Welcome to the James S. McDonnell Foundation

Founded in 1950 by aerospace pioneer James S. McDonnell, the Foundation was established to "improve the quality of life," and does so by contributing to the generation of new knowledge through its support of research and scholarship. The Foundation awards grants via the Foundation-initiated, peer-reviewed proposal processes described in the 21st Century Science Initiative.


News & Announcements


  • NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Teachers as Learners. JSMF announces a new funding opportunity in 2017 that will fund education research on the science of teaching and expand our understanding of teachers as learners and as agents of change in education. Read More...

Our Funding Areas

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