What is life and how did it originate? What factors explain and drive evolutionary change? What are the laws and regularities that govern the cosmos, and why is mathematics so central to its workings?

The Natural Sciences Department seeks to support projects that address these and similar Big Questions concerning the origin and nature of the universe and humankind’s place in it. High risk projects that promise substantial rewards are especially encouraged, as are projects unlikely to be supported by standard funding agencies.

Natural Sciences
Project Leader: Luke Barnes
Grantee: The University of Sydney
Natural Sciences
Project Leader: Marcus Feldman
Grantee: Stanford University
Natural Sciences
Project Leader: Nathan Wolfe
Grantee: Global Viral
Natural Sciences
Project Leader: Max Tegmark, Anthony Aguirre
Grantee: Foundational Questions Institute
Natural Sciences
Project Leader: William Kimbel
Grantee: ASU Foundation for a New American University
Natural Sciences
Project Leader: Herschel Rabitz
Grantee: Princeton University