Science Philanthropy

Science Philanthropy

In a trend that some fear is leading to a "privatization of science," wealthy philanthropists are pouring millions into everything from genetic research to space exploration. At the same time, government funding is declining. We explore the issue.

Scientists and researchers have lamented the steady decline in government funding of science and research for decades. At the same time, wealthy philanthropists are stepping up their support, pouring millions into everything from genetic research to space exploration. Donors are motivated both by personal reasons--wanting a cure for a disease affecting a loved one--and private passions for specific fields. We explore both the concerns over how privatization will affect where funding goes, and the long history of private funding that stretches back to the Galileo era of science.

Guests

Edward Derrick

Chief Program Director, Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Daniel Goroff

Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Cora Marrett

deputy director, The National Science Foundation

Joe Golding

Chairman and CEO, Advancement Resources

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