The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
Budget 2018-2020: 570 000 €
Like other public policies, policy on research is not immune to the effects of the neoconservative wave: scientific research has seen its role reduced to that of a servant working for economic growth. In the current crisis context, the question being asked is: “what type of research is useful to society?” Scientists also share responsibility for the crisis; some among them question the current system and are working to promote a new form of governance for research. Other ways of approaching scientific activity have thus arisen: participative research, responsible research, whistle-blowers, creation of participative systems for making policy choices, etc.
By supporting these emerging modes of action and organising actors in a network, the foundation encourages internal reflection amongst scientists in the hope it will make research more democratic in character.
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