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: Brigham Young University
    amount: $39,926
    city: Provo, UT
    year: 2010

    For an analytic review of research on aging and work in the academy

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Michael Ransom

    For an analytic review of research on aging and work in the academy

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  • grantee: Clean Air Task Force
    amount: $10,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2010

    To plan a full scale study of US energy efficiency potential on the building and industrial sector

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Steven Brick

    To plan a full scale study of US energy efficiency potential on the building and industrial sector

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  • grantee: University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $125,000
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2010

    To explore the opportunities and obstacles to the growth of natural gas as a primary energy source

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Initiative Shale Gas
    • Investigator Scott Tinker

    To explore the opportunities and obstacles to the growth of natural gas as a primary energy source

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  • grantee: University of Missouri, Columbia
    amount: $25,000
    city: Columbia, MO
    year: 2010

    For the Committee of Concerned Journalists to host an inaugural meeting and produce a white paper on shortcomings in media coverage of the recession and to suggest ways for greater depth of coverage for financial issues

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Mark Carter

    For the Committee of Concerned Journalists to host an inaugural meeting and produce a white paper on shortcomings in media coverage of the recession and to suggest ways for greater depth of coverage for financial issues

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  • grantee: Yale University
    amount: $25,047
    city: New Haven, CT
    year: 2010

    To provide partial support for the 2010 Sloan-Swartz Meeting on Computational Neuroscience

    • Program Science
    • Investigator Xiao-Jing Wang

    To provide partial support for the 2010 Sloan-Swartz Meeting on Computational Neuroscience

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  • grantee: American Indian College Fund
    amount: $100,000
    city: Denver, CO
    year: 2010

    To increase the number of faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities possessing a Ph.D. in mathematics, natural science, or engineering

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Dennis Carder

    To increase the number of faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities possessing a Ph.D. in mathematics, natural science, or engineering

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  • grantee: Science Festival Foundation
    amount: $45,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2009

    To develop an educational outreach initiative for the World Science Festival

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Tracy Day

    To develop an educational outreach initiative for the World Science Festival

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  • grantee: The Brookings Institution
    amount: $605,347
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    For an annual and independent forum that will identify, analyze, discuss, and promote options for international monetary reform

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Eswar Prasad

    Multinational financial organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can sometimes become insular, politicized, ponderous, and unaccountable. That is why Raghuram Rajan from the University of Chicago and Barry Eichengreen from the University of California, Berkeley, plan on establishing an independent "Council on International Monetary Reform" (CIMR) to monitor, advise, consult with, and critique the IMF. These two professors are among the world's most respected and engaged authorities on international financial and monetary economics. The CIMR will consist of fewer than 18 members representing a balanced variety of countries, ideologies, and economic approaches. The grant budget provides for a CIMR planning conference followed by three annual meetings. The Council will interact with senior IMF officials, with attendees at the main IMF meetings each fall, and with the media as well. Establishing this CIMR is just one component of the Sloan Foundation's developing initiative on international financial regulation. The goal of this entire initiative is to inform, prepare, and eventually institute significant reforms of the international financial and monetary system.

    For an annual and independent forum that will identify, analyze, discuss, and promote options for international monetary reform

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  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $349,324
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2009

    To stimulate new academic research on global aspects of the financial crisis and "Great Recession"

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Kristin Forbes

    Surprisingly few ideas from the field of international economics have turned out to be useful either in the run-up to the recent financial upheaval or in its aftermath. To reinvigorate the field of international macroeconomics, Kristin Forbes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Jeff Frankel of Harvard University are organizing a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) project on "The Global Financial Crisis." Pairing the two of them illustrates how their project, like everything NBER does, will be strictly non-partisan and aimed at developing fundamental understanding rather than explicit policy recommendation. For example, three basic research questions this project will concentrate on are: How did global imbalances contribute to the crisis? How was the crisis transmitted internationally? How has the global nature of the crisis affected macroeconomic policy ranging from fiscal and monetary policy to bank regulation and the role of the dollar? The plan is to issue a broad call for proposals to prepare and present papers on these topics, commission a dozen of the best submitted in the competitive solicitation, post them as working papers, and hold a pre-conference with assigned discussants to provide critiques. Refocusing and revitalizing research on international macroeconomics like this is just one component of the Sloan Foundation's developing initiative on international financial regulation. The goal of this entire initiative is to inform, prepare, and eventually institute significant reforms of the international financial and monetary system.

    To stimulate new academic research on global aspects of the financial crisis and "Great Recession"

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  • grantee: Open Knowledge Commons, Inc.
    amount: $330,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2009

    To support the Open Knowledge Commons in uniting the library community and the public behind the implementation of a universal digital library

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Maura Marx

    This is a request for Maura Marx, executive director of the Open Knowledge Commons (OKC), to build the organization's base and public profile, and to develop a national digital strategy that will appeal to policymakers as well as libraries. We created the Open Knowledge Commons out of a previous grant to the Internet Archive due to the need for strengthening existing partnerships and forging new alliances with libraries, archives, funders, legislators and the public behind a universal digital library. Maura Marx, recruited after a national search, spent her first year trying to work out a rapprochement with the Internet Archive and when that became unfeasible, recruiting a new Board of Directors and setting up a new not-for-profit organization, incorporated in Massachusetts. Marx now requests one year of support to help consolidate and expand the role of OKC in developing a blueprint for a national strategy for book digitization that will be useful to policy makers as well as the library community and to create demonstration projects that showcase the benefits of such a blueprint. OKC is the only organization devoted exclusively to this vision and it fills a very important gap. Marx proposes to move OKC to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and to work to develop the intellectual, social and legal framework to foster the strengths of this new digital environment. We view the Open Knowledge Commons as a key vehicle to develop and implement our own program in digital information technology as we seek to create a realistic digital library with universal appeal.

    To support the Open Knowledge Commons in uniting the library community and the public behind the implementation of a universal digital library

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