Major advances in science, technology and education


Advanced Particle Accelerators

We support revolutionary developments in compact particle accelerators that hold the promise of small and powerful sources for physics, biology and medicine

Learn more about our Advanced Particle Accelerator grants here.


We support astronomical instrumentation and theory to increase the power of telescopes and to advance our understanding of the universe.

Learn more about our Astronomy grants here.

Earthquake Early Warning

We support seismological research underpinning the Earthquake Early Warning system, which can detect initial signals from a distant earthquake and provide warning of shaking tens of seconds to minutes before destruction begins, allowing people and property to be secured and protected. Warnings would be issued across computers, cell phones, radios, TVs and other systems with broad reach to the public.

Learn more about our Earthquake Early Warning grants here.


We fund early-stage imaging projects to enable researchers to visualize living cells at the molecular level in real time. New imaging technologies with these capabilities would provide a better understanding of structural and functional aspects of many key cell processes, enabling fundamental breakthroughs in biology. Through different technical innovation strategies, we support scientists to conduct experiments to demonstrate proof-of-concept for promising new imaging technologies.

Learn more about our Imaging grants here.

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

In partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, we support 15 of the nation's most innovative plant scientists to pursue bold research across plant biology. A deeper understanding of how plants function and respond to stress is essential to address global challenges that impact our planet's environment and the quality of life. The program launched in 2010 with the solicitation of applications from plant scientists at the forefront of their fields, who continue to produce exciting results in different areas of plant biology.

Learn more about our Plant Science Collaboration grants here.

Science Learning

We fund projects that enable and sustain scientific curiosity and problem solving to cultivate a lifelong interest in science. We want to improve society’s understanding of the inherent value of science and contribute to a more informed public that appreciates science, considers data and evidence, and engages in rational decision making in personal and civic lives. To achieve these outcomes, we make grants across interrelated thematic threads: science learning assessment and innovative models for science-rich engagement.

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