The Stavros Niarchos Foundation – David Rockefeller River Campus

In November of 2014, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and David Rockefeller made landmark pledges of $75 million each to fund the Stavros Niarchos Foundation – David Rockefeller River Campus (SNF-DR) project. This initiative will add two acres and a number of new buildings to The Rockefeller University campus in New York City, which currently occupies 14 acres on the East River, Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects the new campus will modernize the university’s research facilities, providing its world-class faculty with new state-of-the-art laboratories.

In addition to new research facilities, the extension will add to the University’s current infrastructure a dining commons, an academic and a conference center, and will also improve significantly the adjacent to campus public esplanade. The new campus will renew and strengthen the University’s renowned collaborative research mission by creating, among other things, additional lab space, and will allow the institution to expand its critical efforts to disseminate science to a much broader audience, since the new campus will provide RU with the facilities necessary for the establishment of robust public programming.

Referred to by The Rockefeller University’s President, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, as the University’s “most ambitious building campaign since the 1950’s”, construction on SNF-DR began in the fall of 2015, and will be completed in 2019.

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SNF’s pledge towards the new campus is the culmination of the Foundation’s long and extensive commitment to a world-class academic institution, defined by excellence. Since 2001, the Foundation has provided substantial support to the University for a number of projects, including the Rockefeller University Women and Science Initiative, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellowships, the SNF Core Facilities Initiative that supports the coordinated purchase of new equipment for several of the Core Facilities that provide specialized services to scientists at Rockefeller University and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and for the Clinical Scholars Program, through the establishment of an endowment, that provides for the training of physician-scientists and doctoral-level Ph.D. investigators in clinical and patient-oriented research.

Rockefeller University ( was founded in 1901. The University embraced a rigorous and collaborative cross-disciplinary culture from the very beginning that has allowed its distinguished faculty to make significant contributions in the sciences and medicine. Since inception, RU faculty has won 24 Nobel Prizes, 22 Lasker Awards and 20 National Medals of Science. 

Brochure on the SNF-DR Campus