Commercial Partners

We work closely with companies in many of our projects. In particular, we have collaborated with commercial partners in the development of our client, core, and backend server software.

Intel (2001-2002)

One of our earliest partners was Intel, who helped fund part of Folding@home through it’s Philanthropic Peer-to-peer Program.

Google (2001-2003)

Google participated in Folding@home via it’s Google Compute client for FAH. Google compute was built into the Google toolbar, thus making it very easy for people to run Folding@home — no installation, just say “yes” when asked.

Sony (2005-2012, 2014-present)

We collaborated with Sony on the Folding@home software for the PlayStation 3. This included all the components largely from scratch, especially optimizing the scientific code to run efficiently on a PS3. The result was a really beautiful client with great performance. In late 2014, we again partnered with Sony and released an Android Mobile client in early 2015.

ATI (2005-present)

We’ve been working with ATI for quite a while on our GPU core. This started with GPU1 and has carried over to GPU2.

NVIDIA (2007-present)

We’ve been working with NVIDIA on the GPU2 port for NVIDIA hardware. In a collaboration between NVIDIA personnel (Scott LeGrand) the Folding@home team, we have ported and optimized our code to CUDA.

Cauldron Development (2007-present)

We have been working with Cauldron Development ( to rewrite the FAH server code from scratch. This should make our code much more reliable and easier to extend. This is the software foundation for the next 10 years of the Folding@home project.

Stonehopper (2011-present)

We’ve gotten design help from Stonehopper ( in our web page revamping that was released in 2012.

Funding and Support

There are several organizations which fund our work:


Most notably, a large bulk of our funding comes from the United States’ National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). We also thank (in alphabetical order) Apple, ATI, Dell, Google, Intel, and Sony for their support over the years. Finally, we have been supported by NIH Roadmap centers Simbios and the Protein Folding Nanomedicine Center.

More specifically, the implicit solvation work (Tinker) is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (R01GM62868-01). Our Gromacs work (i.e. our research on the role of water in protein folding) was recently supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our work on the comparison between force fields was supported by the ACS PRF (36028-AC4). The education pages were supported by the NSF MRSEC CPIMA (DMR-9808677), which paid for Freedom High School teacher Tug Sezen to spend a summer in our lab developing a Folding@home-based curriculum and supporting web pages. The GPU and PS3 work has been in part supported by Simbios (supported by the National Institutes of Health through the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research Grant U54 GM072970).

We have recently gotten a generous grant in hardware discounts from Dell, which will allow us to revamp our Folding@home server backend. We would also like to thank Google for their support through the Google Compute program. We also thank Intel for their help in the past through the Intel Philanthropic Peer-to-peer Program. We’d like to thank Apple for their continued support, especially with the development of our OS X client and development of Gromacs for OS X. Finally, we’d like to thank Stanford University for their support of Folding@home through grants from the Internet 2 program, the Office of Technological Licensing, and an award of a Terman Fellowship to Prof. Pande.