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: Hamptons International Film Festival
    amount: $527,456
    city: East Hampton, NY
    year: 2010

    To commission and spotlight science and technology films and to develop science and technology screenplays

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Karen Arikian

    This grant provides support to the The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), for continued development of its activities in the Sloan Film program. HIFF activities consist of a $25,000 annual feature film prize with multiple screenings, a panel with filmmakers and scientists, a reception, and an intensive screenwriting workshop with staged readings of works-in-progress at the festival. Previous Foundation support of HIFF has resulted in an impressive roster of Sloan-winning films and directors, including Darren Aronofsky, Julian Schnabel, Michael Apted, Bill Condon and Marc Abraham, all of whom participated-in person, on video or via letter-at the festival's tenth anniversary tribute to the accomplishments of the Sloan partnership in 2009. Funds from this grant will ensure continuation of this successful partnership through the next three years.

    To commission and spotlight science and technology films and to develop science and technology screenplays

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  • grantee: University of California, Davis
    amount: $1,371,214
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2010

    To establish and support the Microbiomes of Built Environments Network (microBEnet)

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jonathan Eisen

    One of the objectives of the Foundation's Indoor Environment (IE) program is to establish a multi-disciplinary network of researchers and practitioners that will build the community and organize specialized workshops, annual meetings of grantees, and a capstone event. This grant will fund noted evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen and colleagues at the University of California, in collaboration with Hal Levin, a prominent building sciences expert, in their efforts to create the microbiomes of Built Environments network (microBEnet). The team plans to make use of diverse web-based, web-enabled, and in-person strategies to build a vibrant online and real community. Over the next three years, microBEnet will conduct activities in three areas: among existing Foundation grantees, with researchers in related disciplines, and with a broader public and scientific community. Among current Sloan grantees, the network will organize annual meetings and develop a wiki for communication. With researchers in related disciplines, microBEnet will organize special sessions at high profile meetings, and develop web communication resources.

    To establish and support the Microbiomes of Built Environments Network (microBEnet)

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  • grantee: Catticus Corporation
    amount: $250,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2010

    To support a pilot effort to produce and distribute short web videos based on new scientific papers

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Michael Schwarz

    Funds from this grant support a pilot project by Michael Schwarz of Kikim Media to produce and distribute six short web videos to accompany new scientific papers that appear in the Public Library of Science. The proposed videos-each five to seven minutes long-aim to translate the latest scientific findings into a broadly accessible language that can reach a wider audience than those who currently read academic science journals.

    To support a pilot effort to produce and distribute short web videos based on new scientific papers

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  • grantee: The Brookings Institution
    amount: $576,793
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2010

    To develop estimates of how the decision by American workers to retire later impacts public budgets and the economy

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Gary Burtless

    By the mid-1980s, a century-old trend toward earlier labor force withdrawal by older American men came to a halt and subsequently reversed itself. At the same time, a shorter trend of flat labor force participation rates for older women stopped and their labor force participation rates began increasing. As a result, on average, older American men and women are now working longer and retiring later. Funds from this grant support a project by The Brookings Institution to estimate the impact of delayed retirement on overall economic output, on government income and payroll tax revenues, and on public spending, specifically on government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The project consists of several integrated subprojects. The first deconstructs the nature of the later retirement trend, asking which types of workers, in terms of gender, education, skill levels, and income, are retiring later and how they delay labor force departure. The second subproject investigates the nature of the physical and mental well-being of retirees over time. The third and fourth subprojects, which are to be informed by these labor force data, involve macro- and micro-simulation modeling of the impact of a rising retirement age for the economy and for public finances. At the completion of the subprojects, Brookings will organize a public forum in Washington, D.C. at which the research findings will be presented and discussed before an invited audience of policymakers, academics, and governmental and nongovernmental agencies concerned with aging and budget policy.

    To develop estimates of how the decision by American workers to retire later impacts public budgets and the economy

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  • grantee: American Council on Education
    amount: $589,294
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2010

    To support an Invitational Conference and Awards Program on the Culminating Stage of Faculty Careers in Higher Education

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Claire Van Ummersen

    The American Council on Education (ACE) has successfully partnered with Sloan since 2003 in developing and administering the Sloan Faculty Career Flexibility Awards. Three rounds of the awards program have been completed, including awards focused on research universities, large master's universities, and liberal arts colleges. ACE proposes three main activities with this grant: pilot work with nine institutions of higher education in three types of institutions of higher education (three research, three large master's, and three liberal arts colleges) to understand further what they are doing for faculty pre- and post-retirement; an invitational conference that will involve teams comprised of administrators and faculty from the participating colleges and universities; and a new awards program to identify and recognize best practices regarding the culminating stages of faculty careers that meet the needs of both the institutions and the faculty members. Five winners in each of the three categories will be awarded $100,000 in recognition of their innovative efforts to provide effective faculty retirement practices.

    To support an Invitational Conference and Awards Program on the Culminating Stage of Faculty Careers in Higher Education

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $398,498
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2010

    To support research on aging, work, and retirement among late-career faculty at the University of California

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Sheldon Zedeck

    For faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, transitioning into retirement often involves the daunting challenge of effectively reconfiguring their lives after decades of pursuing absorbing careers in which their identities are synonymous with their work. This grant to the University of California, Berkeley aims at helping institutions provide the (non-financial) policies, practices, and programs that will facilitate the retirement transition for faculty and serve the goals and needs of both the retiring faculty and the mission of the institution. Funded activities include support for two studies: the first descriptive, the second causal. The descriptive study will examine a diverse range of aging-related issues, including professional activities and productivity, career experiences, retirement and post-retirement career plans, and family relations. The causal study will collect and analyze data from the naturally occurring experimental conditions that arose from the three waves of the University of California Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Programs of the early 1990s. Outcome from this research promises to be applicable far outside the University of California system, and interest from university and college administrators has been significant.

    To support research on aging, work, and retirement among late-career faculty at the University of California

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  • grantee: Science Friday Initiative, Inc.
    amount: $630,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To support Science Friday and its science-and-arts strand on air, online, and on-demand

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Ira Flatow

    The Science Friday Initiative requests three more years of support for Ira Flatow's award-winning radio program Science Friday and for its Sloan-initiated science-and-arts strand. Science Friday continues to be the most reliable two hours of radio broadcast-and increasingly, of podcast-time dedicated to talking intelligently about all things science in the United States. The show airs 52 weeks a year on over 300 stations through National Public Radio, reaching 1.3 million weekly listeners, and was downloaded in podcast form over 13 million times last year. This grant includes support for 12 segments a year on science and the arts plus support for the SciArts website, a portal that is reachable from the program's home page. Science Friday is an invaluable asset to Sloan's radio program and to the science community as a whole.

    To support Science Friday and its science-and-arts strand on air, online, and on-demand

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  • grantee: Advocates for Children of New York, Inc.
    amount: $1,150,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To generate and disseminate information for parents about New York City schools

    • Program Initiatives
    • Sub-program New York City Initiatives
    • Investigator Kim Sweet

    The website InsideSchools.org provides independent information about New York City schools and the New York City Department of Education, providing helpful information to parents trying to navigate the public school bureaucracy, journalists writing about education, social workers trying to place students in appropriate schools, and teachers looking for jobs. Funds from this grant support InsideSchools in its continuing efforts to compile accurate, professional, and current reviews of the more than 1,500 New York City public schools.

    To generate and disseminate information for parents about New York City schools

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $708,468
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To establish a Center for Mathematical Talent to work with students from NYC schools

    • Program Initiatives
    • Sub-program New York City Initiatives
    • Investigator Yuri Tschinkel

    In recent years, programs to indentify and nurture talent in science and mathematics among NYC schoolchildren have largely disappeared. Funds from this grant will support The Courant Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at New York University (NYU) in its efforts to launch a new Center for Mathematical Talent (CMT) to address precisely this problem. Courant is one of the premier mathematical institutions in the world, and can build on its established record of success with gifted and talented schoolchildren. Outreach for the new Center will specifically target women, underrepresented minorities, and disadvantaged students who may not otherwise know about or pursue opportunities to develop their potential.

    To establish a Center for Mathematical Talent to work with students from NYC schools

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  • grantee: Purdue University
    amount: $153,000
    city: West Lafayette, IN
    year: 2010

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

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Kevin Gibson

    Funds from this grant will support activities by Purdue University to recruit qualified, eligible Native American students for enrollment in graduate study in science or engineering, as well as a variety of activities designed to help meet the challenges facing Native students pursuing graduate work. Supported activities include recruitment trips by Purdue faculty to schools with Native students studying science and engineering as undergraduates, visits by prospective students to Purdue, design and production of print and web-based outreach materials, an annual retreat for enrolled students, regular mentoring for Native students, and coursework about successfully integrating the demands of graduate study with the demands of membership in a tribal community.

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

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