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: Public Library of Science
    amount: $400,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2010

    To develop online hubs as a mechanism for organizing scientific content after it is published

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Peter Jerram

    Founded in 2000, the Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a driving force in the "open access" movement to make the results of scientific research available to everyone. PLoS's vision: a place where anyone from scientists to students to the public could access scientific research online and at no charge. PLoS essentially treats all scientific literature and its associated databases and commentary as a continuous, ever-growing relational database to be explored, mined, and recombined. Under traditional models, scientific papers are sequestered in a specialty, such as Arctic biology, even when the paper might have content equally relevant to marine mammals or molecular ecology. In 2008 and 2009 the Foundation provided grants to PLoS to develop a business plan for creating online "hubs" around scientific and medical subjects and then to create prototypes for subjects of special interest to Sloan, such as DNA barcoding and marine biodiversity. Importantly, PLoS links to all open-access material, not only to material published by PLoS itself. And it will also point to material that is not open-access, even if users may meet frustration in clicking on gated links. The Foundation increasingly sees the concept of PLoS hubs as central to scholarly practice in areas of Foundation interest, including emerging fields such as the microbiology of the indoor environment and Earth's deep carbon. Funds from this grant will support PLoS in the creation of online hubs as a mechanism for organizing scientific content after it is published.

    To develop online hubs as a mechanism for organizing scientific content after it is published

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $300,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2010

    As partial support for project to assess the health of U.S. research universities

    • Program Initiatives
    • Investigator Peter Henderson

    This grant would provide partial support for a proposed 18-month National Academies study to assess the financial, organizational, and intellectual health of U.S. research universities. This assessment has been requested by a bipartisan group of four influential members of Congress: Senators Barbara Mikulski and Lamar Alexander, and Representatives Bart Gordon and Ralph Hall. Research universities are central to most Sloan programs and the Foundation has a longstanding interest in their financial, organizational, and intellectual strength. The health of many of these institutions is arguably in question now, due to the severe fiscal problems faced by most state governments that have led to sharp budget stringencies on public research universities, and the parallel endowment declines and other financial challenges being faced by private research universities. Funds from this grant represent 20 percent of the total study budget of $1.5 million.

    As partial support for project to assess the health of U.S. research universities

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $192,784
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To create a two-year pilot to establish an annual Sloan Grand Jury Prize for the Best Student Science Screenplay and to develop this script through the Tribeca/Sloan Filmmaker Fund

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

    This grant to the Tribeca Film Institute will fund a pilot program to establish an annual Grand Jury Prize award for the single best student screenplay among the Foundation's six film school partners and to develop that script towards production. The aim of the award is to stimulate greater interest and excitement among the participating film schools and film students by awarding a "best of the best" prize and by fast-tracking the winning project for development so it becomes a major career opportunity for the winner. If successful, the award promises to lift the visibility and prestige of both of the winning filmmaker, his school, and the Sloan Film program as a whole.

    To create a two-year pilot to establish an annual Sloan Grand Jury Prize for the Best Student Science Screenplay and to develop this script through the Tribeca/Sloan Filmmaker Fund

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  • grantee: American Museum of the Moving Image
    amount: $239,631
    city: Astoria, NY
    year: 2010

    To showcase award-winning student films and to maintain a go-to site for all Sloan film and television projects and for all Sloan Film Program participants

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Carl Goodman

    This grant supports the continued operation of the Sloan Science and Film website, scienceandfilm.org. Hosted and operated by the American Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), America's leading film museum, the site showcases student films produced by the Foundation's film school partners and provides a synopsis of all film projects under development with the Foundation's six film school and four film festival partners, promoting the Sloan Film program while serving as a key resource for program participants. The MoMI website remains an essential component of the Sloan Film program and the nearest thing to one-stop shopping for those seeking to learn about the program in all its aspects. The site has approximately 50 award-winning Sloan films available in their entirety for live streaming, making it an up-to-date showcase and a constantly evolving cinematheque for science film shorts. In addition, the site has an interactive directory that lists and describes every winning student screenplay and film, and includes every film project under development with our four main partners: Sundance, Hamptons, Tribeca and Film Independent. The MoMI Sloan Science and Film website remains a unique, state-of-the art feature that very few non-profit programs, or even for-profit film companies, can boast.

    To showcase award-winning student films and to maintain a go-to site for all Sloan film and television projects and for all Sloan Film Program participants

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $4,050,463
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2010

    To fund new obligations incurred in the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership Program from July 1, 2010 through July 1, 2011

    • Program Higher Education
    • Initiative Minority Ph.D.
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Aileen Walter

    The National Action Council for Miniorities in Engineering (NACME) has been the Foundation's longtime partner in its grantmaking in the Education for Underrepresented Groups program, administering both the Minority Ph.D. program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership. NACME receives applications, selects students for scholarships, administers awards, and supports recruitment efforts by participating faculty. This grant funds new obligations in these programs incurred from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. Funds will be used to provide scholarships to newly accepted minority Ph.D. students in both programs, support efforts to recruit new students, and support established "feeder" programs at North Carolina A&T and the University of Puerto Rico that have proven successful in graduating minority students who go on to graduate study in science and engineering.

    To fund new obligations incurred in the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership Program from July 1, 2010 through July 1, 2011

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  • grantee: University of Arizona
    amount: $144,540
    city: Tucson, AZ
    year: 2010

    To fund, for an additional three years, the recruitment and retention portion of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership at the University of Arizona

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Maria Velez

    The University of Arizona was the first campus to participate in the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership and it remains the flagship of the program. Funds from this grant will support the University's efforts to recruit qualified indigenous students to its program, and to provide the resources and institutional support necessary to meet the needs of students from indigenous or tribal backgrounds. Providing such support is a crucial component of enabling indigenous students to successfully complete graduate work, and the University of Arizona anticipates that through its efforts, degree completion among supported students will exceed 90%, an estimate consistent with its record thus far

    To fund, for an additional three years, the recruitment and retention portion of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership at the University of Arizona

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  • grantee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    amount: $250,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2010

    To examine the effects of globalization on U.S. domestic regulatory policies, compliance, and economics in biopharmaceutical product manufacturing

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Anthony Sinskey

    The use of biopharmaceutical products has increased greatly over the past twenty years and is expected to continue to increase in volume and importance in years to come. Like many other manufacturing operations, there has been a substantial increase in the globalization of biopharmaceutical production within the last five to ten years. The FDA, the Government Accountability Office, and Congress are well aware of the challenges and tradeoffs involved when industries globalize, and in response the FDA has adjusted its inspection policies and practices. Funds from this grant will support a multidisciplinary team of researchers based at MIT's Center for Biomedical Innovation and led by Georgetown University Professor Jeffrey Macher, in their work to study how globalization has changed regulatory practice surrounding the production and distribution of biopharmaceuticals.

    To examine the effects of globalization on U.S. domestic regulatory policies, compliance, and economics in biopharmaceutical product manufacturing

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  • grantee: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Inc.
    amount: $1,701,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To commission, develop, produce and disseminate new science plays in New York and across the country

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Theater
    • Investigator William Carden

    The Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), recently voted the leading developmental theater company in New York and the number-two-ranked developmental theater in the United States, is the flagship of Sloan's theater program. This grant will provide three more years of support for the theatre's ongoing program to commission, develop, produce, and disseminate new science plays in New York and across the country. EST continues to be a powerful engine for new science plays. In addition to three outstanding Mainstage Productions at their storied 52nd Street home-Lucy, End Days and Lenin's Embalmers-EST has presented or sponsored 16 play readings and 12 play workshops, as well as a studio production at EST and a satellite production at P.S. 122. The Ensemble Studio Theatre continues to generate an enormous volume of quality science plays that have broadened the public's understanding of science and technology and helped narrow the gap between the two cultures in innovative ways.

    To commission, develop, produce and disseminate new science plays in New York and across the country

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  • grantee: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    amount: $124,968
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2010

    To support infrastructure and business planning activities of CrisisCommons

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Investigator David Rejeski

    To support infrastructure and business planning activities of CrisisCommons

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  • grantee: University of Washington
    amount: $6,800
    city: Seattle, WA
    year: 2010

    To partially fund a meeting of engineering deans who participated in the Project to Assess Climate in Engineering

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Suzanne Brainard

    To partially fund a meeting of engineering deans who participated in the Project to Assess Climate in Engineering

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