Richard Lounsbery Foundation aims to enhance national strengths
in science and technology through support of programs in the
following areas: science and technology components of key US
policy issues; elementary and secondary science and math education;
historical studies and contemporary assessments of key trends
in the physical and biomedical sciences; and start-up assistance
for establishing the infrastructure of research projects. Among
international initiatives, the Foundation has a long-standing
priority in Franco-American scientific cooperation.
The Foundation generally provides
seed money or partial support, rarely renews grants for continuing
activities, does not normally fund endowments or laboratory
research, and aims to achieve high impact by funding novel
projects and forward-looking leaders.