With Federal Funds Shrinking, Math and Science Funders Including Simons Foundation Step Up
While STEM giving is one of the hottest funding areas in higher ed philanthropy, most of the gifts we profile are earmarked for tangible and conventional goals—a new science building, teacher training, diversifying the ranks of science majors, and so on.
Two recent gifts from opposite corners of the continent, on the other hand, initially appear to be a bit more, well, abstract.
The first comes to us from Providence, Rhode Island, where Brown University announced a grant of $8 million from the Simons Foundation in support of a multi-institution effort focused on tackling fundamental questions in "algebra and number theory." . . .