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Unlocking the secrets of life itself is the driving force behind the Salk Institute. Our team of world-class, award-winning scientists pushes the boundaries of knowledge in areas such as neuroscience, cancer research, aging, immunobiology, plant biology, computational biology, and more. Founded by Jonas Salk, developer of the first safe and effective polio vaccine, the Institute is an independent, nonprofit research organization and architectural landmark: small by choice, intimate by nature, and fearless in the face of any challenge.

The Salk Institute has an “A rating” from the American Institute of Philanthropy's Charity Watch. Salk receives high ratings from this charity watchdog organization for maximizing the performance of every donation.

For eleven consecutive times, the Salk Institute has earned the highest possible ranking from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity and nonprofit evaluator. This exceptional designation is awarded to only 2 percent of over 10,000 nonprofits evaluated, indicating the Institute's exceptional fiscal accountability and transparency.