FootPrint Coalition's Science Engine is a hub where leading scientists can share their research and engage directly with our audience to support it. Our platform, powered by Experiment.com, provides fast grants to individual researchers working on technologies combating our climate and biodiversity crises. The research is selected from esteemed partners, whom we call "Science Leads," to spearhead these efforts in vitally important fields.
IN YOUR FIELD:
...AI tools to interpret non-human communication and facilitate interaction.
"This emerging field presents remarkable opportunities to reshape our understanding of other species and ourselves, and to reimagine how we relate to one another.
-SCIENCE LEADS MADDIE CUSIMANO AND SARA KEEN
...build and/or test new, inexpensive tools for science.
"Examples of low-cost tools for science include Foldscope, FieldKit, and the Cubesat standard."
-SCIENCE LEADS SHANNON DOSEMAGEN and JENNY MOLLOY
...remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air.
"Whether via a new technology approach or an advanced measurement technique, our aim is to accelerate the reduction of atmospheric CO2."
-SCIENCE LEADS MERRITT DAILEY AND PAUL REGINATO
...is the study of fungi, a group that includes the mushrooms and yeasts.
"Fungi are for our ecosystems what an operating system is for a computer..."
-SCIENCE LEAD ANTONI GANDIA
...is the production of agricultural products such as meat, milk, and eggs from cell cultures rather than whole animals.
"In the spirit of emergent strategy, we're reinventing all of our grant programs…in order to keep pushing for radical change we have to keep reinventing ourselves."
-SCIENCE LEAD ISHA DATAR
...seeks to empower the Indigenous researchers and innovators asking the most pressing questions and bringing that knowledge into action.
"While there is wide interest in both Indigenous knowledge systems and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and geoengineering, their funding remains siloed. To my knowledge this is the first program that recombines these interests, and empowers Indigenous researchers to fund each other in a peer-to-peer fashion. This infrastructure will support Indigenous innovation for more sustainable futures."
- SCIENCE LEAD KEOLU FOX
...are needed to put science and scientific tools into the hands of populations and communities with environmental hazards and health issues.
"If we’re going to have a better response to biological disasters or the next climate or technological disaster, we have to understand how racism plays a major role in our policies...[and] invest in transformative change where we make communities healthier, more viable ecosystems."
-SCIENCE LEAD SACOBY WILSON
...means new biotechnologies to understand, monitor, and sometimes intervene in ecosystems around the world.
"We need to start using all of our powers for the good of the planet. Biotechnologies made for human medicines can and should be used to help heal nature."
-SCIENCE LEADS BRIDGET BAUMGARTNER AND RYAN PHELAN
...using artificial intelligence could help us find the next big environmental breakthrough faster than we could on our own.
"We want to help unlock the potential of a diverse scientific community, using data-driven methods to find 'hidden gem' technologies and researchers. We hope to find the most innovative and impactful projects, regardless of the institution they are affiliated with, or how connected they are."
-SCIENCE LEAD JAMES WEIS