Frontiers Group

Discovery Centers

The Allen Discovery Centers are leadership-driven, compass-guided research centers, often created in partnership with major research organizations and universities. The Allen Discovery Centers offer a unique funding level and mechanism, allowing for a larger-scale impact in their field. The Centers embody our commitment to launching and fostering development of entire new fields in biology—with infinite potential to impact human knowledge and health.

We make patient, long-term commitments to these Centers, typically providing $10 million for the first four years, with the potential to expand in a second four year phase with an additional $10 million, matched by partner support, for a potential total scope of activity of $30 million.

The Allen Discovery Centers interact—with each other, with the Allen Distinguished Investigators, and with the larger community—through a rich network of events and associations. Allen Discovery Center leaders and teams are essential members of our creative, passionate community of explorers.

The Allen Discovery Center at Stanford University

Systems Modeling of Infection

Leader: Markus Covert, Ph.D.



The Allen Discovery Center at UW Medicine

Cell Lineage Tracing

Leader: Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D.


The Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University

Reading and Writing the Morphogenetic Code

Leader: Michael Levin, Ph.D.



The Allen Discovery Center at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Human Brain Evolution

Leader: Christopher A. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.