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: National Book Foundation, Inc.
    amount: $525,387
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To honor exceptional books with scientific or technological themes or characters from diverse authors and to support public programming with the winning authors

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Jordan Smith

    The National Book Foundation (NBF), which has for 70 years bestowed the prestigious National Book Awards, is launching a new “Science + Literature” program that aims to identify and honor outstanding books that deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology, that celebrates and contributes to the diversity of voices in scientific writing, and that uses literature as a catalyst to create discourse and understanding through public programming. Each year, a diverse, independent five-person selection committee of well-known authors, scientists, and thinkers will select three outstanding books with scientific or technological themes or characters, published in the last three years. Winning authors will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be celebrated at an annual awards event. NBF will also host three public events per year, or one per winning author.

    To honor exceptional books with scientific or technological themes or characters from diverse authors and to support public programming with the winning authors

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  • grantee: The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.
    amount: $330,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To support an annual scientific biography fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography that will result in three new major biographies of scientists and/or technologists

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Kai Bird

    This grant underwrites an annual fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography (the Center) at the City University of New York (CUNY) to support an author writing a biography of a scientist, engineer, inventor, or mathematician. The Center is the only academic institution in the country devoted to promoting the practice of biography. Founded in 2007, its mission is to foster excellence in biographical writing and to encourage the academy to understand biography as a scholarly and rigorous discipline. Fellows receive a one-time award of $72,000, a graduate research assistant, dedicated office space, and access to both the Center’s fellow biographers and CUNY’s science faculty as advisors. Additional grant funds support outreach to publicize the fellowship with relevant audiences. The current fellows are: Dr. Laura J. Snyder, writing a biography of neurologist Oliver Sacks; Miriam Horn, writing a biography of biologist and conservationist George Schaller; and Patchen Barss, writing a biography of mathematician and cosmologist Roger Penrose.

    To support an annual scientific biography fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography that will result in three new major biographies of scientists and/or technologists

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  • grantee: Skylar Young-Bayer
    amount: $15,000
    city: Bristol, RI
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of “Uncharted: how scientists navigate health, research, and bias,” to be published by Columbia University Press

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Skylar Young-Bayer

    To support the research and writing of “Uncharted: how scientists navigate health, research, and bias,” to be published by Columbia University Press

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  • grantee: Sam Houston State University
    amount: $40,804
    city: Huntsville, TX
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of “Things That Go Bump in the Universe,” to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator C. Renee James

    To support the research and writing of “Things That Go Bump in the Universe,” to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • grantee: Chelsea Byun
    amount: $44,375
    city: South Portland, ME
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of “Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood,” to be published by Henry Holt & Co

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Chelsea Byun

    To support the research and writing of “Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood,” to be published by Henry Holt & Co

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  • grantee: Coco Krumme
    amount: $47,000
    city: Lopez Island, WA
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of “False Gods: how optimization seduced us, consumed us, and ultimately failed us,” to be published by Riverhead

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Coco Krumme

    To support the research and writing of “False Gods: how optimization seduced us, consumed us, and ultimately failed us,” to be published by Riverhead

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  • grantee: Christopher R. Miller
    amount: $54,950
    city: Belmont, MA
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of “The Switch,” to be published by Simon & Shuster

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Christopher Miller

    To support the research and writing of “The Switch,” to be published by Simon & Shuster

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  • grantee: Siobhan Roberts
    amount: $50,000
    city: Toronto, Canada, Canada
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of “Let Five Be Even,” to be published by Pantheon Books

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Siobhan Roberts

    To support the research and writing of “Let Five Be Even,” to be published by Pantheon Books

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  • grantee: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
    amount: $49,964
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of “Human infection studies: When is it ethical to intentionally expose people to pathogens?,” to be published by Oxford University Press

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Seema Shah

    To support the research and writing of “Human infection studies: When is it ethical to intentionally expose people to pathogens?,” to be published by Oxford University Press

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  • grantee: Meehan Crist
    amount: $50,000
    city: Brooklyn, NY
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of their book “Is it OK to Have a Child?,” to be published by Random House and Chatto & Windus

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Meehan Crist

    To support the research and writing of their book “Is it OK to Have a Child?,” to be published by Random House and Chatto & Windus

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