National Academy of Sciences

To sustain the Science and Entertainment Exchange and the role of science and science consultants in Hollywood and to provide programming and science advisors for the Sloan Film Program

  • Amount $499,995
  • City Washington, DC
  • Investigator Ann Merchant
  • Year 2020
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Film

Launched by the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 with Sloan support, the Science and Entertainment Exchange (the Exchange), is an ongoing program to increase the quality of scientific content in American film through providing directors, producers, and other Hollywood film executives with access to high quality consulting by real working scientists and researchers. Providing more than 250 consultations a year, the Exchange works to ensure accuracy when science is used in film and television, seeds new ideas within Hollywood by exposing creative and industry professionals to new scientific content, and acts as a well of professional advice across a wide range of scientific topics. This grant provides support for the Exchange for a period of three years, including funds to support science consultations, help expand and diversify the Exchange’s roster of more than 3,000 science consultants, create up to six videos targeting an online audience, and launch a new monthly series of online events designed to highlight successful industry-scientist partnerships fostered by the program.  

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