The Merage family has a bundle of foundations and philanthropic interests, including Jewish causes, arts, and education. But one of its members has homed in on storm tracking and the study of severe weather.
The New York Times ran a lengthy feature over the weekend about the growth of private philanthropy in basic science research, both how it's picking up the slack for government cuts and the consequences of relying on philanthropists instead of public funds. We've rounded up the key points and our own resources about some of the main funders discussed.
Now in its second full year as a research vessel, Wendy and Eric Schmidt’s 272-foot, retrofitted ship, the RV Falkor, is in high demand and well on the way to proving it’s not just a Google pet project. The Falkor will broaden what it has to offer applicants, as the Schmidts are backing construction of the world’s most advanced, remotely operated submersible to be used in tandem with the vessel.
Most philanthropists ask scientists to submit their research proposals in hopes of getting ahold of a pot of funding. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is taking a different approach. He and his wife, Wendy, want to hear your pitch for how you'd use a different kind of resource — the 83-meter former fishery protection vessel they have retrofitted with state-of-the-art ocean research capabilities.