Our Funders

Financial support for the Best Practices in Science Organization is provided by three organizations:

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS)


Founded in 1954, The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences has hosted scholars in the social sciences at Stanford University for over 60 years. Fellows at CASBS have worked on projects in existing fields of study such as medicine, education, electoral politics, Third World development, and crime prevention, and have also created new disciplines like cognitive science, behavioral economics, and the sociology of urban poverty.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


The Hewlett Foundation was formed in 1966 and supports efforts locally and worldwide to address issues such as poverty, climate change, education, reproductive rights, and the disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Foundation’s five main programs are the Education Program, the Environment Program, the Global Development and Population Program, the Performing Arts Program, and the Effective Philanthropy Group.

The Fetzer Franklin Fund


The Fetzer Franklin Fund focuses on foundational questions at the frontiers of physics, biology, and consciousness research. In addition, the Fund supports work that re-examines the foundations of science, including scientific methodologies for both conventional and frontier research.

Meta-Research Innovation Center At Stanford (METRICS)

Launched in April 2014 with a founding grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) is a research to action center focused on transforming research practices to improve the quality of scientific studies in biomedicine and beyond. METRICS, a center within SPECTRUM, fosters multi-disciplinary research collaborations to help produce solutions that increase the effectiveness and value of scientific investigation.