philanthropy Alliance Announces Incoming President and Board Chair [Alliance News]

    New leaders will build on the momentum of the first five years Palo Alto, Calif. – Today, the Science Philanthropy […]

  • John Templeton Foundation Joins Science Philanthropy Alliance [Alliance News]

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that the John Templeton Foundation has joined the Alliance as a benefactor. Founded by the […]

  • Journey of a Philanthropist, Part I

    Sue Merrilees is a senior advisor at the Science Philanthropy Alliance. This is the first post in an ongoing blog […]

  • The Brinson Foundation, Ross M. Brown Family Foundation, and Sergey Brin Family Foundation Join the Science Philanthropy Alliance [Alliance News]

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that three foundations have joined the Alliance, supporting its mission to increase private funding for […]

  • Working with Science Foundations [Alliance blog post]

    Valerie Conn is executive director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance When I talk to scientists, university leaders, and development officers, […]

  • Caltech Biochemistry, Biophysics Fellowships Honor David Baltimore [via Philanthropy News Digest]

    The California Institute of Technology has announced that gifts from the Amgen Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will […]

  • Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation Gives $30M to Stem Cell Research Centers at UCLA, UCSF and USC [via UCSF]

    The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation will be making three gifts totaling $30 million to fund innovative research, faculty recruitment, training, and […]

  • When Curiosity Leads to Transformative Basic Science Discoveries [Alliance blog post]

    On a clear February day in San Francisco, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Science Philanthropy Alliance cohosted an […]

  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Awards $68 Million to Support the Growth of the Human Cell Atlas [via CZI website]

    The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $68 million in funding to support the Human Cell Atlas and its selection of […]

  • Mary and Tim Boyle Give $10 Million to Support Biomedical Data Science [via University of Oregon]

    A $10 million gift from Portland’s Mary and Tim Boyle is fueling the start of a joint center in biomedical […]

  • Models for Basic Science Philanthropy [Alliance blog post]

    There are as many ways to do science philanthropy as there are science philanthropists. At a recent Science Philanthropy Alliance […]

  • Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: the Heising-Simons Foundation Retools a Fellowship Program [Alliance blog post]

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion has been a topic of growing interest among members of the Science Philanthropy Alliance. At our […]

  • When Scientists Become Philanthropists: Jim Simons and Frances Hellman [Alliance blog post]

    Scientists who become philanthropists are especially attuned to the needs of basic science. At a recent UC Berkeley-Science Philanthropy Alliance […]

  • The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research Gives Penn $12 Million Grant to Study Connection between Radiation and Immunotherapies [via Penn Medicine News]

    The grant from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research will establish The Mark Foundation Center for Immunotherapy, Immune Signaling, and […]

  • Gift from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to Create a New Home for Computer Science at Princeton University [via Princeton University]

    Thanks to a gift from Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Guyot Hall will be substantially rebuilt and expanded to create a […]

  • Pritzker Foundation Makes a $100M Commitment to Launch Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at University of Chicago [via University of Chicago]

    The University of Chicago today announced a $100 million commitment from the Pritzker Foundation to support the new Pritzker School […]

  • Simons Foundation, Carson Family Charitable Trust Give $125M to New York Genome Center [via GenomeWeb]

    The $125 million joint gift from the Simons Foundation and the Carson Family Charitable Trust, which will be awarded over […]

  • TED Announces the 2019 Audacious Projects [via AudaciousProject.org]

    The Audacious Project, TED’s philanthropic collaborative dedicated to bold, actionable ideas, announced the 2019 Audacious projects. The Science Philanthropy Alliance […]

  • A Rising Tide: Funding Ocean Science [Alliance blog post]

    Sue Merrilees is an advisor at the Science Philanthropy Alliance Over the last two years, we at the Science Philanthropy […]

  • Lyda Hill Philanthropies: Where Science is the Answer [Alliance blog post]

    In 2010, Texas entrepreneur Lyda Hill signed the newly created Giving Pledge, announcing her plan to donate the entirety of […]

  • How a Major Research Funder Decided to Wrap Up its Longest-Running Science Initiative [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Tate Williams writes about the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s 15 year-old Marine Microbiology Initiative, which will wind down and […]

  • Schmidt DataX Fund Jumpstarts Demonstration Data Science Project at Princeton [via Princeton University]

    Princeton University researchers will push the limits of data science by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning across the research […]

  • Accelerating Progress in Autism Research: The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

    Learn how Jim and Marilyn Simons, co-founders of the Simons Foundation, made a significant impact on autism research through their […]

  • The Moore Foundation invests $140 million to explore aquatic symbioses [via Moore Foundation]

    The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a new area of research, the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative. Over the […]

  • David and Claudia Harding’s £100m gift to Cambridge University [via BBC]

    David and Claudia Harding have donated £100m to Cambridge University. The donation is the biggest single gift made to a […]

  • Cracking The Code Of Science Philanthropy: A Conversation With Valerie Conn [via Giving Compass]

    Jen Jope at Giving Compass interviews Alliance executive director Valerie Conn about the work of the Science Philanthropy Alliance to […]

  • Priscilla Chan Discusses Science Philanthropy

    At a recent Science Philanthropy Alliance member meeting, Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, spoke with […]

  • Philanthropy Awards, 2018 [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Basic science funding was featured among the recent IP Philanthropy Awards (IPPY) awards: Mega-Giver We Will Miss the Most: Paul […]

  • Jason Tung Named Director of Partnerships [Alliance News]

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announces that Jason Tung, Ph.D., was named director of partnerships effective January 1, 2019. For the […]

  • Philanthropy: A Critical Player in Supporting Scientific Research [Alliance blog]

    Marc Kastner is president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance As former dean of science at MIT and now as president […]

  • Leaders in Science Philanthropy Share their Visions [Alliance blog]

    Valerie Conn is executive director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance The leaders of three major U.S. science foundations participated in […]

  • CZI Awards Over $51 Million to Fight Neurodegenerative Disorders, Including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s [via chanzuckerberg.com]

    The CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network brings together experimental scientists from diverse research fields — neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, and genomics — […]

  • Deep Dive: Two of America’s Wealthiest Philanthropists Are Teaming Up to Protect the Oceans [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Tate Williams writes about the Bloomberg-OceanX initiative, which will coordinate activities, to some extent, between Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative, and […]

  • Harvard Medical School receives record $200 million gift [via Boston Globe]

    The Boston Globe reports that Harvard Medical School has received a $200 million donation — the largest in its history — […]

  • A Billionaire’s Dying Wish: A $10 Million Prize To Fight Brain Diseases [via Forbes]

    Michela Tindera writes: The estate of legendary billionaire investor Richard Rainwater will fund a series of multimillion-dollar prizes to fight degenerative brain […]

  • Tang Family Gift supports MIT.nano, MIT Quest for Intelligence [via MIT]

    The Tang family of Hong Kong has made a $20 million gift to MIT to name the Tang Family Imaging […]

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies and Dalio Foundation’s OceanX Announce $185 Million for New Partnership to Increase Ocean Exploration and Protection [via Bloomberg]

    As two of the largest supporters of ocean protection and exploration in the world, Bloomberg and Dalio’s OceanX’s combined efforts […]

  • Fundraising for Basic Scientific Research: In the Trenches with Development and Academic Leaders [Alliance Blog]

    Sue Merrilees is an advisor at the Science Philanthropy Alliance Raising money for basic science from private sources can sometimes […]

  • What a Top Science Funder is Learning from Its Deep Dive into a Risky Area

    Tate Williams writes about the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s support of quantum materials basic scientific research through its EPiQS […]

  • Science Philanthropy Alliance Receives AIRI 2018 Public Service Award

    At its annual meeting in Carlsbad, CA, on October 1, 2018, the Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI) presented its […]

  • Behind the Scenes of the Duchossois Family’s $100 Million Gift to the University of Chicago Medicine [Alliance blog]

    Valerie Conn is executive director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance A $100 million gift is what’s known in development circles […]

  • Is Strategic Philanthropy Heartless? [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Paul Brest and Hal Harvey write about the second edition of their book, Money Well Spent. They note that a successful […]

  • Laser-Focused: A Foundation’s Effort to Boost Women in Physics [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Physics and astronomy are two fields with some of the worst gender imbalances in science. They also happen to be two of […]

  • Blavatnik Family Pledges $10 million to Stanford Medicine Graduate Research

    The Blavatnik Family Foundation has pledged $10 million to Stanford Medicine. The Blavatnik Family Fellowship Fund at the Stanford University […]

  • Philanthropy in the War Zone [via the Foundation Center]

    Bradford Smith, president of the Foundation Center, blogs about philanthropy in today’s balkanized environment. He cites the Science Philanthropy Alliance […]

  • How Foundations can have an Outsize Impact on Scientific Research [Alliance blog]

    Marc Kastner is the president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance. This article first appeared on the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation […]

  • U.S. Research Institutions Received Over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2017 [Alliance News]

    U.S. Research Institutions Received Over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2017 Institutions participating in the survey […]

  • Foundations Play a Supporting Role in Basic Science [via Physics Today]

    Alliance president Marc Kastner and members The Kavli Foundation, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Simons Foundation, and Heising-Simons Foundation […]

  • The Sweetest Funding Gig for Biomedical Researchers Just Got Even Sweeter [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Inside Philanthropy‘s Tate Williams writes: “While much research funding comes in the form of tightly defined, incremental project grants, HHMI’s […]

  • Giving in the Light of Reason: the Open Philanthropy Project [via Stanford Social Innovation Review]

    The Open Philanthropy Project, whose primary funders are Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna, “is guided by the principles of effective […]

  • America Needs to Recommit to Investing in Science [via Roll Call]

    Michele Stockwell of  the Bipartisan Policy Center penned an opinion piece about the importance of funding basic science. The value […]

  • Open Philanthropy Project Joins Science Philanthropy Alliance as an Associate Member [Alliance Announcement]

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that the Open Philanthropy Project has joined as an associate member. The Open Philanthropy Project identifies […]

  • With More Cash and a New Home, a Foundation Plots the Future of its Science Funding [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Tate Williams reports on changes at The Kavli Foundation, which is expanding through its Kavli Institutes and Kavli Prizes, and […]

  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hands out $15 million to help scientists ‘map every cell in the human body’ [via Geekwire]

    Clare McGrane reports that Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Human Cell Atlas has awarded a total of $15 million to 85 researchers […]

  • Gates Foundation and Page Family Launch $12 Million Flu Grand Challenge [via Gates Foundation]

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Page family are launching the “Universal Influenza Vaccine Development Grand Challenge” during […]

  • True Believer: A Silicon Valley Mega-Giver Has High Hopes for AI and Tech [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Eric Schmidt is demonstrating a keen interest in how artificial intelligence, data, and technology in general might accelerate scientific discovery and […]

  • Most Transformative Meds Originate in Curiosity-Driven Science, Evidence Says [via Harvard Gazette)

    Most transformative meds originate in curiosity-driven science, evidence says

  • Brain Science Institute at Brown Receives $100 Million Gift [via Washington Post, Associated Press]

    Robert and Nancy Carney have donated $100 million to Brown University’s brain science institute to advance the understanding of the […]

  • How Philanthropy Jump-Started TESS, NASA’s New Exoplanet Research Mission [Alliance blog]

    Marc Kastner is president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance. He was the dean of science at the Massachusetts Institute of […]

  • Talking in Texas about Science Philanthropy: How to Give [Alliance blog]

    Sue Merrilees is an advisor with the Science Philanthropy Alliance. This is the second of a two-part blog in which […]

  • Open Philanthropy Project awards $11M to protein designers for universal flu vaccine [via Geekwire]

    The University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design has won an $11.3 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to cook up a public […]

  • Talking in Texas about Science Philanthropy: Why Philanthropists Care about Basic Science [Alliance blog]

    Sue Merrilees is an advisor with the Science Philanthropy Alliance. This is the first of a two-part blog in which […]

  • Claire Pomeroy, President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Joins the Science Philanthropy Alliance Board of Directors

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance today announced that The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has become a full member of the […]

  • UK Philanthropists’ Views on Supporting Science Research [Alliance blog]

    Valerie Conn is executive director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance London was cold and blustery on March 7, but on […]

  • Science Funding in the U.S. [via BBC Radio]

    Valerie Conn, executive director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, talks to BBC Radio’s Roland Pease about science philanthropy in this […]

  • Science Philanthropy Alliance Announces New Members, Benefactor, and Board Members [Alliance Announcement]

    Science Philanthropy Alliance Announces Rita Allen Foundation and Heising-Simons Foundation as Members, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as […]

  • The Ice Road Truckers of Science and Why We Need Them [via The Hill]

    In this opinion piece in The Hill, Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brad Schwartz, CEO of […]

  • Lustgarten Foundation Awards $22 Million for Pancreatic Cancer Research [via PR Newswire]

    The Lustgarten Foundation announced today that it funded $22 million in 2017 as part of its commitment to invest $40 million by the end of 2018.  In addition to funding the […]

  • Open Philanthropy Project pours funds into high-risk research [via Nature]

    Nature features Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna’s Open Philanthropy Project, which has significantly boosted its spending to $200 million this […]

  • Q&A with Cyndi Atherton [via Physics Today]

    Physics Today talks to Cyndi Atherton, director of the science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation, about her career path and […]

  • Glen de Vries Gives $10 million to Endow Carnegie Mellon Science Deanship [via CMU]

    Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Glen de Vries, co-founder and president of Medidata, has donated $10 million to endow the chair […]

  • Jim Simons, the Numbers King [via New Yorker]

    An in-depth profile of Jim Simons, who with Marilyn Simons is one of the heavyweights in science philanthropy through their […]

  • The Sloan Foundation’s 25-year Partnership with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

    A Science Philanthropy Success Story Taking to the Stars: the Sloan Foundation’s 25-year Partnership with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey […]

  • Brotman and Baty Families Donate $50 million to UW Precision Medicine [via Univ of Washington and Seattle Times]

    Jeffrey and Susan Brotman and Pam and Dan Baty have made a $50 million gift to create an institute for […]

  • End of year message from Marc Kastner, president of Science Philanthropy Alliance

    Dear Science Philanthropy Alliance community, I started the year with concern about the state of funding for basic science research. […]

  • Ray Dolby’s Estate Donates £85m to Cambridge physics laboratory [via Financial Times and Cambridge University]

    American innovator Ray Dolby’s estate gave $100 million to help build Cambridge University’s new Cavendish laboratory. The gift is “the […]

  • Breakthrough Prize Winners [via The Mercury News, Forbes]

    Forbes and The Mercury News report on the red carpet event announcing the Breakthrough Prizes for 2017, totalling $22 million. From […]

  • The Rockefeller Foundation Joins Science Philanthropy Alliance as Associate Member

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that The Rockefeller Foundation has joined as an associate member. For more than 100 years, The […]

  • Philanthropic Funding Makes Waves in Basic Science [via The Scientist]

    In this story from The Scientist, Bob Grant writes about private funders who are supporting big projects and rewriting the playbook […]

  • Educating Journalists about Science Philanthropy

    To help journalists better understand the growing field of science philanthropy, the Science Philanthropy Alliance organized a panel discussion at […]

  • Northwestern Univ. Receives $10 Million for Epigenetics Center [via Philanthropy News Digest]

    Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey have given $10  million to Northwestern University to create an epigentics center at […]

  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funds 38 pilot projects to build the Human Cell Atlas

    The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced today that it is funding 38 pilot projects around the world to help build tools […]

  • How the Lasker Foundation is Stepping Up for Public Research Funding [via Inside Philanthropy]

    The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has stepped up its advocacy for biomedical research funding. As Mary Lasker said: “If you […]

  • Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation Launches $25M Schmidt Science Fellows Program

    Congratulations to our member, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, on the launch of the Schmidt Science […]

  • Why Do So Many Americans Win the Nobel Prize [via Inside Science]

    According to experts, it’s strong historic investment in basic science, academic freedom for researchers and patience to see results. “The […]

  • Curiosity Matters: the Discovery of a Powerful Type of Stem Cell [Science Philanthropy Alliance video]

    Janet Rossant discusses the nature of basic science, and how the study of blastocysts led to the discovery of the […]

  • Another Nobel Prize for the Fruit Fly [via New York Times]

    “time and again, it has been a foundational understanding of how animals (and plants, fungi and microbes) work that leads […]

  • Curiosity Matters: LIGO Researcher Finds New Ways of Looking at the Universe [Science Philanthropy Alliance video]

    Nergis Mavalvala reflects on the moment her team first detected gravitational waves and how it broadened the scope of research […]

  • Columbia University’s Data Science Institute: A Conversation with a Funder and Grantee [Marc Kastner blog]

    By Marc Kastner, president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance Fundraising for a growing center at an institution can be very […]

  • Curiosity Matters: Science that Creates Industries [Science Philanthropy Alliance video]

    In this video, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan shares how a fundamental physics discovery facilitated his Nobel Prize-winning work in chemistry and discusses […]

  • Fort Worth Billionaire Gives $30 Million to Study the Environment [via Fort Worth Star Telegram]

    Billionaire Ed Bass is giving $30 million to Biosphere 2, the massive, futuristic earth science project he helped create in […]

  • Inside the Moore Foundation’s Science Funding Powerhouse

    Robert Kirshner, chief program officer for science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation spoke with Inside Philanthropy about making the move […]

  • Curiosity Matters: How the study of insects can help us discover cures and manage our environment [Science Philanthropy Alliance video]

    In this video, May Berenbaum explains how a brown moth helps control a pervasive roadside weed, and how the study […]

  • $115m gift, Boston University’s largest ever, will fund life sciences and engineering research [via Boston Globe]

    Using most of a $115 million donation from Rajen Kilachand, a Dubai businessman and BU graduate, the school will create […]

  • Why curiosity-driven research? Four scientists speak on the need for basic science [Science Philanthropy Alliance video]

    Scientists May Berenbaum, Nergis Mavalvala, Janet Rossant, and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan reflect on how breakthroughs in science have led to new […]

  • Science Research Centers and Institutes – How Do They Get Funded? [Valerie Conn blog]

    Valerie Conn is the executive director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance A particular challenge that research institutions face is that […]

  • Science Philanthropists’ Approaches to Making a Difference [Marc Kastner blog]

    By Marc Kastner, president, Science Philanthropy Alliance Researchers often want to know: will my research be of interest to philanthropists? […]

  • Simons Foundation Funds Algebra and Number Theory Research [via Brown University]

    Brown University’s national mathematics research institute has been tapped to lead an $8 million Simons Foundation project aimed at bringing […]

  • What Science Philanthropists Want: 10 Observations [Valerie Conn blog]

    Valerie Conn is executive director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance A question I often get from research institutions seeking funding […]

  • Broad Interests and a Passion for Science (the Lyda Hill Foundation) [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Inside Philanthropy describes the Lyda Hill Foundation, an Alliance member, and its broad interests in science.

  • On Giving to Science: Perspectives from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, and the Simons Foundation [Valerie Conn blog]

    Valerie Conn is executive director of the Science Philanthropy Alliance Twice a year, the members of the Science Philanthropy Alliance […]

  • Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group Gives $20M to Cell Mapping, Brain Research [various]

    The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group recently announced a $10 million gift to create an Allen Discovery Center at the […]

  • The Miracle Machine [Eric Lander and Eric Schmidt opinion piece]

    This video illustrates the May 5, 2017 Washington Post commentary by Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute and […]

  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Joins Science Philanthropy Alliance as Associate Member

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has joined as an associate member. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative […]

  • Shelby White of the Leon Levy Foundation Receives Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

    Alliance member Shelby White, founder of the Leon Levy Foundation, received the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Read more here. Past […]

  • Science Philanthropy Alliance Names Valerie Conn Executive Director

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance (the “Alliance”) announced that Valerie Conn will become Executive Director of the organization effective July 1, […]

  • Rita Allen Foundation: Grants for Science Research

    Inside Philanthropy describes the Rita Allen Foundation’s science giving program. The Rita Allen Foundation focuses its science research grantmaking on […]

  • For Funding, Scientists Turn to Unorthodox Sources [via Discover Magazine]

    Wudan Yan discusses non-government sources of  funding for scientific research, including philanthropy.   “When federal funding declines, then philanthropic funding […]

  • Basic Science Funders Ask, “How Do We Know if Our Giving is Working?” [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Tate Williams discusses the challenges of evaluating basic science giving, and the meetings that the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation […]

  • “You Get Ideas.” Inside a Top Science Foundation’s Most Ambitious Project Yet [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Tate Williams profiles the Simons Foundation’s new Flatiron Institute, a privately-funded research center which brings “multiple disciplines into one shop, united […]

  • Private Funding is Unlikely to Replace Government Funding of Basic Science

    Marc Kastner, president of Science Philanthropy Alliance, recently wrote in a San Jose Mercury News op-ed: “With many recent high-profile announcements […]

  • America’s ‘Miracle Machine’ is in desperate need of, well, a miracle [Washington Post op-ed]

    Eric S. Lander, president of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, […]

  • Science in Turbulent Times [Scientific American blog]

    Robert Kirshner, chief program officer for science at our founding member organization, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, writes about the importance […]

  • How to Maintain America’s Edge: Increase Funding for Basic Science [via Foreign Affairs]

    L. Rafael Reif, president of MIT, writes about the economic impact of basic research and the important role the government plays […]

  • With Deep Budget Cuts Proposed to Science Research, What should Funders be Doing? [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Tate Williams discusses the proposed budget cuts to science research and the role of science philanthropy in relation to government funding: […]

  • Beckman Foundation Announces Funding for Breakthrough Microscope Technology

    Five leading universities will receive $12.5 million from the Beckman Foundation for state-of-the-art Cryo-EM instrumentation. In support of the foundation’s mission of […]

  • Why Government Must Fund Basic Research [Marc Kastner op-ed in San Jose Mercury News]

    Marc Kastner, president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, shares his thoughts on the roles that government, philanthropy, and corporations play […]

  • Simons Foundation Donates GBP 20M to Edinburgh University for Autism Studies [via BBC]

    This BBC article notes: “The Simons Foundation has given the cash for studies into the biological mechanisms that underpin changes […]

  • Private Funding for Basic Science Totaled $2.3 Billion in 2016 [via Philanthropy News Digest]

    Philanthropy News Digest reports on the Science Philanthropy Alliance’s  survey which shows U.S. research institutions received more than $2.3 billion […]

  • Philanthropy and Science Research: New Important Data on Trends and Patterns [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Inside Philanthropy discusses the Science Philanthropy Alliance survey on private funding of basic science.

  • Research Institutions Received over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2016 [Alliance press release]

    Research Institutions Received Over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2016 Palo Alto, CA (February 13, 2017) […]

  • MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research Gets $20 Million to Study Autism [via Fortune]

    Reporter Barb Darrow reports on Hock Tan and Lisa Yang’s gift to MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research to investigate […]

  • “Riskiest Ideas” win $50 million from Chan Zuckerberg Biohub [via Nature]

    Nature reports that CZI named the 47 investigators that will receive up to $1.5M in funding to pursue their “riskiest, […]

  • Leon Levy Foundation Joins the Science Philanthropy Alliance

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that the Leon Levy Foundation has joined the Science Philanthropy Alliance as an associate member. […]

  • The Wealthy Couple Trying to Unlock the Secrets of Anorexia [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Reporter Paul Karon describes the Klarman Family Foundation‘s support of research into eating disorders. The Klarman foundation, established with millions […]

  • Philanthropy Forecast, 2017: Trends and Issues to Watch [via Inside Philanthropy]

    David Callahan looks into a crystal ball and shares trends and issues to watch in 2017. He includes the Science […]

  • On Giving to Science: Robert Shelton, Research Corporation for Science Advancement

    Robert Shelton, president of Research Corporation for Science Advancement, shares his insights on science philanthropy: find what you’re passionate about […]

  • Largest-Ever Gift to UCSF Honors Philanthropist Helen Diller [via UCSF]

    The Helen Diller Foundation has granted $500 million to UC San Francisco. “Of this, $100 million will be used to […]

  • On Giving to Science: Paul Joskow, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

    Paul Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, shares his insights on science philanthropy: focus on what you care […]

  • Nautilus features Alliance stories about basic science discoveries in “Luck” issue

    Read about how basic science research changed the game, in the following five stories commissioned by the Science Philanthropy Alliance […]

  • A Small Science Funder to Watch, Backing Some Hot Fields of Research (via Inside Philanthropy)

    The Shurl & Kay Curci Foundation… has a hand in some fascinating research lately, ranging from brain-computer interfaces to edible electronic […]

  • China’s Rising Philanthropy Presents the Next Big Brain Science Donor [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo commit an initial $1 billion to brain discovery, treatment, and development. Their gift to Caltech builds […]

  • Bill Bowes Donates $50 Million to UCSF for “Unconventional” Science [via San Francisco Examiner]

    Nuala Sawyer reports on Bill Bowes’ gift to UCSF for biomedical research.

  • Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo Give $115 Million to Caltech for Brain Research [via L.A. Times]

    Rosanna Xia reports on a significant gift to brain research in “How a mind-controlled robotic arm paved the way for […]

  • Message from Marc Kastner, President of Science Philanthropy Alliance

    Dear Science Philanthropy Alliance community, What a year it has been for basic science! We have seen anew the power […]

  • Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Gives University of Iowa $45 Million for Neuroscience [Inside Philanthropy]

    Reporter Tate Williams writes about the donor behind a big neuroscience gift in Iowa.

  • The Dividends of Funding Basic Science [via Wall Street Journal]

    In this op-ed, L. Rafael Reif, president of MIT, describes the importance of funding basic science research. “Scientists are like […]

  • On Giving to Science: Robert Conn, The Kavli Foundation

    Robert Conn, President and CEO of The Kavli Foundation, offers his insights about what works in science philanthropy.

  • Winton Capital’s David Harding on physics and philanthropy [via Financial Times]

    In this article by Clive Cookson, Harding talks about physics and philanthropy. He mentions the Science Philanthropy Alliance, which Winton Philanthropies […]

  • Helmsley Charitable Trust and Winton Philanthropies Join the Science Philanthropy Alliance [Alliance announcement]

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Winton Philanthropies have joined the […]

  • Philanthropy Plays Increasing Role in Advancing Science [AAAS article]

    This Giving Tuesday, the AAAS published an article about the importance of philanthropy in advancing science. The article mentions Marc […]

  • Articles about giving to basic science [via The Lasker Foundation]

    The Lasker Foundation, one of our members, recently featured two articles on giving to basic science. The Foundation discusses philanthropy’s […]

  • On Giving to Science: Jim and Marilyn Simons, Simons Foundation

    Hear Jim and Marilyn Simons’s insights about giving to basic science research.

  • On Giving to Science: Jim and Marilyn Simons of Simons Foundation [Alliance video]

    Marilyn Simons, President of Simons Foundation, and Jim Simons, Chair of Simons Foundation, offer their insights about what works in […]

  • The Power of Science Philanthropy [via Philanthropy Roundtable]

    Karl Zinsmeister writes about why private philanthropy is so important to breakthrough science.

  • Science Group Seeks to Guide Silicon Valley Philanthropists [via Nature magazine]

    Erika Hayden from Nature Magazine interviewed Marc Kastner, president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, about the Alliance’s plans to increase […]

  • 2016 Nobel prizes demonstrate the importance of basic research

    Congratulations to this year’s Nobel Prize winners for their breakthrough work in basic science! A Japan Times story about this year’s Nobel Prize […]

  • Robert Tjian joins Science Philanthropy Alliance as consultant; Dalio Foundation and Lyda Hill Foundation join as new associate members [Alliance announcement]

     The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that Robert Tjian, biochemist at the University of California at Berkeley and former president of […]

  • Chan Zuckerberg Science is a Model for Big Donors [via Chronicle of Philanthropy]

    Read the op-ed by Harvey Fineberg, president of the Moore Foundation.

  • The Science Philanthropy Alliance Board Responds to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announcement

  • Zuckerberg-Chan Basic Science Research Gift is Visionary [San Jose Mercury News op-ed]

    Read Alliance chair Bob Conn and president Marc Kastner’s op-ed.

  • The Boldness of Philanthropists [Science magazine editorial]

    Read an editorial about the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, by Nobelist David Baltimore.

  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative News Roundup

    Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement on September 21 generated a lot of buzz in the science and philanthropy communities. […]

  • Celebrating the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Commitment to Basic Science Research [Alliance Commentary]

    By Marc Kastner, President The Science Philanthropy Alliance is cheering Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg’s extraordinary commitment to basic science […]

  • Science Philanthropy Alliance Welcomes Erin O’Shea to Board of Directors [Alliance announcement]

    The Science Philanthropy Alliance welcomes a new board member, Erin O’Shea, who became the new president of the Howard Hughes […]

  • A Path toward Understanding Neurodegeneration (Via Science)

    Authors: K. S. Kosik, T. J. Sejnowski, M. E. Raichle, A. Ciechanover, D. Baltimore In this article, the authors discuss the lack of progress […]

  • Rita Allen Foundation Joins Science Philanthropy Alliance as Associate Member [News release]

    Rita Allen Foundation Joins Science Philanthropy Alliance as Associate Member August 11, Palo Alto, CA–The Science Philanthropy Alliance announced that […]

  • 10 Tips for Research Institutions Working to Raise Funds for Basic Science [Alliance commentary]

    By Valerie Conn, Vice President, Science Philanthropy Alliance On July 8, nearly 100 representatives from our research partner institutions gathered […]

  • Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation Join Science Philanthropy Alliance [News release]

    Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation Join Science Philanthropy Alliance as […]

  • Help Wanted: A Funders Alliance Rallies Newcomers to Science Philanthropy [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Inside Philanthropy’s Tate Williams interviews Alliance president Marc Kastner about the need for private funding of basic science and the Alliance’s […]

  • How a Young Foundation is Looking to Make a Difference in Science [via Inside Philanthropy]

    In this third Inside Philanthropy article about Heising-Simons Foundation, Cyndi Atherton talks about the foundation’s approach to science philanthropy. Atherton […]

  • Inside the Heising-Simons Foundation: A Brainy Startup Finds its Way in 3 Major Areas [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Alliance member Heising-Simons Foundation discusses giving to basic science, particularly the physical sciences and climate science.

  • Harvey Fineberg, president of the Moore Foundation, on basic science philanthropy [via Philanthropy News Digest]

    Harvey Fineberg, president of the Moore Foundation, talks about basic science and the Science Philanthropy Alliance in this Q&A with Philanthropy […]

  • Hunt for Big Bang Gravitational Waves Gets $40 Million Boost [via Scientific American]

    The Simons Foundation, an Alliance member, contributes $40 million towards an observatory in Chile to study the origin of the universe.

  • How much are private funders giving to basic science research? [via Inside Philanthropy]

    Inside Philanthropy reports on the key findings of the Science Philanthropy Alliance’s survey of universities on private giving to basic science.

  • Inside the Simons Foundation: Big Philanthropy on the Frontiers of Science [via Inside Philanthropy]

    An in-depth look at the Simons Foundation, one of the top 40 foundations in the U.S., and its focus on […]

  • Private Funding for Basic Science Research at U.S. Universities and Colleges Exceeds $1.2 billion in 2015 [News Release and Summary Report]

    Download the summary of the survey results. Read the Chronicle of Philanthropy story about the survey. Read the Inside Philanthropy […]

  • Leading Science Foundations Join the Science Philanthropy Alliance to Support Giving to Basic Science Research [News release]

    Heising-Simons Foundation, The Klarman Family Foundation, The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation, and The Wellcome Trust join as new Alliance […]

  • Sandy and Joan Weill aim to advance brain research with $185 million gift [via Washington Post]

    Sandy and Joan Weill give big to brain research with a $185 million gift.

  • Alliance Advisor Robert Birgeneau Receives the Vannevar Bush Award [via NSF]

    Alliance advisor Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist and chancellor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, received the National […]

  • April Funding Showers for Science [Commentary]

    With Paul Allen’s announcement last month to support bioscience with a $100 million gift, yesterday’s announcement of Yuri Milner’s plan to send a […]

  • Sean Parker Launches an Unprecedented Cancer Research Effort [via Fortune]

    Sean Parker’s foundation is giving $250 million to fund cancer research, focusing on immunotherapy and new tumor antigen targets.

  • Reaching for the Stars, Across 4.37 Light-years [via New York Times]

    Yuri Milner announces a plan to send a fleet of robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, provides initial funding of $100 million […]

  • New Frontiers in Bioscience [via Science]

    A guest editorial in Science Magazine by Paul Allen about the exciting opportunities in bioscience and basic science. Read the […]

  • Philanthropist Paul Allen announces $100 million gift to expand ‘frontiers of bioscience’ [via Washington Post]

    Paul Allen announces a $100 million commitment over 10 years to fund bioscience.

  • How Gravitational Waves Connect to Quantum Optics [via New York Times]

    Following the news of the discovery of gravitational waves, The New York Times editorial board weighed in on the importance […]

  • Gravitational Waves, Einstein’s Ripples in Spacetime, Spotted for First Time [via Science]

    The announcement of the first direct observation of gravity waves reminds us of how exciting basic science can be.

  • The Death of Corporate Investment in Science? [via Fortune]

    The author explores how short-term thinking and focus on stock prices have changed U.S. companies from research giants to bottom-line thinkers.

  • Here’s One Foundation That’s Heeding the Call for More Basic Science Funding [via Inside Philanthropy]

    An inside look at how Bill and Karen Ackman’s Pershing Square Foundation values, and funds, the creative serendipity of basic science.

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

    The reasons for doing basic research go well beyond the creation of new applications and technologies.

  • When Scientific Research Can’t Get Federal Funds, Private Money Steps In [via Chronicle of Philanthropy]

    The annual Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of the biggest donors is filled with support for basic scientific research. Philanthropists are focusing on work that is risky, challenging, and uncertain.

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