Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation
The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation is a U. S. philanthropic foundation established by Peter and Patricia Gruber and based in the U.S. Virgin Islands with offices in New York City.
The foundation has two major activities. The International Prize Program awards five Gruber Prizes on an annual basis:
- Gruber Prize in Cosmology first awarded in 2000
- Gruber Prize in Genetics first awarded in 2001
- Gruber Prize in Neuroscience first awarded in 2004
- Gruber Prize for Justice first awarded in 2001
- Gruber Prize for Women's Rights first awarded in 2003
The prizes, which are awarded to prominent scientists, social scientists, and jurists in these subjects, provide a gold medal and a cash award of $500,000. These prizes are awarded with the co-sponsorship of major scientific organizations.
There are also awards for early career scientists: International Astronomical Union Fellowships, Society for Neuroscience Fellowships, the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award to a young woman geneticist given in cooperation with the Genetics Society of America and the American Society for Human Genetics, and the Peter and Patricia Gruber Awards at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel for scientists there.
The other main sphere of activity is the development of educational, cultural, and social services in the Virgin Islands. This includes a "Laws of Life " essay contest at the four high schools on the Islands.