Grants for scientific research centers

1,270 science and technology research centers received at least $439.4 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,878 grants made from 1,349 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,200. Of these 1,349 foundations, 86% made just a single grant to research centers, and 3% made grants to four or more research centers. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$439,433,588
Total grant dollars given to scientific research centers
1,878
Number of grants made annually to scientific research centers
1,349
Number of grantmakers funding scientific research centers
$1,200
Median grant size to scientific research centers

Foundations that support science and technology research centers

Out of all grants made to scientific research centers, 76% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 65% of the dollar-value of grants to research centers. Foundations funding research centers also made grants to universities, international humanitarian organizations, trade / professional associations, animal shelters, and youth development programs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,027
Medium
 
146
Large
 
174
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
39
Private
 
1,113
Corporate
 
68
Other
 
129

Grants made

Grants made to research centersNumber of grantmakers
1
 
1,165
2-3
 
142
4-10
 
31
11+
 
11

Top 10 foundations supporting science and technology research centers

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to research centersNumber of grants made to research centersMedian grant size
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.2%41$540
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%35$308
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%28$350
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%22$1,315
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%21$50
Baird FoundationWINational0.6%19$1,000
Westrock FoundationGANational0.0%17$10
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.2%16$324
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationWANational1.1%12$3,081,750
Arkansas Community FoundationARState0.1%12$1,950

Science and technology research centers grantees

Scientific research centers with more than $5 million in total revenues received 97% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 53% of all research centers.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,824
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
54

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,500
$100k-$500k
 
$2,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
279
Massachusetts
 
232
California
 
225
Virginia
 
94
Other
 
1,048

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
275
Boston
 
178
Washington DC
 
169
Chicago
 
80
Other
 
993

Top 25 grants made to scientific research centers

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Stanley Manne Childrens Research Institute$44,621,754Mission SupportAnn and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Internet Society Foundation$32,505,894General SupportPublic Interest Registry (PIR)
OpenAI$30,000,000SciencesSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Stanley Manne Childrens Research Institute$26,904,425Released From RestrictionAnn and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
TB Alliance (TB Alliance)$23,850,000TuberculosisBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
OpenAI$16,028,500General SupportYc Org
Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)$12,838,392Cash ValueThe University of Chicago (UChicago)
Morgridge Institute for Research$12,474,822To Support Ongoing Research & EducationMorgridge Institute for Research
Morgridge Institute for Research$12,474,822Morgridge Institute for Research
Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health$12,467,605Change in AcctBaptist Health South Floridainc
New York Academy of Sciences$12,244,488Support for Scientific Research and KnowledgeBlavatnik Family Foundation
Morgridge Institute for Research$11,800,000See Program Service Accomplishments; Form 990, Part Iii, Line 4BWisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
National Academy of Sciences$10,600,000For the Ford Fellowships Program for Predoctoral Dissertation and Postdoctoral FellowshipsThe Ford Foundation
Salk Institute for Biological Studies$8,359,623Civil Rights, Social Action, AdvocacyHopewell Fund
Jackson Laboratory$7,983,498The Jackson Laboratory's Next-Generation Research Mouse Production FacilityMaine Technology Institute (MTI)
Cicp Foundation$7,360,812FMVCentral Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP)
National Academy of Sciences$7,306,007CashNational Academy of Engineering Fund (NAE)
US Ignite$6,805,894Sub-AwardNortheastern University (NU)
Waterford Institute$6,700,000To Provide Covid-19 SupportBlue Meridian Partners
CGIAR System Organization$6,396,694Agricultural DevelopmentBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)$6,225,000Daf - EnvironmentCombined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
Research Triangle Institute (RTI)$5,768,624Sub-AwardJohns Hopkins University (JHU)
Georgia Tech Research Corporation$5,471,008Research/subcontractEmory University
Foundation for the National Institute of Health (FNIH)$5,294,112MalariaBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
SRI International$5,036,570Sub-AwardJohns Hopkins University (JHU)
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Scientific research centers" category for this page is determined by the "U00: Science and Technology Research: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.