Beginning in 2016, the TDF Foundation began to directly support technology research initiatives at some of the top universities across the U.S. Our work here is intended to fill a recent void caused by a recent decline in traditional government funding for R&D. Despite the promising ideas and technology emerging from labs, the NSF has reported that federal funding has been on the decline since 2011.

The TDF Foundation is working to close this gap and is currently supporting initiatives at the University of Michigan, MIT, the University of Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Columbia, where we work closely with several cutting edge research centers.

An example of the work we support: MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) “explores how people and businesses will work, interact, and prosper in an era of profound digital transformation.” At MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), researchers are exploring topics “in almost all aspects of computer science, including artificial intelligence, the theory of computation, systems, machine learning, computer graphics, as well as exploring revolutionary new computational methods for advancing healthcare, manufacturing, energy and human productivity.”