The John Templeton Foundation sponsors the Map of Life website, a research project that aims to enhance and extend our understanding of evolutionary convergence and its implications for uncovering deep structures in biology.
"The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas engaging life’s biggest questions. These questions range from explorations into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love, gratitude, forgiveness, and creativity.
Our vision is derived from John Templeton’s commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation’s motto “How little we know, how eager to learn” exemplifies our support for open-minded inquiry and our hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries."
The Templeton Foundation grant is administered by the University of Cambridge, within which all work on the Map of Life project takes place.