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.


Congratulations to John T. Bruer for being awarded the distinction of Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

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Updated guidelines for the 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award program in Studying Complex Systems have been posted. The deadline to apply is June 12, 2015 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC). More information




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