The Kavli Foundation was established by Fred Kavli in 2000 with a vision to advance science for the benefit of humanity. The Kavli Foundation aspires to this vision through its mission to stimulate basic research in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics; strengthen the relationship between science and society; and honor scientific discoveries with The Kavli Prize. All of these efforts are united through their guiding principles, and a drive to identify promising ideas and catalyze opportunities that unlock the benefits of science and create lasting impact for science and society.
"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
Additionally, its Science and Society Program goes beyond scientific research and focuses on ways to strengthen the relationship between science and society. The Kavli Centers for Ethics, Science, and the Public foster collaborations with academies and societies, philanthropies, and more to ensure the people, processes and products of science contribute meaningfully to society.
Additional Kavli Institutes in Nanoscience