The Foundation believes that increases in human welfare are largely driven by increases in our understanding and mastery of the forces of nature and society. The health of the scientific enterprise is thus an issue of fundamental concern to us. This includes the quality of scientific training and inquiry, the structure of scientific careers, the diversity of the scientific workforce, the strength of scientific educational institutions, and the openness and accessibility of scientific education and training to all.
The Foundation’s interests in scientific education focus exclusively on training at the college, graduate, and post-graduate level. Projects targeting K-12 science education or K-12 science educators are not considered.