JRS Biodiversity Foundation
The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation was created in January 2004 when the nonprofit scientific abstracting company, BIOSIS was sold to Thomson Scientific, now Thomson Reuters. The proceeds from that sale funded our endowment and created a new private foundation to carry on the tradition of making biological knowledge accessible and useful. Our name reflects our current mission to enhance the knowledge of biodiversity for the benefit of life on earth and the historic legacy of the foundation. J.R.S. are the initials of Jacob Robert Schramm, one of the founders of Biological Abstracts that later become BIOSIS.
JRS began grantmaking in 2007. Through 2013, the foundation has committed $11 M to grants that support biodiversity data and knowledge. JRS focuses upon supporting biodiversity informatics that is used to preserve and to sustainably manage biodiversity, especially in those developing economies where it is most threatened. Through the projects it funds, the JRS Biodiversity Foundation works to make biodiversity information more widely available to researchers, local communities, conservation practitioners, policy makers and the public.