Beckley Foundation

The Beckley Foundation is one of the leading voices that has spurred the scientific renaissance of psychedelics research. Led by Amanda Fielding, the NGO funds research and engages with politicians.

The Beckley Foundation

“The Beckley Foundation pioneers psychedelic research to drive evidence-based drug policy reform, founded and directed by Amanda Feilding as a UK-based think-tank and NGO.”

The work done by the Beckley Foundation focuses on two areas:

  1. Investigate the effects of psychedelics (e.g. through the funding of studies done in cooperation with others, see below)
  2. Change policies around the world (by presenting the research and engaging with politicians)


First founded as The Foundation to Further Consciousness in 1996, the name changed to the Beckley Foundation in 1998.

It has been at the forefront of global drug policy reform and scientific research ever since.

One underlying goal of the foundation is to further our understanding of consciousness. And that as a goal to better harness (psychedelics to) improve the human condition.

Read more about Amanda’s (and the foundations) history here.

Key Staff

  • Amanda Feilding – Founder and Director
  • Valerie Bonnelle – Scientific Officer
  • Vivian Kear – Office Manager/PA
  • Sasha Frost – Content Manager
  • Alex Blanchard – Communications Officer
  • Hattie Wells – Policy Project Coordinator


The Beckley Foundation works together with many others around the world. In many cases, they are the first to sponsor a study into psychedelics and break through conventions.

The Beckley Foundation also has recently spun off a for-profit company Beckley Psytech that aims to develop psychedelics as medicines.

They also sponsor events that includes ICPR among others.

Company Information

Beckley Foundation Website

January, 1998


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