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James S. McDonnell Foundation


Last profile update: 04/15/2018
Last grant data update: 05/01/2018

At A Glance

James S. McDonnell Foundation

(also known as JSMF)

1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 1850

St. Louis, MO United States 63117-1229

Telephone: (314) 721-1532


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Established in MO - In 1950, James S. McDonnell, Jr. established the McDonnell Foundation, incorporated as a private foundation. The foundation has pursued his goals by supporting scientific, educational, and charitable causes locally, nationally, and internationally. The organization was renamed the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 1984 in honor of its founder and was reorganized in 2002 with amended by-laws by its current board members, descendants of James S. McDonnell.

Purpose and Activities

JSMF believes that private philanthropic support for science is most effective when it invests in the acquisition of new knowledge and in the responsible application of knowledge for solving the real world problems. The 21st Century Science Initiative, the foundation's revised program and funding strategy, will award two types of grants in three program areas. The three program areas are Mathematical & Complex Systems Approaches for Brain Cancer Research, Studying Complex Systems, and Understanding Human Cognition. Projects supported through the 21st Century Science Initiative are expected to meet highly selective intellectual standards.