LOS ALTOS, Calif., Oct. 17 -- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation issued the following news release:
Today, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation named the 2013 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering, recognizing 16 of the nation's most innovative young scientists and engineers. Each Fellow will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue their research.
"The Packard Foundation believes deeply in the power of science and engineering research and is delighted to support these creative, young scientists. Their independent, exploratory research will generate new knowledge, spark fresh thinking and produce ideas that can improve the human condition," said Lynn Orr, Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor at Stanford University, and Chairman of the Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel.
The Packard Foundation established the Fellowships program in 1988 (http://www.packard.org/what-we-fund/conservation-and-science/packard-fellowships-for-science-and-engineering/grantee-stories/packard-fellowships-celebrate-25-years/) to provide young scientists early in their careers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study. Each year, the Foundation invites 50 universities to nominate two faculty members for consideration. The Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel (http://www.packard.org/what-we-fund/conservation-and-science/packard-fellowships-for-science-and-engineering/fellowships-advisory-panel/), a group of 12 internationally-recognized scientists and engineers, evaluates the nominations and recommends Fellows for approval by the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees.
The program was inspired by David Packard's commitment to strengthen university-based science and engineering programs in the United States, recognizing that the success of the Hewlett-Packard Company, which he cofounded, was derived in large measure from the research and development in university laboratories.
"David Packard believed one of the best ways to make progress as a society and as a nation is to give talented people the resources they need to accomplish their work and then get out of the way to let them do it. That's what we try to do with the Fellowships program," said Orr.
Packard Fellows must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering, and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that are considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.
Over 25 years, the Foundation has awarded $330 million to support 505 scientists and engineers (http://www.packard.org/what-we-fund/conservation-and-science/packard-fellowships-for-science-and-engineering/fellowship-directory/) from 52 top national universities. It is among the nation's largest nongovernmental fellowships, designed to allow maximum flexibility on how the funding is used. Packard Fellows have gone on to receive many additional awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize in Physics; the Fields Medal; the MacArthur Fellowships; and elections to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.