Scientific Fields

The Kavli Foundation supports four areas of science — astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics. Together, these fields seek answers to some of humanity’s most fundamental scientific questions while creating basic knowledge for a better future. They are also among the most exciting scientific areas in the 21st century, with the promise of discoveries in the near future that – just a relatively short time ago – would have been unimaginable.


How did the universe begin? What are the forces that give it shape? Can life exist elsewhere? With remarkable new technologies, science is now able to trace the faintest of radiation trails into the farthest reaches of space. As we reach farther into sky, we are opening up this formidable frontier. Learn More


Science at the atomic scale, researchers are uncovering the secrets of our micro-universe and, like nature itself, learning how to move atoms for creating new types of materials, smarter computers and, perhaps one day, even miniature machines and new kinds of life aimed at solving today’s insurmountable challenges. Learn More


This is the science of the most complex and advanced product of nature - the human brain. The basis for the development and very existence of the human being, understanding the brain is key not only for understanding who we are, but addressing many deadly debilitating conditions and diseases. Learn More

Theoretical Physics

Knowing no boundaries in the sciences, theoretical physics seeks to explain and predict all manner of physical phenomena - particular phenomena that can’t be explained with traditional experiments. It does so while also seeking to reconcile laws of physics that seem irreconcilable. Is there such a thing as a Theory of Everything? Answering this is just one of the field’s tremendous challenges. Learn More