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Unrestricted Giving

NAS Annual Fund

NAS Annual Fund contributions provide flexible resources that support ongoing activities and outreach efforts, while also enabling the Academy to respond to emerging issues facing our nation and world in a timely manner every year.

Most importantly, your unrestricted support enables the NAS to address the right questions at the right time and effectively communicate the results to the right people.

Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment

The Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment for NAS Missions underpins the Academy’s roles to validate scientific excellence; enhance the vitality of the scientific enterprise; guide public policy with science; and communicate the nature, values, and methods of science to government and the public. This endowment strengthens the Academy while honoring Ralph and Carol’s many years of dedicated service.

Public Engagement and Outreach

Science & Entertainment Exchange (The Exchange)

The Science & Entertainment Exchange connects professionals in the entertainment industry with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in film and TV programming. From quick fact checks to special briefings, The Exchange provides quick and easy access to experts from all the scientific disciplines. The goal of The Exchange is to use the vehicle of popular entertainment media to deliver subtle, but nevertheless powerful, messages about science.


LabX is a public engagement testbed that creates immersive—sometimes even unorthodox—programming to engage diverse audiences with scientific topics in ways that are relevant to their daily lives. Activities include the role-playing Extreme Event game and WRONG ANSWERS ONLY, an interactive show featuring celebrity guests who play games and quizzes while learning about exciting research with the help of a scientific expert.

Cultural Programs of the NAS (CPNAS)

Cultural Programs of the NAS explores the relationships among culture and science, engineering, and medicine through rotating art exhibitions, a permanent art collection, and a series of public programs that include theatrical readings, monthly salons called DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), film screenings, and lectures.

Distinctive Voices

Distinctive Voices presentations, geared toward the general public, are an exciting and engaging forum highlighting innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues behind today’s hot topics in science, including medicine, biotechnology, energy, the environment, space exploration, and more. Events are held in Irvine, CA and videos are easily accessible on our YouTube channel.

Cultivating Inclusion, Diversity, and Emerging Talent

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for current graduate students or recent graduates from a diverse set of graduate and professional programs to spend 12 weeks in Washington, DC with the National Academies, gaining essential skills and knowledge for a career in science policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Although most of the fellows have either attained or are pursuing a PhD, alumni fellows also hail from medical schools, law schools, or other graduate professional programs.

Kavli Frontiers of Science (KFoS)

Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines, through presentations, one-on-one conversations, and informal group discussions. Annual symposia are held in the US and around the world, and symposium presentations are posted online. The interdisciplinary partnerships established during KFoS symposia help to establish lasting global connections among new generations of researchers.

Domestic and International Partnerships

Committee on Human Rights (CHR)

The Committee on Human Rights, created in 1976, is a standing membership committee of the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM), institutions composed of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists, engineers, physicians, and researchers. The CHR serves as a bridge between the human rights and scientific communities, in recognition of the importance of rights protection for scientific inquiry and the realization of human dignity worldwide.

International Collaboration

The NAS hosts many forums and exchanges with its international counterparts to foster enduring and productive partnerships among scientists from around the world and address topics of global concern. Private funding has played a critical role in the establishment and continued operation of these partnerships. If you would like more information about the NAS’s international partnerships or how you can make a gift, please contact Andrew Ho, Director of Development.

Naming Opportunities

Endowed fellowships, programs, and spaces in the historic NAS Building and the Beckman Center provide naming opportunities that allow you to support our work while commemorating your contributions to the scientific enterprise. If you would like more information on naming opportunities at the NAS, please contact Andrew Ho, Director of Development.

Fred Kavli Auditorium Seat Campaign

The National Academy of Sciences Building stands as a “Temple of Science” described by former NAS president Charles D. Walcott as, “the place where the creative mind will be able to do much to bring about a better existence for the future people of the world.”

You can honor members, friends, family, and colleagues—while also helping the NAS make science work for humanity—by naming a seat in the Fred Kavli Auditorium of the historic NAS Building. Use our online donation form to take your seat in history today for $10,000. If you would like more information about how to make a pledge, please contact Andrew Ho, Director of Development.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Auditorium Seat Campaign

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center is an award-winning conference center situated on seven acres bordering the cities of Irvine and Newport Beach. The center hosts meetings of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

You can honor members, friends, family, and colleagues—while also helping to strengthen the Beckman Center Endowment—by naming a seat in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center Auditorium. Use our online donation form to name a seat today for $10,000. If you would like more information about how to make a pledge, please contact Andrew Ho, Director of Development.