Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


From the beginning of the Biosecurity program began in 2000 through its conclusion in 2010, the Foundation provided $44.1 million in support for issues related to biosecurity. Our original focus was on preparedness, both for individual citizens and for organizations. We supported a number of important projects, including the development of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s initiative. We underwrote the influential Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, whose mission is to strengthen national security by reducing the risks posed by biological attacks, epidemics, and other destabilizing events, and to improve the nation’s preparedness and response in the face of such events. Our Biosecurity program also addressed issues surrounding dangerous research and the potential misuse of scientific knowledge, methods and materials in the life sciences. In this arena, we funded a number of significant projects, including the landmark Fink committee report: “Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism,” the U.S. National Academies’ International Biosecurity Project and the World Health Organization’s program to raise awareness of the potential for misuse of biotechnology research.

Sloan’s Biosecurity Program has been very successful in bringing attention to the issues and challenges posed by biological threats. When our program began in 2000, the US government funding for strictly biodefense was approximately $50 million. The FY2010 budget is $1.09 billion.

Grantmaking in the Biosecurity program concluded in 2010.

Program Director:
Paula Olsiewski Bio