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: Harvard University
    amount: $67,461
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2018

    To support the research and writing If/Then: Simulmatics Corporation and the Invention of the Future, a book about the first data analytics firm

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Jill Lepore

    To support the research and writing If/Then: Simulmatics Corporation and the Invention of the Future, a book about the first data analytics firm

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  • grantee: Virginia Postrel
    amount: $50,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2018

    To support the research and writing of The Fabric of Civilization to be published by Basic Books in 2020

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Virginia Postrel

    To support the research and writing of The Fabric of Civilization to be published by Basic Books in 2020

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  • grantee: The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.
    amount: $330,750
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To pilot a new, 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

    The Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York (CUNY) 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.” This grant underwrites an annual fellowship at the Center to support an author writing a biography of a scientist, engineer, inventor, or mathematician. Fellows will receive a one-time award of $72,000 and be provided 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 will support outreach to publicize the fellowship with relevant audiences.

    To pilot a new, 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: University of Louisville Research Foundation
    amount: $30,700
    city: Louisville, KY
    year: 2018

    To support a book about Charles Willson Peale, creator of a natural history/art museum in Revolutionary-era America, and how the museum influenced the public’s perception of science and art

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Lee Dugatkin

    To support a book about Charles Willson Peale, creator of a natural history/art museum in Revolutionary-era America, and how the museum influenced the public’s perception of science and art

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  • grantee: Michelle Nijhuis
    amount: $40,000
    city: White Salmon, WA
    year: 2018

    To support the research, fact-checking, and promotion of a book about the species conservation movement to be published by W.W. Norton in 2020

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Michelle Nijhuis

    To support the research, fact-checking, and promotion of a book about the species conservation movement to be published by W.W. Norton in 2020

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  • grantee: Rebecca Schwarzlose
    amount: $39,400
    city: Saint Louis, MO
    year: 2018

    To support the writing and illustrations for a book about brain maps to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Profile Books in Spring 2020

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Rebecca Schwarzlose

    To support the writing and illustrations for a book about brain maps to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Profile Books in Spring 2020

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  • grantee: Fairfield University
    amount: $50,000
    city: Fairfield, CT
    year: 2018

    To support the research and writing of a book about the thalidomide scandal of the 1960s to be published by Random House in 2020

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Jennifer Vanderbes

    To support the research and writing of a book about the thalidomide scandal of the 1960s to be published by Random House in 2020

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  • grantee: Middlebury College
    amount: $45,522
    city: Middlebury, VT
    year: 2018

    To support the research and writing of an updated version of the 1993 Sloan-supported book Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology to be published by MIT Press

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Richard Wolfson

    To support the research and writing of an updated version of the 1993 Sloan-supported book Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology to be published by MIT Press

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  • grantee: Lydia Denworth
    amount: $19,000
    city: Brooklyn, NY
    year: 2018

    To support the research and writing of Friendship: A Natural History, to be published by W.W. Norton in 2019

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Lydia Denworth

    To support the research and writing of Friendship: A Natural History, to be published by W.W. Norton in 2019

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  • grantee: Benjamin Ehrlich
    amount: $50,000
    city: Fort Lee, NJ
    year: 2018

    To support the research and writing of The Brain That Discovered Itself, about the father of neuroscience Santiago Ramon y Cajal, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Fall 2020

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Benjamin Ehrlich

    To support the research and writing of The Brain That Discovered Itself, about the father of neuroscience Santiago Ramon y Cajal, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Fall 2020

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