Advancing science for the benefit of humanity.
The Kavli Foundation was established 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 universities to establish research institutes in one of these four sciences. These institutes use their endowment for unconstrained research. At present, there are 20 Kavli Institutes globally.
We also support initiatives and pursue partnerships that advance these fields of science and strengthen the relationship between science and society. Through collaborations with academies and societies, governments, philanthropies and more, we move science forward.
Additionally, we honor scientists with The Kavli Prize in celebration of breakthroughs in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. This signature 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 dedication to basic research, drive to identify promising ideas and opportunities, desire to create lasting connections, 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, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work.See timeline