Positioned for Success

Carnegie Science is dedicated to assessing the research landscape and identifying opportunities through which we can demonstrate leadership across the scientific enterprise.

Working Together

Carnegie Science empowers top scientists with the freedom and flexibility to explore new areas of investigation and advance the frontiers of knowledge. These efforts are underpinned by a dedication to thoughtfulness and intentionality in building a diverse community of ideas and a reputation for creativity.

With an eye toward the future, our leadership team is working to ensure a second century of breakthrough science by identifying and stewarding high-priority projects and key initiatives that will make a decisive impact throughout the research community at large.

Building a foundation for future scientific success, Carnegie Science's leaders have invested strategic partnerships and new infrastructure, as well as maintained a commitment to recruiting and retaining the top scientific minds and providing them with the support to grow their research programs.

Strategic Science

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Path to Pasadena

Understanding that the future of the scientific enterprise is interdisciplinary and collaborative, Carnegie Science has formed a new alliance with Caltech, which will open many opportunities for breakthrough research between our two institutions. This partnership builds on our shared history in astronomy and astrophysics and will enable us to make a decisive investment in the global fight against climate change by consolidating our life and environmental science research into a single location. 

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Next-generation Telescope

From revealing fundamental physics underpinning the cosmos to advancing our ability to study the atmospheres of distant worlds, the Giant Magellan Telescope, which is under construction at Carnegie's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, stands poised to provide insights into some of humanity's biggest questions and ring in a renaissance of ground-based astronomy.

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Climate and Resilience

Carnegie Science's Climate and Resilience Hub meets the urgency of the moment by bringing together researchers from across all three Carnegie Science divisions with a broad range of technical and scientific expertise that is critical for tackling challenges in climate, resilience, and sustainability.

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JWST at Carnegie

Carnegie Science astrophysicists and planetary scientists continue to showcase their creativity and propensity for bold research ideas using JWST. Over three cycles of telescope-time allocation, 13 projects headed up by Carnegie-affiliated astronomers have been selected to use JWST to study objects ranging from exoplanet atmospheres to the earliest generations of stars and galaxies.

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Origins Research

The search for life in the Solar System and beyond has been identified by NASA as its top strategic priority. Carnegie Science is positioned to draw on expertise and equipment from astronomers, planetary scientists, plant biologists, cellular and molecular biologists, astrobiologists, geophysicists, and geochemists to probe this most fundamental question. By revealing the factors that enabled life to arise and thrive on ancient Earth, our scientists can identify exoplanets that are good candidates for hosting life. 

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Organizational Priorities

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Carnegie Science is committed to ensuring that our work and workforce reflects our society. Just as scientific discovery is a crucial component of our national character, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility are key aspects of our work at Carnegie Science. This dedication to our principles entails creating equitable opportunities, removing barriers to success, and leveraging evidence-based strategies. 

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Financial Stewardship

Carnegie Science’s financial health is fundamental to the organization’s mission, balancing today’s research needs with the interests of future scientists and continued leadership within the greater scientific enterprise. Our successes are a testament to the high quality of Carnegie scientists and Carnegie’s leadership of research initiatives within the broader scientific community.

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