We’re delighted to announce our 2016 charity, the SETI Institute. The SETI Institutes mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe, and to apply the knowledge gained to inspire and guide present and future generations. They have a passion for discovery, and for sharing knowledge as scientific ambassadors to the public, the press, and the government. Founded in November 1984 and located in Mountain View, CA, the SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization comprised of three centers: the Center for Education, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Public Outreach.
SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, is an exploratory science that seeks evidence of life in the universe by looking for some signature of its technology. Work at the Center is divided into two areas: Research and Development, and Projects. R&D efforts include the development of new signal processing algorithms, new search technology, and new SETI search strategies that are then incorporated into specific observing projects. The algorithms and technology developed in the lab are first field-tested and then implemented during observing. The observing results are used to guide the development of new hardware, software, and observing facilities. The improved SETI observing projects in turn provide new ideas for research and development. This cycle leads to continuing progress and diversification in their ability to search for extraterrestrial signals.
From 1994 – 2004, the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute was funded entirely by donations from individuals and grants from private foundations. In 2005, a NASA grant was awarded for work on signal detection for the Allen Telescope Array. Donations and non-governmental grants still comprise the vast majority of funding for the Center. For more information on the SETI Institute, visit their website at www.seti.org.