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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.

Featured Grants

Natural Sciences
Project Leader(s): Robert Hazen, Robert Downs
Grantee(s): Carnegie Institution for Science
Natural Sciences
Project Leader(s): Kevin Laland, Tobias Uller
Grantee(s): University of St Andrews
Natural Sciences
Project Leader(s): Sheperd Doeleman, Abraham Loeb
Grantee(s): Harvard University
Natural Sciences
Project Leader(s): David Charbonneau, David Latham
Grantee(s): President and Fellows of Harvard College
Project Leader(s): Cristian Tomasetti,
Grantee(s): Johns Hopkins University