Our Mission
Why Basic Science?
The Need for Private Funding
In 2012, the U.S. government began making deep cuts in its research and development budgets. Basic research was especially hit hard. Read more about the basic science funding challenge. In response, six organizations came together to take on the mission of substantially increasing philanthropic support for basic research in the natural sciences and mathematics.

The journey to supporting basic research can be daunting for philanthropists. The range of potential topics is so vast—from cosmology to research on materials, from genomics to plant biology—that it is difficult to know where philanthropic support can make a difference. Additionally, the mechanisms for giving are complex—from supporting a single university, to supporting individuals at many institutions—that the possibilities can seem overwhelming.

The Alliance provides advice and learning opportunities for individual philanthropists and foundation staffs on how to support basic research most effectively.
About the Alliance
The mission of Science Philanthropy Alliance is to increase philanthropic support for basic scientific research. We accomplish this by understanding the opportunities and complexities philanthropists face in funding basic science, and providing advice and learning opportunities for individual philanthropists and foundation staffs on how to support basic research most effectively. We believe philanthropy plays a critical role in advancing basic scientific knowledge—knowledge that is essential to the improvement of human health and welfare.
Learn more about our history and our work by visiting Who We Are and What We Do.
Basic research leads to new knowledge. It provides scientific capital. It creates the fund from which the practical applications of knowledge must be drawn.
Vannevar Bush