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.
From 2019 to 2023, as part of the Foundation’s commitment to fund 12 Strategic Priorities, the Natural Sciences department will be seeking proposals related to the following priorities: Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Science of Purpose, Islam, Science & Society, and Cultural Evolution.
While the majority of our department’s grantmaking will fall within these priorities, we will continue to accept innovative proposals that do not fit into these areas in our Open Funding Track, as well as our Life Sciences funding area.