Scialog seeks to accelerate the work of 21st-century transformational science through research, dialog and community.

I am so thankful to have been part of such a special program — valuable collaborations were made and deep questions raised; but above all Scialog created an inspired environment where young scientists were encouraged to pursue ideas that not only would advance existing research areas, but might result in entirely new fields of science.— Scialog Fellow Dan Kasen, UC Berkeley

Scialog supports research, intensive dialog and community building to address scientific challenges of global significance. Within each multi-year initiative, Scialog Fellows collaborate in high-risk discovery research on untested ideas and communicate their progress in annual closed conferences. Intensive discussions identify bottlenecks and encourage innovative approaches. Ultimately Scialog aims to advance human knowledge by empowering a national community of early career scientists with many promising years of research ahead of them. Through the give-and-take of community building, it is the Foundation’s hope that Scialog Fellows grow better equipped to tackle ever more challenging multidisciplinary problems. Success for Scialog Fellows is measured by highly impactful results, ongoing support from private foundations and federal agencies, and, ultimately, scientific breakthroughs. The Scialog process is guided by senior scientists recognized as world-leading researchers in the area of focus. At a glance: Scialog is intended to: 1) support early career faculty to expand research in a focused area of high scientific importance; 2) encourage scientists to form multidisciplinary teams to tackle these critical challenges, and; 3) help transition awardees to obtain further funding for their innovative ideas.

The Scialog program fosters an environment for listening and considering new ideas from a diverse group, with respect for all participants without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or any other aspect of how we identify ourselves other than as fellow scientists.