Make Your Mark

Andrew Carnegie founded this institution in 1902 as a home for world-transforming scientific discoveries. Our mission—to advance investigation, research, and discovery, and apply that knowledge to the improvement of humankind—is now more urgent than ever. An independent research institution, we provide our scientists with the flexibility to seize opportunities as they arise and define new fields.

Today, the generous support of our donors advances our founder’s legacy of philanthropy and continues to drive discovery. From planets to the cosmos, our investigators are tackling the biggest questions of our time. What are the origins of our universe? How did life emerge?

The pursuit of answers—fueled by our scientist’s curiosity, intellect, and creativity—has resulted in substantial breakthroughs, including Richter’s development of a seismic scale to measure earthquakes, and Rubin’s confirmation of dark matter, among many others.

When you give to Carnegie, you are supporting the next generation of scientific luminaries as they probe the mysteries of our planet, our place in the cosmos, and the synthesis of molecules that make life possible.
Diana Roman on the flank of the Cleveland volcano. Courtesy of Anna Barth of the University of California Berkeley. Photo taken under Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Research and Monitoring Special Use Permit #74500-16-009.

Our Science

We are now entering a time of scientific discovery unparalleled in our history. This new age brings a convergence of trends in scientific practice and technology that allows interdisciplinary research to thrive across at the Earth and Planets Laboratory.

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Swope telescope at Las Campanas Observatory

Postdoctoral Support

Carnegie’s vibrant and successful early career programs are at the heart of our mission. By supporting our growing community of up-and-coming scientific innovators, you will enable the next generation of researchers to make a decisive impact on the scientific endeavor.

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Greatest Needs

Support for the Carnegie Fund provides financial flexibility to meet immediate needs and seize opportunities that may arise. This could span from seed funding for novel research directions to jumping on of-the-moment fieldwork opportunities.

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Outreach & Education

Carnegie maintains a suite of public outreach programs designed to interest the general public in scientific investigation; provide educational activities and resources for elementary, middle, and high school students; and strengthen undergraduate curricula.

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