G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation Grant

G. Vetlesen Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $1,000,000

Next deadline: Apr 30, 2020 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Oct 31, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: The review process for grant applications takes approximately 4-6 weeks. Applicants will be contacted with a response via email by the Foundation within that review period. If the application is met with a positive response, the Foundation will request a detailed proposal and, if helpful, schedule a meeting with the prospective grantee. 

If an applicant receives a direct invitation from the Foundation to submit a full grant proposal, proposals should be received by the "full proposal" deadlines above.


Voluntarily aiding and contributing to scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history and its relation to the universe.


Georg Unger Vetlesen was born in the seaport city of Oslo, the son of a well-known Norwegian surgeon. From his early years, he loved the sea, and at the age of 11, he signed on as a crew member on a ship bound for Copenhagen.

Later, he studied in England, earning degrees in naval architecture and mechanical engineering from the Imperial Institute of London, and worked with a British shipbuilding firm. In 1913 the young Vetlesen went to Canada where he worked as a miner. In 1916 he came to the United States, which henceforth was his permanent home. He was in the shipbuilding business for many years.

After the war, Mr. Vetlesen served as president and chairman of the United States company representing the Norwegian American Line, and he was a founder and chairman of the board of Scandinavian Airlines System, Inc., which began transatlantic operations in 1946. One of his main tasks during his later years was to help make a smooth-running organization of a company with three owners: Sweden, Denmark and Norway. His contributions to this end were remarkable.

G. Unger Vetlesen established the foundation which bears his name shortly before his death in 1955. In addition to the Vetlesen Prize, the foundation provides support in the Earth sciences for institutions of excellence.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation funds only those organizations that are qualified to receive charitable grants under the United States Internal Revenue Code and applicable regulations.
  • Organizations applying for a grant must have received an IRS determination letter.


  • The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.
  • The foundation does not make grants to organizations with a fiscal sponsor or whose tax-exempt status is pending.