The has announced a $10 million grant from the to match donations to an endowment fund established to support NAS programs and policy studies.
The grant will be used to match contributions to the newly established Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment for NAS Missions, which will provide support for efforts aimed at strengthening NAS programs and policy studies on emerging topics before they are widely recognized as major challenges to the nation. The fund is named in honor of the academy's president and his wife.
"This endowed fund will help underpin 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 judgments of science to government and the public," said Ralph Cicerone, who will step down in July after serving two terms as NAS president. "We hope it will provide future presidents with the ability to be proactive in bringing the best of science to bear as new challenges and opportunities emerge."