The Power of Science

We explore the very foundations of life for the benefit of all.



The Power of Science

The Campaign for Discovery is the Salk Institute’s seven-year, $750 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. The goal is to attract the people and build the technology and space necessary for innovation in six critical areas: cancer, healthy aging, plant biology, immunobiology, neuroscience, and computational biology. As part of the campaign, we plan to build the new 100,000-square-foot Joan and Irwin Jacobs Science and Technology Center on the east side of our iconic campus.

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"Our greatest responsibility
is to be good ancestors."
-Jonas Salk

When Jonas Salk established the Salk Institute in 1960 with a land grant from the City of San Diego, he invited world-renowned scientists to join him in pursuit of bold, ambitious research. Today, Jonas' vision is realized in labs at the Salk Institute each and every day. The Institute remains at the forefront of scientific discovery, where Salk scientists continue to change the world.

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An Architectural Masterwork

The Salk Institute continues to be acclaimed by architecture critics as one of the world’s boldest structures. Completed in 1965 and now designated a historical site, the Institute fulfills founder Jonas Salk’s vision of a facility with open, unobstructed laboratory interiors set in a dramatic location that inspires creativity among its researchers.

Through education and volunteerism, we share our passion.

Salk Education Outreach serves San Diego county students of all ages through its core programs: Mobile Science Lab, Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars, March of Dimes High School Science Day, and the Ellen Potter Research Connections for Teachers Symposium. These programs are offered at no cost to students, teachers, and schools, thereby reducing economic barriers to high quality STEM education.

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Art & Science

Guided by Jonas Salk’s vision for an environment that would serve as a “crucible for creativity,” the Salk Institute offers a vibrant arts and science calendar with events tailored for general audiences and the research community, as well as docent-led architectural tours.

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Salk’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team is committed to reinforcing the goals of a campus community that broadly engages members and supporters of the Institute in activities and interactions that incorporate excellence, integrity and respect.

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Award-Winning Publications

Salk News highlights our leading-edge research and the people who make it possible. Publications include our award-winning print magazine Inside Salk, a monthly email newsletter, and our podcast, Where Cures Begin.

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