Richard Lounsbery Foundation
The Richard Lounsbery Foundation is a philanthropic organisation which "aims to enhance national strengths in science and technology" (in the United States) by supporting research projects, science education and key scientific policy issues through seed money or partial support. It "aims to achieve high impact by funding novel projects and forward-looking leaders." It was set up with Richard Lounsbery's family's wealth. David Abshire serves as both a director of the foundation, and as president of the foundation's staff.
The foundation has funded the work of individuals, such as global warming skeptic Fred Singer and philosopher Patrick Gunkel, as well as the Wikimedia Foundation . It has also been listed as one of the top conservative funders of colleges in the United States.
Awards and grants
Awards supported by the foundation include:
- The Richard Lounsbery Award in biology or medicine.
- The France-Amerique Book Award, for the best book on France from the United States, and the best book on the United States from France. Since 1987. 
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