Programs of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation are directed towards (1) extending and applying Jonas Salk’s scientific and philosophical vision towards solution of ongoing problems confronting humanity, (2) participating and assisting with educational programs and projects, and (3) organizing and making available the collections of Jonas Salk’s papers, historical artifacts and related materials.

Programs in these three areas include:


BeyondPolio is a collaborative program and designated fund of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, undertaken in conjunction with Spencer Trask & Co. BeyondPolio aims to assist the global effort to eradicate polio and maintain success once eradication is achieved.  BeyondPolio is focused on reducing the cost and facilitating the use of the inactivated poliovirus vaccine, developed by Jonas Salk and his colleagues, which may play an important role in the final stages of the global polio eradication effort.  BeyondPolio is using prize-based innovation challenges to attract new creative approaches to this mission.  Further discussion and background is available on the BeyondPolio website (

Centenary of Jonas Salk’s Birth in 2014

The Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation will work together with other institutions and organizations to plan events for the centenary year of Jonas Salk’s birth in 2014.  The objective of this program will be to maximize the educational value of this year with respect to applying insights and contributions derived from Jonas Salk’s life, work and thinking towards the understanding and solution of ongoing challenges confronting humanity, in various realms.

Archival Work

A major portion of the collection of Jonas Salk’s papers is on deposit with the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego.  The Foundation intends to assist with completing the cataloging of this collection, with digitizing selected portions of the archive, and with making the materials available to researchers and the public.  Funds will be sought to compile a comprehensive catalog of photographs and audio and video recordings relating to Jonas Salk, referencing resources available at the University of Pittsburgh, the March of Dimes, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Mandeville Special Collections Library, and private collections.