Advancing science for the benefit of humanity.
The Kavli Foundation was established by Fred Kavli in 2000 with a mission to advance science for the benefit of humanity. Our primary way of achieving this is by funding basic research in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics. Using our distinct endowment model, we fund research institutes in one of these four sciences at universities around the world. At present, there are 20 Kavli Institutes globally. Our Science Program also supports initiatives and pursues partnerships that advance these scientific fields.
Through our Science and Society Program, we go beyond scientific research and focus on ways to strengthen the relationship between science and society. Through collaborations with academies and societies, philanthropies and more, we are working to ensure the people, processes and products of science contribute meaningfully to society.
Finally, we honor scientists with The Kavli Prize in celebration of breakthroughs in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience – the big, the small and the complex. This signature international award is a partnership among The Kavli Foundation, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.
At the core, all of these efforts are united through our values, dedication to basic research, drive to identify promising ideas and opportunities, desire to create lasting impact, and directive to catalyze and enable actions that unlock the benefits of science.
“The Kavli Foundation supports basic science because we believe in its long-range benefit to humanity. We are looking for benefits that may lie far into the future, benefits that may be hard to predict, but as we look at the past, the benefits of science have been proven over time. The fruits of research are not always immediate and are often not predictable. Often the benefits are the result of unpredictable outcomes of an exploration that was initially motivated purely by intellectual curiosity.” – Fred Kavli
A Norwegian-American physicist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Fred Kavli was a champion of science who held the deep conviction that scientific discoveries have positive long-term impact on society.Learn more
Since 2000, The Kavli Foundation has been dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity. Learn more about our impact in the first 20 years.See timeline