Why does the NIH award just 2% of its grant funding to scientists 35 years old and younger?
Why do people who play video games care about fraud and replication of others' work so much more than scientists?
And why does the only established career path for life scientists in academia force them to become managers and administrators while pushing them out of actually doing science?
New Science aims to build new institutions of basic science, starting with the life
Founded in 2020, New Science will create a network of new scientific institutes pursuing basic research while not
being dependent on universities, the NIH, and the rest of traditional academia.
New Science is a 501c3
research nonprofit incorporated in Massachusetts. The board of directors consists of Alexey Guzey, Mark Lutter, and Adam Marblestone. New Science is advised by Tessa Alexanian, Tyler
Cowen, Andrew Gelman, Channabasavaiah
Gurumurthy, Konrad Kording, Tony Kulesa, and Elizabeth
New Science will do to science what Silicon Valley did to entrepreneurship — shifting the focus on
helping and enabling people on the basis of their skills and ideas rather than credentials. Our goal is not to replace universities, but to develop complementary institutions and to provide much-needed competitive pressure to existing institutions and prevent their further
The plan is to gradually increase the scope of projects and the number of people funded by New Science, eventually
reaching the point where there are entire labs operating outside of traditional academia, and then an entire network
of new scientific institutes.
By supporting researchers in their pursuit of frighteningly ambitious projects, we will create a new ecosystem to
push the frontiers of science, and attract people who want to do original research but would not have chosen a
career in traditional academia. New Science aims to pursue projects that are orthogonal to the culture and the
incentive structures of academia.
In the summer of 2022, New Science will run an in-person research fellowship in
Boston for young life scientists, during which they will collect preliminary data for an ambitious idea. A point of
comparison is Cold Spring Harbor
Laboratory, which started as a place where leading molecular biologists came for the summer to hang out and
work on random projects together, and which eventually housed 8 Nobel Prize winners.
New Science’s plan for 2021 is to:
- Raise funding for the first year of operation
- Prepare for the summer in-person research fellowship for novice life scientists
- Dig into stories of great scientific achievement, the history and practice of scientific funding, and share
essays about what we learn
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our work financially, apply for our summer 2022 fellowship as a student,
mentor, or organizer, or reach out to us directly at email@example.com.
And let’s make science advance one young scientist at a time, not one funeral at a time.
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