James S. McDonnell Foundation
Originally named the McDonnell Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation was founded in 1950 by aerospace pioneer James S. McDonnell. It 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. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded $295 million in grants using the foundation-initiated, peer-reviewed proposal processes.
The James S. McDonnell's 21st Century Science Initiative inherently supports STEM education. This initiative targets research in the areas of Brain Cancer, Complex Systems, and Brain, Mind and Behavior. For Brain Cancer Research, the Foundation is particularly interested in supporting new research that will generate knowledge leading to increased rates of survival and improve functional recovery for individuals with brain cancer. The Foundation is a member of the Brain Tumor Funders' Collaborative, a partnership among eight private philanthropic and advocacy organizations designed to bridge the "translational gap" that prevents promising laboratory science from yielding new medical treatments.
Brain, Mind and Behavior