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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

100 Academy

Irvine, CA United States 92617-3002

Telephone: (949) 721-2222


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-08-31)

Assets: $562,674,841

Total giving: $27,325,087





Additional Contact Information

Mailing address: P.O. Box 13219, Newport Beach, CA 92658; e-mail (for Kathlene Williams, Exec. Asst.):


Incorporated in 1977 in CA - Founded by the late Arnold and Mabel Beckman. Arnold Beckman founded Beckman Instruments in 1935 with the production of a pH meter he invented. A forerunner of modern electrochemical instrumentation, the scientific instrument simplified and expedited acidity and alkalinity measurements. Beckman Instruments grew to become one of the world's leading suppliers of instruments to the health care market. In 1981, Beckman merged with SmithKline Corporation of Philadelphia to form SmithKline Beckman Corporation. In 1989, Beckman became independent again.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation makes grants to program-related, nonprofit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and life sciences, broadly interpreted, to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open new avenues of research in science.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The purpose of the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award is to initiate and support post-Ph.D.,-M.D. or -M.D./Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows at research institutions across the United States, who are judged to have the highest potential for success in an academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and who will become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology. It is the foundation's intent that the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship will be the catalyst to aid in the fellow's transition to an outstanding, independent research career.

Beckman Scholars Program

Established in 1997, The Beckman Scholars Program is an invited program for accredited universities and four-year colleges in the United States. It provides scholarships that contribute significantly in advancing the education, research training and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences. The sustained, in-depth undergraduate research experiences and comprehensive faculty mentoring are unique in terms of program scope, content and level of scholarship awards ($19,300 for two summers and one academic year).

Beckman Science Program

The primary purpose of the program is assisting Orange County elementary schools in the enhancement of science education. This funding will stimulate schools to teach science as a core subject in grades K-6, so that a passion for scientific exploration can be passed on to a new generation of curious minds. For many it will be the beginning of a lifelong affinity for things scientific and a start to a life dedicated to extending the boundaries of science and technology. The program operates in five main domains: 1) Providing professional development for elementary, K-6 teachers; 2) Offering materials support for teachers using science kits; 3) Working with individual school districts through the foundation's incentive grants; 4) Evaluating the success of the program and student achievement; and 5) Educating the community about the need for science education through community outreach.

Beckman Young Investigators Program

The program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. The program is open to persons with tenure-track appointments in academic and nonprofit institutions that conduct fundamental research in the chemical and life sciences. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Documentation of U.S. citizenship (copy of birth certificate or passport) or permanent residency status must be provided with the application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible. To be eligible, an applicant should not have completed more than five full years in his or her tenure-track or other comparable independent research appointment. Regardless of eligibility under this rule, no individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than three times. Projects should show promise for contributing to significant advances in the research fields of interest to the foundation. They should represent innovative departures in research rather than extensions or expansions of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are normally in the range of $750,00 over the term of the project. The foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs. Funding will not be considered for the following: general institutional expenses, general fundraising campaign expenses such as dinners and mass mailings, as a contribution to unified funds or to a pooled fund that is itself used to award grants of any kind, or social science, religious, political, or other research that does not fall within the foundation's areas of interest, as described above. Applicants must complete an online Letter of Intent Form. See foundation web site for complete application information.

Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research

The Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research is intended to reward one individual who has made significant transformative breakthroughs in vision research; this may include those whose contributions to science in general, or through the development of an innovative technology or fundamental scientific breakthrough have been applied to, aided and/or improved the vision sciences. The recipient of the Beckman-Argyros Award will receive a total of $500,000, as outlined below, along with a solid gold commemorative medallion: $100,000 prize to award recipient; $400,000 grant to support award recipient's research at a university or other qualifying public 501 (c)(3) charity specifying its designated use.

Employee Matching Gifts

The foundation matches the contributions of its employees to charitable organizations.

Grants to Individuals Program

Research support to U.S. citizens and permanent residents with tenure-track appointments in academic and nonprofit organizations to fund research in the chemical and life sciences.

Fields of Interest

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedicine
  • Cancers
  • Chemistry
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Eye diseases
  • Heart and circulatory system diseases
  • Higher education
  • Marine science
  • Physical and earth sciences
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-08-31

Assets: $562,674,841 (market value)

Expenditures: $31,423,034

Total giving: $27,325,087

Qualifying distributions: $29,212,780

Giving activities include:

$27,325,087 for 142 grants (high: $10,000,000; low: $36)