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: Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc.
    amount: $18,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2009

    To fund an infrastructure working session at the "Thinking Big, New York and London" conference to be convened in New York in September 2009

    • Program Initiatives
    • Sub-program New York City Initiatives
    • Investigator Hope Cohen

    To fund an infrastructure working session at the "Thinking Big, New York and London" conference to be convened in New York in September 2009

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  • grantee: The Brookings Institution
    amount: $44,159
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To provide expert input into the debate over automobile industry restructuring and to provide an agenda for related policy-oriented research in microeconomics

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Martin Baily

    To provide expert input into the debate over automobile industry restructuring and to provide an agenda for related policy-oriented research in microeconomics

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  • grantee: The Brookings Institution
    amount: $26,073
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To develop policy advice and a research agenda for applying behavioral economics to federal regulatory design

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Sendhil Mullainathan

    To develop policy advice and a research agenda for applying behavioral economics to federal regulatory design

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  • grantee: University of Oregon
    amount: $119,835
    city: Eugene, OR
    year: 2009

    To support a pilot study to examine biological diversity in the indoor environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jessica Green

    To support a pilot study to examine biological diversity in the indoor environment

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  • grantee: University of Maryland, College Park
    amount: $323,115
    city: College Park, MD
    year: 2009

    To create and launch an International Financial Crisis Database that provides open access information about many countries, many centuries, and many variables

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Carmen Reinhart

    Financial crises are thankfully infrequent. That means looking for patterns requires lots and lots of data. Two top macroeconomists, Ken Rogoff from Harvard and Carmen Reinhart from the University of Maryland, have been collecting financial crisis records covering many variables in many countries and going back many years. Their main finding is that, even though people always like to say, that this time is different, financial crises do follow patterns. Having heard about this work, scholars from around the world have contacted Reinhart and Rogoff about gaining access to their data and contributing even more data to expand the historical record. Rather than keeping this wealth of information to themselves, they plan to create a living and open-access database that researchers and the interested public can put to good use and help to expand. Launching this "International Financial Crisis Database" not only represents a great service to the field, it is also consistent with the Sloan Foundation's tradition of facilitating cooperation by scholars from around the world in compiling comprehensive, high quality, and open access research tools.

    To create and launch an International Financial Crisis Database that provides open access information about many countries, many centuries, and many variables

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  • grantee: Carnegie Mellon University
    amount: $149,776
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2009

    To initiate research on the industrial organization of credit rating agencies

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Chester Spatt

    Credit rating agencies (CRAs) are supposed to help us measure the financial risk associated with securities issues by private and public organizations which turn to the public for financing. A bond rated AAA by Standard & Poor's, for example, means that its probability of default is deemed closer to zero than securities in any other category. On the other hand, a BB rating or lower earns it "junk" status, which the issuer must compensate for by offering investors a higher yield. Clearly, the issuers who pay for these ratings would like the highest grade possible. Do they "shop" by going to Moody's or Fitch or perhaps one of the lesser-known ratings agencies if they do not like Standard & Poor's estimates? Commentators have been quick to blame the CRAs for the current financial crisis since so many securities that they rated AAA or the equivalent are now considered toxic. Professor Chester Spatt has begun building the conceptual framework needed to address the important questions now being asked about CRAs.

    To initiate research on the industrial organization of credit rating agencies

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  • grantee: University of Pittsburgh
    amount: $339,740
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2009

    For final support to establish the Industry Studies Association as a self-sustaining, independent organization

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Frank Giarratani

    As described in the Transition Strategy Paper, the Industry Studies Program as it has been structured in the past will be brought to a close in 2010. In December 2008 the Trustees approved the first element of that plan: providing final financial support for the Industry Studies Annual Conferences. This proposal implements the second key element of the plan: to provide tie-off funding for the secretariat at the University of Pittsburgh, in order to develop the Industry Studies Association (ISA) into a self-sustaining, independent organization. We have been moving along this path over the past two years. In October 2007 a legal entity-the Industry Studies Association-was incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania, and officers and members of its Board of Directors were chosen. Over the next few months Professor Frank Giarratani, coordinator of the industry studies secretariat at the University of Pittsburgh since 2003 and now the President of the ISA, will work with the ISA Board to map out a transition that will allow the ISA to become a self-sustaining, independent organization by December 2010 with its activities financed entirely by member dues, conference revenues, grants and gifts. The goal of this grant is to give those in this scholarly community a chance to show whether there is enough interest to support such an association.

    For final support to establish the Industry Studies Association as a self-sustaining, independent organization

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $4,518,400
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2009

    To fund new obligations in the Minority Ph.D. Program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010

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

    During 2009 we will be conducting a full review of our program for STEM Education for Underrepresented Groups, especially the Minority Ph.D. Program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program. However, in order to avoid interrupting these programs while we conduct this review, we seek approval of funds that NACME will need to fund expected new obligations incurred during the 2009-10 academic year. NACME administers these two programs on a day-to-day basis, paying and monitoring both student scholarships and grants to campuses in the feeder component of the Minority Ph.D. program and to two special cases within that program. Grants to the campuses that participate in the Indigenous Graduate Partnership are not administered by NACME. Even while we review these programs, we are making the following immediate changes: Reducing the cost of the two programs by about 20% and imposing a cap on their spending. For AY 2009-10, the cap will be 100 new scholarships in the Minority Ph.D. program (compared to a target in recent years of 120) and 25 in the Indigenous Graduate Program compared to 33 in the current academic year. Tying each grant to NACME to a particular academic year cohort of students and to grants administered by NACME that are approved within the academic year. All renewal grants to universities that are administered by NACME will, for this year, be held to one year.

    To fund new obligations in the Minority Ph.D. Program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Program from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $2,500,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2009

    To research and produce four documentaries about the role of science and technology in history for The American Experience

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Mark Samels

    The American Experience, the longest running and most esteemed history series on television, requests a grant of $2.5 million for four documentaries over the next two years that will focus on the role of science and technology. The four proposed episodes include a two-hour special by the acclaimed director Ric Burns "Into the Deep: America, Whaling, and the World" that tells the story of three centuries of American whaling and traces the remarkable growth of this early global industry to its decline; another two-hour show about the creation of the Panama Canal, the largest and most ambitious engineering project in history; a one-hour feature about the harrowing scientific expedition to the Arctic led by Adolphus Greely in 1881, the first international Polar Year; and a fourth program to be determined that will be reviewed by outsiders and approved by the staff prior to beginning production. The budget has been cut by half a million dollars from the original request given current funding constraints, and we also now demand, given our long association with this series, that the American Experience produces and broadcasts four S&T shows for the price of three. In addition, two of the shows are two hours long so we are effectively getting six hours of programming while paying for three hours, or a doubling of our production allotment. The American Experience continues to define excellence in documentary filmmaking-it has received every television award numerous times-and is America's most-watched history series.

    To research and produce four documentaries about the role of science and technology in history for The American Experience

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  • grantee: Arius Association
    amount: $20,000
    city: Baden, Switzerland
    year: 2009

    To fund promotion of multinational high-level waste repositories outside of Europe

    • Program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Charles McCombie

    To fund promotion of multinational high-level waste repositories outside of Europe

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