Knowledge in Practice

Sarah DiRoma '19, Luce Scholar, Chemistry major, Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship Program, Research, Labs, in Albertus Magnus Hall. © Providence College.

Amplifying innovative ideas and fostering collaboration to transform our understanding of ourselves and the world.

Knowledge can make a difference in the world, but to do so, it must be in the world, in the hands of those who can make use of it. The Luce Foundation has long supported formal knowledge institutions and the individuals who work in them—scholars, curators, policy researchers, scientists, etc.—and we will continue to do so. At the same time, we are increasingly looking outside of traditional centers of knowledge production for alternative sources of innovation and understanding, including community advocates, Indigenous communities, arts organizations, and media makers.

We define knowledge broadly and support its creation and dissemination in many forms, including journalism, visual art, film and video, educational curricula, policy analysis, community advocacy, and formal scholarship or research.

Those interested in funding opportunities are encouraged to explore the goals and priorities of these programs:

  • American Art – Through support for innovative museum projects, we strengthen the capacity of museums to support critical dialogues about creativity, difference, and common ground. 

  • Asia – We invest in the development of expertise and resources on East and Southeast Asia, promote trust and understanding through scholarly and cultural exchange, and increase awareness of Asian American experiences. 

  • Indigenous Knowledge – We invest in culture bearers who are committed to sharing their work with their communities and other publics, and we strengthen the institutions that support them. 

  • Religion and Theology – We support knowledge makers whose work shapes new thinking about religion’s place in public life, diversifies intellectual inquiry, and promotes more curious and civil public conversations.