Kavli Foundation (United States)

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The Kavli Foundation
HeadquartersLos Angeles, CA, United States
Cynthia M. Friend
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$54,389,074[1]

The Kavli Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California, is a foundation that supports the advancement of science and the increase of public understanding and support for scientists and their work.

The Kavli Foundation was established in December 2000 by its founder and benefactor, Fred Kavli, a Norwegian business leader and philanthropist, who made his money by creating Kavlico, a company that made sensors, and by investing in real estate in southern California and Nevada.[2] Kavli died in 2013, leaving the remainder of his wealth to the foundation.[3]

David Auston, a former president of Case Western Reserve University and former Bell Labs scientist, was the first president of the Kavli Foundation, from 2002 to 2009. [4] He was succeeded by Robert W. Conn, who was president from 2009 to 2020. Cynthia M. Friend is the third and current president.

To date, The Kavli Foundation has made grants to establish Kavli Institutes on the campuses of 20 major universities. In addition to the Kavli Institutes, nine Kavli professorships have been established: three at Harvard University, two at University of California, Santa Barbara, one each at University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Irvine, Columbia University, Cornell University, and California Institute of Technology.

The Kavli Prize[edit]

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for breakthroughs in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Consisting of a scroll, medal and cash award of one million dollars, a prize in each of these areas has been awarded every two years since 2008. The Kavli Prize is a partnership among The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and The Kavli Foundation.

The recipients are chosen by three independent prize committees of distinguished scientists recommended by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, the Max Planck Society, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society. After making their selections, the recommendations of these prize committees are then confirmed by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

The Kavli Institutes[edit]

The Kavli Foundation's 20 institutes focus on astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics. [5]




Theoretical physics[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Kavli Foundation" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Fred Kavli, Founder, Kavli Foundation, Santa Barbara, Calif". Scientific American. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  3. ^ Colker, David (2013). "Fred Kavli dies at 86; businessman gave millions to research". The Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Meet alumnus David Auston: an illustrious career bolstered by talent, timing and risk". University of Toronto. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  5. ^ "The Kavli Foundation - Kavli Institutes". Retrieved 11 August 2021.

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