Life Sciences Research Foundation donations received

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Life Sciences Research Foundation in our system.

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 3 780,000 685,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 780,000 780,000 780,000 1,170,000 1,170,000 1,170,000 1,170,000
FIXME 1 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000 105,000
Scientific research 2 780,000 975,000 780,000 780,000 780,000 780,000 780,000 780,000 1,170,000 1,170,000 1,170,000 1,170,000 1,170,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Life Sciences Research Foundation

Donor Total 2019 2018 1987
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) 1,950,000.00 1,170,000.00 780,000.00 0.00
MacArthur Foundation (filter this donee) 105,000.00 0.00 0.00 105,000.00
Total 2,055,000.00 1,170,000.00 780,000.00 105,000.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation (GW, IR)2019-08-16Alexey Guzey Effective Altruism ForumNational Institutes of Health Howard Hughes Medical Institute Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Open Philanthropy Amgen Life Sciences Research Foundation Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stanford University Review of current state of cause areaBiomedical researchGuzey surveys the current state of biomedical research, primarily in academia in the United States. His work is the result of interviewing about 60 people. Emergent Ventures provided financial support. His takeaways: (1) Life science is not slowing down (2) Nothing works the way you would naively think it does (for better or for worse) (3) If you're smart and driven, you'll find a way in (4) Nobody cares if you're a genius (5) Almost all biologists are solo founders. This is probably suboptimal (6) There's insufficient space for people who just want to be researchers and not managers (7) Peer review is a disaster (8) Nobody agrees on whether big labs are good or bad (9) Senior scientists are bound by their students' incentives (10) Universities seem to maximize their profits, with good research being a side-effect (11) Large parts of modern scientific literature are wrong (12) Raising money is very difficult even for famous scientists. Final conclusion: "academia has a lot of problems but it's less broken than it seems from the outside."

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 donations)

Graph of top 10 donors by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy1,170,000.0012019-04Scientific research/trasnformative basic sciencehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/life-sciences-research-foundation-young-investigators-2019Chris Somerville Heather Youngs Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant page says: "The funds will support six postdoctoral fellows for three years apiece. The fellows have proposed research projects investigating Alzheimer’s disease, infectious disease dynamics, forebrain development, cross-species transmission of bird flu, muscle stem cell function, and immune system evolution." Intended funding timeframe in months: 36; announced: 2019-06-26.
Open Philanthropy780,000.0022018-04Scientific research/transformative basic sciencehttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research/miscellaneous/life-sciences-research-foundation-young-investigatorsChris Somerville Heather Youngs Donation process: Discretionary grant

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support early-career investigators. The funds will support four postdoctoral fellows for three years apiece. The fellows have proposed research projects investigating immunology, virology, neurobiology, and tuberculosis."

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup 2019 grant suggests that this grant would be considered a success Intended funding timeframe in months: 36; announced: 2018-05-03.
MacArthur Foundation105,000.0031987FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support post-doctoral fellowships for researchers working in fields related to parasitic diseases. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Maryland; affected cities: Baltimore.