Welcome to the James S. McDonnell Foundation

Founded in 1950 by aerospace pioneer James S. McDonnell, the Foundation was established to "improve the quality of life," and does so by contributing to the generation of new knowledge through its support of research and scholarship. The Foundation awards grants via the Foundation-initiated, peer-reviewed proposal processes described in the 21st Century Science Initiative.


Our Funding Areas

Meetings & Workshops




  • 2018 Understanding Human Cognition Scholars Meeting
    June 25-28, 2018
    Oxford, UK

  • Teachers as Learners Conference
    July 31 - August 2, 2018
    St. Louis, MO

  • 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship Advisory Board Meeting
    September 13-14, 2018
    St. Louis, MO