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: Astrophysical Research Consortium
    amount: $6,000,000
    city: Seattle, WA
    year: 2022

    To achieve the full promise of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V (SDSS-V) by completing a five-year, all-sky, spectroscopic survey observing supermassive black holes, the Milky Way galaxy, and interstellar gas in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Sloan Digital Sky Survey
    • Investigator Juna Kollmeier

    The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is one of the Sloan Foundation’s longest running basic science programs, with a nearly 25-year period of continuous observation shedding light on some of the most important questions in astronomy and astrophysics. The fifth phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V) consists of an all-sky, multi-epoch spectroscopic survey observing the universe in both the visible and the infrared portion of the spectrum. SDSS-V will observe the entire sky using two complementary telescopes—one at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico and a second at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile—allowing it to map the night sky more fully, with the Chilean telescope able to observe core parts of the Milky Way not visible in the Northern Hemisphere. Grant funds will allow SDSS-V to conduct its originally planned, full five-year observation program and observe multiple objects, at multiple distances, across three constituent sub-surveys: the Milky Way Mapper, which will study the history of our own galaxy; the Black Hole Mapper, which will observe the behavior of supermassive blackholes that sit at the center of galaxies; and the Local Volume Mapper, which will examine the interstellar medium in key regions of the Milky Way and other galaxies. This grant will allow SDSS-V to complete the upgrade to a new robotic focal plane observation system, complete the construction of the Local Volume Mapper instrumentation hardware, and extend the SDSS-V observation period to 2026-2027.

    To achieve the full promise of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V (SDSS-V) by completing a five-year, all-sky, spectroscopic survey observing supermassive black holes, the Milky Way galaxy, and interstellar gas in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $700,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2022

    To produce a second consensus study report on the societal and equity dimensions of deep decarbonization and establish a multisectoral Deep Decarbonization Forum to disseminate findings

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Keith Holmes

    Determining how to advance deep decarbonization efforts in the United States is a big picture issue that requires research and analysis on many fronts. Early in 2021, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a Sloan-funded consensus study report, titled Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S. Energy System,which identifies both key technical and socioeconomic goals to help the U.S. achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and the near-term federal policies that would set the U.S. on a path to meet those goals. This grant will expand the work of the NASEM committee to further explore the implementation of deep decarbonization interventions in the United States energy system. The first component of this next phase of work is producing a second consensus study on aspects of deep decarbonization not covered in the first report, focusing on issues like environmental justice, the impacts on jobs, and the role of sub-national policies. Second, this grant will help to establish an ongoing Deep Decarbonization Forum to address current and future deep decarbonization issues with a wide range of stakeholders.

    To produce a second consensus study report on the societal and equity dimensions of deep decarbonization and establish a multisectoral Deep Decarbonization Forum to disseminate findings

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $600,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2022

    To optimize, scale, and study the Social Science Prediction Platform, an online resource for collecting and cataloguing expert forecasts about the results of social science experiments

    • Program Research
    • Initiative Behavioral and Regulatory Effects on Decision-making (BRED)
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Stefano DellaVigna

    This grant provides ongoing support for Stefano DellaVigna at the University of California, Berkeley, and Eva Vivalt at the University of Toronto, who are scaling up their Social Science Prediction Platform (SSPP), an online platform for collecting and cataloguing forecasts about the results of social science experiments. Documenting such forecasts is an increasingly used and useful way to help evaluate the importance of social scientific studies. Among other reasons, it creates a baseline from which to measure the novelty or unexpectedness of a social scientific result or finding. It can also serve as a useful measure of scientific consensus around important or contested issues in a field. Grant funds will allow DellaVigna and Vivalt to include more research projects in the platform, to include more than 5,000 new forecasts, and to include new applications for predictions such as measuring the effectiveness of policy interventions. Funds will enable the team to run conferences and workshops; to produce training materials and outreach activities; to recruit a large and diverse sample of forecasters; and to develop new methodologies and platform capabilities.

    To optimize, scale, and study the Social Science Prediction Platform, an online resource for collecting and cataloguing expert forecasts about the results of social science experiments

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  • grantee: Brookings Institution
    amount: $750,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2022

    To promote independent, unbiased, and non-partisan research on regulatory economics, including topics such as emerging technologies, consumer protection, and market competition in the digital age

    • Program Research
    • Initiative Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST)
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Sanjay Patnaik

    This grant supports Sanjay Patnaik, director at the Brookings Center on Regulation and Markets (CRM), which promotes independent, unbiased, and non-partisan research on regulatory economics. Grant funds will allow CRM to conduct research on topics including artificial intelligence and emerging technologies, financial market regulation and fintech, and consumer protection and antitrust in the digital age. Through its research, CRM seeks to explore how novel technologies can best be regulated without stifling innovation; how the regulatory process could be adapted to quickly respond to changing market conditions; and how regulation can deal with new approaches to data privacy. In addition to producing high-quality and policy-relevant research on regulatory economics, CRM will disseminate this work through academic papers, policy briefs, and events that connect researchers with practitioners.

    To promote independent, unbiased, and non-partisan research on regulatory economics, including topics such as emerging technologies, consumer protection, and market competition in the digital age

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  • grantee: University of Southern California
    amount: $563,088
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2022

    To create a national Consortium of graduate programs that collaborate to advance equity in graduate education with a focus on strengthening recruitment, admission, mentoring, and the well-being of historically excluded groups

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education
    • Investigator Julie Posselt

    This grant provides support for the Equity in Graduate Education Consortium, led by Dr. Julie Posselt at the University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education. The Consortium brings together change-ready universities, graduate programs, and leaders to align policies and practices with commitments to equity and inclusion. Building off the successful California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education (C-CIDE),  grant funds will allow Posselt’s team to develop a tiered membership model for the expanded consortium; host activities, including a workshop series and training for campus-based facilitators; create new modules, curricula, and facilitation guides; develop a framework for enacting systemic change in graduate education; and work with their new and existing institutional partners to create equity action plans tailored to the needs and circumstances of each university. In addition to other public and private universities, participating campuses include Sloan’s University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring institutions.

    To create a national Consortium of graduate programs that collaborate to advance equity in graduate education with a focus on strengthening recruitment, admission, mentoring, and the well-being of historically excluded groups

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  • grantee: Urban Institute
    amount: $500,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2022

    To build synthetic tax datasets for use in social science research

    • Program Research
    • Initiative Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE)
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Claire Bowen

    While tax data is highly sought after by social scientists, it is costly, sensitive, and difficult to access. The IRS has historically released public-use files—privacy-protected databases of sampled individual income tax returns—but has stopped producing them due to high costs and high vulnerability to re-identification attacks. This grant provides ongoing support for Claire Bowen at the Urban Institute, who is working with the IRS to develop synthetic versions of individual income tax return data. Synthetic data has mathematical and statistical properties that are similar to those of the real data, but that contains almost no private information from the original dataset. Grant funds will allow Bowen to continue developing two synthetic datasets, making substantial methodological improvements and exploring the application of differential privacy methods to assess the privacy attributes of this methodology. In addition, Bowen will make open-source code available on GitHub, document the methodology for use by other agencies, and disseminate the work through a white paper, blog posts, presentations, and journal articles.

    To build synthetic tax datasets for use in social science research

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $1,373,081
    city: Alexandria, VA
    year: 2022

    To support operations of the Alfred P. Sloan UCEM Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, San Diego

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education
    • Investigator Carmen Sidbury

    The Sloan University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) initiative is a series of grants to universities around the country that are working to transform graduate education to better attract, enroll, and graduate Black, Indigenous, and Latina/o/x doctoral students in STEM fields. Grant funds primarily provide direct support to graduate students to be used in support of their studies. The remaining funds support a diverse and interrelated set of activities and resources designed to create an equitable, inclusive, and supportive educational environment conducive to successful doctoral completion and subsequent career success. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering acts as the Foundation’s partner and fiscal steward for the program. This grant provides three years of continued support to the UCEMs housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, San Diego.

    To support operations of the Alfred P. Sloan UCEM Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, San Diego

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  • grantee: University of Kansas Center for Research
    amount: $500,000
    city: Lawrence, KS
    year: 2022

    To pilot an SIGP program at the University of Kansas that will recruit, retain, and graduate Indigenous students in STEM undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Kansas and its partner institution, Haskell Indian Nations University

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education
    • Investigator Joseph Brewer

    This grant supports Joseph Brewer and a largely Indigenous-led project team at the University of Kansas (KU) to improve Indigenous representation in the STEM professoriate and workforce by piloting a Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) program at their university. SIGP is a coalition of nine higher education institutions devoted to creating and sustaining inclusive, connected, and supportive educational environments conducive to successful advanced degree completion and subsequent career success for Indigenous students. Brewer and project team member Melinda Adams are themselves SIGP alumni. Grant funds will support the Kansas team in providing robust funding packages for SIGP Sloan Scholars; developing and offering training and resources to university faculty to improve their skills and abilities in mentoring Indigenous students; creating a supportive community for Indigenous graduate students, and establishing and broadening support networks for all Indigenous students at KU; and engaging with the national SIGP team to support the adoption of best practices for supporting Indigenous students. A central feature of the project is the development of a Sloan Undergraduate Scholars Program via KU’s existing partnership with Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU). This partnership will bolster efforts to connect STEM-specific pathways between HINU and KU and facilitate a near-peer mentoring program, with SIGP scholars at KU serving as mentors to SUSP scholars at HINU.

    To pilot an SIGP program at the University of Kansas that will recruit, retain, and graduate Indigenous students in STEM undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Kansas and its partner institution, Haskell Indian Nations University

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  • grantee: Consumer Reports, Inc.
    amount: $1,148,509
    city: Yonkers, NY
    year: 2022

    To design and validate a cybersecurity labeling system for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to reduce individual and societal threats, and to support new Sloan fellows

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Ben Moskowitz

    The Internet of things (IoT) has transformed our lives and become an integral part of the home environment—estimates calculate there are now 75 billion connected devices worldwide, generating around 180 trillion gigabytes of data each year. That data includes personal and sensitive information that is constantly being compromised in various, largely hidden ways, leaving consumers exposed to data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other violations. This grant supports efforts by Consumer Reports, led by Ben Moskowitz, to design a cybersecurity labeling system for IoT devices. Modeled on Nutrition Facts-like labels that allow consumers to compare products and make informed choices, the new labeling system would evaluate products and services based on how well, or how badly, they safeguard consumer privacy and security. Grant funds will allow Moskovitz’s team to continue testing the privacy and security of consumer IoT products, prototype a functional IoT security label, and conduct usability testing, consumer education, and other validation work to prepare for a successful launch of a national consumer IoT labeling scheme. The project promises to inform and empower consumers with immediate, clear, actionable insights while driving security-improving innovation.

    To design and validate a cybersecurity labeling system for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to reduce individual and societal threats, and to support new Sloan fellows

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  • grantee: St. Louis University
    amount: $704,492
    city: St. Louis, MO
    year: 2022

    To engage masters and undergraduate students in open source research software projects as part of the St. Louis University Open Source Program Office

    • Program Technology
    • Sub-program Better Software for Science
    • Investigator Ekaterina Holdener

    This grant supports Ekaterina Holdener at St. Louis University who is establishing an Open-Source Software Center (OSS Center) at the university that will, among other activities, launch a program to facilitate graduate students and undergraduate student participation in faculty-driven open-source research software projects. Over the grant period, Holdener anticipates that the new program will allow at least 120 student contributors to support some 30 faculty-driven software projects. Additional funds will pay for a host of other activities designed to support the new OSS Center, including the development of organizational infrastructure and systems, requirements and design checklists, the publication of a playbook of OSS Center-related activities and programs on building open-source software capacity in university settings; and the training of an estimated 16 graduate student in computer science, data science, and software engineering. Funds will provide financial support for Holdener, 16 graduate student employees, and a full-time program director.

    To engage masters and undergraduate students in open source research software projects as part of the St. Louis University Open Source Program Office

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