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Welcome to Our New Website: Big Ideas Wanted Here

Today we are excited to introduce a new way of highlighting the transformative ideas we support in science and society—and their unexpected connections. As we debut a fresh look and flow to our website, we are also looking for new opportunities to provide helpful resources and insightful features about the…

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Smarter Together

“I like crossing the imaginary boundaries people set up between different fields—it’s very refreshing,” the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani told Quanta Magazine after winning the Fields Medal in 2014. With different mathematical tools that may or may not work, “It’s about being optimistic and trying to connect things.” As…

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Basic Research: Fueling Future Solutions

Today we announce the 2015 class of Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, seven extraordinary researchers who are working to expand our understanding of the fine-tuned phenomena that enable our bodies to grow, survive and thrive. While each of their projects represents a new beginning, their efforts build on the findings…

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The Engagement Shift

Our civic lives are changing. This change is being driven by new tools and approaches that fall under the umbrella of civic tech—as well as by people who recognize that new tools must serve the enduring aims of democracy. We are seeing a fruitful struggle to apply rapidly changing technology…

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More Voices, Richer Data for Greater Impact

Fund for Shared Insight marks a new chapter for philanthropy In 2012, Oakland, California, was drowning in public record requests. An already overworked system had been flooded by requests for video, email and internal documents related to the Occupy Oakland protests. But there was no clear way…

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