Grants Database

The Foundation awards approximately 200 grants per year (excluding the Sloan Research Fellowships), totaling roughly $80 million dollars in annual commitments in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. This database contains grants for currently operating programs going back to 2008. For grants from prior years and for now-completed programs, see the annual reports section of this website.

Grants Database

Grantee
Amount
City
Year
  • grantee: St. Olaf College
    amount: $19,500
    city: Northfield, MN
    year: 2011

    To develop a new community of practice on evidenced? based design for the planning of undergraduate learning spaces

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Jeanne Narum

    To develop a new community of practice on evidenced? based design for the planning of undergraduate learning spaces

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  • grantee: East Carolina University
    amount: $1,499,989
    city: Greenville, NC
    year: 2011

    To develop the Deep Carbon Observatory's Deep Life Directorate

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Matthew Schrenk

    Established in June 2009, the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) aims to address two fundamental issues: the origins, abundance, and distribution of hydrocarbons (including so-called fossil fuels) and the origins of life, for which carbon is the key element. The DCO has organized itself into four "directorates", each tasked with executing a different element of the DCO's ambitious research agenda. In October 2010, the Foundation supported the launch of the DCO's first directorate, on deep life. Funds from this two-year grant will provide support for the continuation and expansion of this directorate's research agenda. The overarching theme of the Deep Life Directorate is understanding microbial transformations in rock-hosted deep subsurface habitats. Over the next two years, researchers organized by the directorate plan to survey the extent and diversity of subsurface microbial communities, catalogue microbial activities relative to their environmental context, and identify relationships between deep subsurface microbial processes and carbon fluxes. Several innovative approaches are planned. For example, Deep Life researchers will lower incubation chambers filled with pre-characterized mineral substrates into boreholes and fracture systems and then observe and measure what ensues. In surface labs, researchers will examine cells that tolerate temperatures above 100 degrees centigrade and pressures approaching 20,000 atmospheres.

    To develop the Deep Carbon Observatory's Deep Life Directorate

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $749,990
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2011

    To develop new science and technology films for production and to showcase science and technology films and hold panels and readings at Tribeca

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Beth Janson

    Funds from this grant provide two years of funding to the Tribeca Film Institute for its ongoing efforts to support films and filmmakers that explore scientific and technological themes. With Sloan Foundation support, the Institute will annually award up to $140,000, in grants from $10,000 to $40,000, to compelling narrative filmmaking that explores scientific, mathematical, and technological themes and storylines, or that features a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, innovator or mathematician. In addition to such financial support, Tribeca provides selected filmmakers with professional guidance and mentorship, including project notes, networking assistance, and exposure to financing and distribution executives. Funds from this grant also support a series of high profile events at the Tribeca Film Festival, including a screening and discussion series, readings of in-progress scripts exploring scientific and technological themes, and an awards ceremony and reception honoring winning filmmakers.

    To develop new science and technology films for production and to showcase science and technology films and hold panels and readings at Tribeca

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  • grantee: Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
    amount: $463,426
    city: Brookline, MA
    year: 2011

    To support Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen series and expand it with small grants to 40 theaters nationwide

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Denise Kasell

    In 2010, the Foundation supported a pilot program based at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to support film screenings and subsequent science discussions at art house theaters across the country. That effort, Science on Screen, was successfully piloted at eight independent theaters across the country. Funds from this grant will enable the series to be expanded to include up to 40 theaters over the next two years. Coolidge will prepare a syllabus that includes film programming suggestions, speakers, case studies, and marketing and outreach guidelines and will conduct a major outreach seminar at the Art House Convergence, the largest gathering of art house cinema managers in the country, which convenes annually just before the Sundance Film Festival. Independent theaters who successfully apply to be part of the Coolidge effort will receive $7,000 stipends to help create their own Science on Screen series, which must include a minimum of three screenings or science-themed events during the year. In addition, Coolidge will coordinate a national Science on Screen day, organizing same-day screenings at all participating theaters.

    To support Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen series and expand it with small grants to 40 theaters nationwide

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  • grantee: Brooklyn Academy of Music
    amount: $600,000
    city: Brooklyn, NY
    year: 2011

    To produce a feature-length documentary on Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's historic opera, Einstein on the Beach, and distribute it for international theatrical release and domestic television broadcast

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Karen Hopkins

    Funds from this grant to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will support the development, production, and broadcast of a feature-length documentary on the Philip Glass opera, Einstein on the Beach. The documentary will explore the intersection of Einstein's life and legacy with the making of the opera.

    To produce a feature-length documentary on Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's historic opera, Einstein on the Beach, and distribute it for international theatrical release and domestic television broadcast

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  • grantee: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.
    amount: $1,500,000
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2011

    For high quality on-air and online coverage on PBS's NewsHour to enhance economic and financial literacy

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Linda Winslow

    This grant provides continued support for enhanced coverage of economic and financial topics on The PBS NewsHour. Through its recurring weekly segment, Making Sen$e with Paul Solman, the NewsHour aims to produce and broadcast at least 60 on-air segments over the next two years covering economic and financial topics. Additional funds from this grant will support a host of complementary web activities, including the production of at least 60 web-only videos on economic topics, continued operation of an online "Q&A desk" where Solman answers questions from readers, the development of a free iPad app allowing iPad users to easily access NewsHour economics content, and the production of syllabi, lesson plans, and other materials to facilitate the use of NewsHour segments in American classrooms.

    For high quality on-air and online coverage on PBS's NewsHour to enhance economic and financial literacy

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  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $308,028
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2011

    To investigate the structure and performance of labor markets in the aftermath of the Great Recession

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Alexandre Mas

    Funds from this grant support a project by economists Alexandre Mas of Princeton University and David Card of University of California, Berkeley to advance our understanding of unemployment and the behavior of labor markets in the aftermath of the October 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent U.S. recession. With support from Sloan Foundation funds, Mas and Card will commission a dozen papers from distinguished researchers about key microeconomic aspects of the current unemployment predicament. Topics to be explored include how the recession changed current and future employment patterns, why employment has yet to significantly rebound, and what effects long-term effects prolonged unemployment have on workers' welfare and human capital. In addition, the grant will fund efforts to disseminate the commissioned work, including the publication of the papers in a special edition of a peer-reviewed journal, and a forum in Washington aimed at communicating research results to policymakers.

    To investigate the structure and performance of labor markets in the aftermath of the Great Recession

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  • grantee: Planetwork NGO, Inc.
    amount: $20,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2011

    To support a workshop on reputation systems and web annotation

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Dan Whaley

    To support a workshop on reputation systems and web annotation

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  • grantee: University of Rhode Island
    amount: $48,230
    city: Kingston, RI
    year: 2011

    To analyze and recommend public engagement strategy for the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Sara Hickox

    To analyze and recommend public engagement strategy for the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: Friends of the International Mathematical Union
    amount: $73,000
    city: Providence, RI
    year: 2011

    To bring international participants, perspectives, and potential partners to the planning of a Mathematical Heritage Library

    • Program Science
    • Investigator Ingrid Daubechies

    To bring international participants, perspectives, and potential partners to the planning of a Mathematical Heritage Library

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