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Recent Gifts to the Academies


National Academy of Medicine Receives $10M From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sept. 2015 - The National Academy of Medicine has been awarded a $10 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a multi-year Culture of Health Program. The program's aims will be to identify the conditions and solutions needed for all to achieve equitable good health and well-being and to examine the policies and practices needed to support a culture that promotes health.


Half of the grant will establish a Culture of Health endowment; the remaining $5 million will be used to support project activities such as consensus studies related to the program, which will be carried out by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The National Academy of Medicine will appoint an advisory committee to oversee a range of activities that will focus on assessing the evidence base, identifying types of successful and sustainable practices, policies, and partnerships, and examining how to promote health equity and scale effective efforts.


To build a Culture of Health in America, we must find partners capable of providing rigorous, effective, and inclusive programming that addresses our nation’s significant gaps in health equity,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “This investment will help us to identify organizations and communities that are ready to achieve positive change at a scale that will enable all to live healthier lives, regardless of who they are or where they live.”


Peter O'Donnell$500,000 Gift to Vest Fund from Peter O'Donnell, Jr.

April 2014--The NAE is pleased to announce that Peter O'Donnell, Jr., a long-time supporter of engineering, science, and math education, generously gave $500,000 to the Charles M. Vest President's Opportunity Fund.


"Chuck was an extraordinary academic and engineer, impressive president of MIT, very able president of the National Academy of Engineering, and a man of excellent character -- he is very much missed," Mr. O'Donnell said. "With this gift, I wanted to honor his important contributions to math, science, engineering education, and policy."

Grainger Foundation commits $3M to NAE

March 2014--The National Academy of Engineering greatly acknowledges the Grainger Foundation's $3 million commitment for NAE's Frontiers of Engineering (FOE).


Thanks to the generous support of The Grainger Foundation, Frontiers of Engineering symposium participants have the opportunity to join together and take on innovative ideas in the pursuit of ground-breaking research.” -NAE president Dan Mote Jr.


NAS is Grateful for $1.5 Million Gift

March 2014--Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has made a gift of $1.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences to establish the National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery in honor of RCSA's past president, John P. Schaefer.


This new $100,000 prize will be given biennially to recognize an accomplishment or discovery in basic research within the past five years. The fields of science for each presentation will rotate from among chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, astronomy, physics, and materials science, with the inaugural award presented in 2015 for a recent discovery in chemistry, biochemistry, or biophysics.


$1.5 Million to New NAE K-12 Engineering Education

2013--Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has contributed $1.5 million to a new National Academy of Engineering initiative that will provide expert, research-based guidance to those involved in overseeing engineering education in kindergarten through grade 12. The initiative will create a clearinghouse of curriculum materials and resources and connect engineering education experts with teachers, administrators, and others involved in providing engineering experiences to K-12 students. NAE greatly appreciates Chevron's commitment and support.


"We're excited to support this project because Chevron believes that a solid grounding in the engineering design process is essential for creating a highly skilled work force and inspiring the nation's future innovators and problem- solvers," said Blair Blackwell, manager, education and corporate programs, Chevron.


IOM Receives $500,000 Gift for 'A Healthy America'
2013--The Institute of Medicine is extremely grateful to the George Family Foundation for its recent gift of $500,000 to the IOM. Penny and Bill GeorgeThese funds will help launch "A Healthy America," a public health media campaign that will draw upon evidence-based advice to motivate people to live healthy lives. The IOM will collaborate with the nonprofit Public Good Projects on the initiative.


"We are enthusiastic in our support of 'A Healthy America' because it will help all Americans live healthier, longer lives," said George Family Foundation President Penny George. "Combining the best available public health expertise with innovative media platforms and communications tools, 'A Healthy America' will provide millions of people with scientifically sound health information that inspires them to engage actively in promoting their own health."

NAE Receives $500,000 Gift from W.M. Keck Foundation

Simon Ramo

The National Academy of Engineering has received a $500,000 gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation to endow and name NAE's Founders Award after Simon Ramo, the only surviving founding member of the NAE. Ramo turned 100 on May 7, 2013. Ramo was a member of a committee of 25 that in 1964 advocated for establishing the National Academy of Engineering, which operates under the congressional charter that established the National Academy of Sciences.


"The Keck Foundation is pleased to make this gift in honor of Si Ramo," said Robert Day, chairman and CEO of the W.M. Keck Foundation. "The naming of this award for Si is a fitting way to express our appreciation for his championing of cutting-edge scientific and medical research and for his service as a valuable adviser to our grantmaking."


"It is most gratifying to name this prestigious award after Si Ramo, who was so instrumental in the creation of the NAE almost 50 years ago," said Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering. "The NAE is very grateful to the W.M. Keck Foundation for helping us honor this great man by endowing this award."


$3.5M Gift to Establish Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

2013--Richard C. Atkinson made a gift of $3.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences to establish the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences. Beginning in 2014, the $200,000 prize will be given biennially to an individual (or may be shared by two individuals) responsible for significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields.


"Because of the dedication of many brilliant researchers, the psychological and cognitive sciences have seen incredible advances in the past decades," said Atkinson, president emeritus of the University of California and professor emeritus of cognitive science and psychology at the University of California, San Diego. "This award is intended to recognize and support scientists in improving our understanding of how the mind works." 


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