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The Noyce Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-04-15

At A Glance

The Noyce Foundation

419 S. San Antonio Rd., Ste. 213

Los Altos, CA United States 94022-3640

Telephone: (650) 856-2600


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $80,217,900

Total giving: $49,067,574






Established in 1990 in CA - Founded by the Noyce family in 1990 to honor the memory and legacy of the late Dr. Robert N. Noyce, scientist and co-inventor of the microchip. Because of his interest and background in science, the foundation’s original purpose was to increase the numbers of students at every stage along the K-12 education pipeline who have the fundamental skills, knowledge, and interest to pursue further study leading to a career in science or technology. Along with addressing a wide variety of other issues, they strive to provide policymakers with compelling research-based evidence about the link between professional development and student achievement in order to influence decisions regarding investments in professional development and education. Dr. Noyce is the co-founder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is dedicated to stimulating ideas and supporting initiatives designed to produce significant improvement in teaching and learning in mathematics and science in grades K-12.

Program Area(s)

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

Human Capital

The program supports major R&D efforts by quality national organizations to create new models for the recruitment, compensation, development, evaluation, and accountability of school principals and teachers as well as district and other leaders.


The foundation supports the professional development of school and district leaders. It aims to create concrete examples of powerful leadership and improved academic achievement within a system-wide context. Its goal in the area of Teacher and Leadership Development is to raise the quality and quantity of teachers and administrative leaders in order to improve student achievement.


The foundation aims to improve teaching and learning in mathematics with the goal of developing conceptual understanding and high levels of mathematical skill in all students, kindergarten through algebra.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan to a company that develops tools and strategies to help students learn as well as tools for educators and administrators to use over an internet based platform.


The goal is to support the informal science community to develop work that addresses the gaps that exist in outcomes measurement, research and evaluation, program scale up, leadership development, policy issues, and pathways or pipeline design.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $80,217,900 (market value)

Expenditures: $49,354,945

Total giving: $49,067,574

Qualifying distributions: $50,451,190