Templeton, Moore Foundations Award Black Hole Initiative $7.2 Million

Templeton, Moore Foundations Award Black Hole Initiative $7.2 Million

The John Templeton Foundation, in partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, has announced a $7.2 million grant in support of the Black Hole Initiative at Harvard University.

With each foundation providing $3.6 million over three years, the funding will support the operations of the global scientific project and enable it to build on the recent successes of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, which in 2019 released the first-ever image of a black hole. The funding also will support completion of a feature-length documentary about the scientific collaboration that resulted in the image and how scientists grapple with and gain insight into the mysteries of the universe.

Established in 2016 with a $7.2 million grant from the Templeton Foundation, BHI supports an interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and philosophers.

"The Black Hole Initiative is full of current and future leaders in black-hole research," said Matthew Walhout, vice president for natural sciences at the the Templeton Foundation. "Along with the Moore Foundation, we are thrilled to be able to support these pioneers as they continue to put fundamental concepts to the test, stretch scientific creativity, and spark popular interest in the profound questions raised by black holes."

(Photo credit: Black Hole Initiative)

"Beyond the First Glimpse: Extending Harvard's Black Hole Initiative." John Templeton Foundation Press Release 01/14/2020.