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Mission & Philosophy of the Foundation

The Foundation's Mission

Dr Beckman

“The mission of the Foundation is to support leading edge research, in the fields of chemistry and life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that open up new avenues of research and application in these sciences and related disciplines. My preference is to favor young investigators, new ideas, and a variety of projects rather than fund large, established ones of long duration.”

Dr. Arnold O. Beckman

The Foundation was established in September 1977 by Dr. Arnold O. and Mabel Beckman. The Beckman's passion for supporting science began with 5 mega-gifts during 1978-1989 to establish ad construct the Beckman Institutes and Centers at:

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • City of Hope
  • Caltech
  • Stanford
  • University of California, Irvine
  • National Academy of Sciences

In 1990, the Foundation's mission was updated by Dr. Beckman to reflect his wishes to support young researchers - those who don't yet have the clout to receive the large Federal grants - with innovative and high-risk research projects.