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Our history

Taking talent to the top” is the approach chosen by the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller nearly 30 years ago to contribute to a better French society and boost France’s influence on the international stage.

Created by a family, the Foundation trusts in people and their capacities, emphasizing initiative, creativity, quality and openness. Its convictions define its spirit and ways of working – in the common interest, not for profit, and with social responsibility in mind.

The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller focuses its actions on three main fields of engagement:

  • Life sciences (scientific research, training and the promotion of scientific culture),
  • The arts (skilled crafts, choral singing and documentary features),
  • Social progress (empowerment, inclusiveness, and strengthening the voluntary sector).

Every year, the Foundation awards prizes and assists projects through donations and highly personalized support. Since its creation in the late 1980s, it has championed 450 laureates and 1,500 projects led by a variety of teams, associations and organizations.

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