Global Initiatives
Science & Technology

What scientific discoveries will unlock a flood of subsequent breakthroughs? The Foundation seeks out research and development projects that look to answer essential questions about the world around us.

What foundational knowledge do we need to solve the world’s biggest problems? What scientific discoveries will unlock a flood of subsequent breakthroughs? The Foundation seeks out research and development projects that look to answer essential questions about the world around us—projects that are the difference between status quo and real change. We support the advancement of science and technology in ways that are new, experimental, and have the power to set off ripple effects. We look for projects that promote learning, conservation, understanding and growth. Our projects in this area include support for important global issues. 

Key Initiatives & Grantees

Oceans Grantmaking

In 2013, we added a new area of support: ocean health. Still in the early stages, we are developing an ocean-focused program to explore ways to preserve and enhance one of earth’s most important resources, and the vast amounts of plant and animal life that call it home. 

Africa Support

One of the Allen Family’s most beloved places in the world is Africa, and over the past five years The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has made nearly $8 million in grants to African charities and projects. We focus primarily on wildlife conservation and the preservation of vital landscapes essential to both humans and wildlife alike—regions in danger of tipping the fragile balance between human life and the essential animal ecosystem.

Great Ape Conservation

In 2013, the Foundation made a $1 million grant to the Jane Goodall Institute for Great Ape conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The grant will help researchers complete a survey of a rare gorilla subspecies that may be on the verge of extinction, fund gorilla sanctuaries, boost anti-poaching patrols and help equip rangers with new technology for logging gorilla sightings and illegal mines.