Speaking Out - From the Pioneer Fund
The source of this document is Almanac.
From the Pioneer Fund
The Pioneer Fund has never sought publicity, but Almanac (3/28 and
4/14) and the Daily Pennsylvanian have printed stories or letters about
us. Unfortunately, these reflect the circulation on your campus of
misinformation. Please permit me to correct this.
The Pioneer Fund does not suggest research projects, it makes
grants only after requests originate from the universities, it does not
monitor the research or even ask for reports, it does not comment on the
results even in cases where it learns of them, it does not have any
publications, it does not makes grants to individual scientists but only
to responsible institutions which do monitor their own scientists, and
it does not take positions on political issues of any kind. The Fund
stays strictly and totally hands off.
Pioneer strives for excellence in research, and Pioneer-funded
science itself is the mainstream, as confirmed by the statement
"Mainstream Science on Intelligence" (Wall St. Journal editorial page,
December 13, 1994) signed by 52 of the nation's leading experts on the
subject from our leading institutions (15 of whom had received Pioneer
support). Indeed the 23 researchers who received Pioneer grants in the
past 10 years are among the most eminent scientists in their respective
fields. Two are among the five most-cited living psychologists in the
world. Most have won awards and honors for research from, among others,
the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, Mensa, Phi Beta Kappa, and the American Psychological
All nine who are members of the APA (and who received two-thirds
of all Pioneer money grants in the past decade) have been elected to
fellow status in that organization for their "outstanding and unusual
contributions" to psychology (an honor held by less than 7% of the APA's
80,000 members). These nine individuals alone have published more than
100 scholarly books and 1,000 scientific articles. Three are on the
editorial board of the academic journal Intelligence. Sixteen Pioneer
grantees are listed in the references of a major current college text on
intelligence. Also a Pioneer scientist won a Nobel prize, another was
elected president of the APA, and still another was selected to give
"The Galton Lecture" at the 1995 Symposium on Intelligence at the
University of Cambridge.
The foregoing is fact. The rumors to the contrary are hogwash.
- Harry F. Weyher, President