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: Carl Erik Fisher
    amount: $50,000
    city: Brooklyn, NY
    year: 2019

    To support Over the Dark Edge, a book on the scientific, cultural, intellectual, and philosophical history of addiction, to be published by Penguin Press in 2020

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Carl Fisher

    To support Over the Dark Edge, a book on the scientific, cultural, intellectual, and philosophical history of addiction, to be published by Penguin Press in 2020

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  • grantee: Richard Rhodes
    amount: $125,000
    city: Half Moon Bay, CA
    year: 2019

    To support the first full biography of entomologist and evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson

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

    To support the first full biography of entomologist and evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson

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  • grantee: Island Press-Center for Resource Economics
    amount: $50,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2019

    To support an illustrated edition of biologist E.O. Wilson’s autobiography, Naturalist, to be published by Island Press in 2020

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

    To support an illustrated edition of biologist E.O. Wilson’s autobiography, Naturalist, to be published by Island Press in 2020

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  • grantee: University of Arizona
    amount: $19,000
    city: Tucson, AZ
    year: 2018

    To support the production of Beyond the Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight published by the University of Arizona Press in 2019

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

    To support the production of Beyond the Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight published by the University of Arizona Press in 2019

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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: Brandy Schillace
    amount: $36,000
    city: Euclid, OH
    year: 2018

    To support the research and writing of Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher to be published by Simon and Shuster by 2021

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Brandy Schillace

    To support the research and writing of Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher to be published by Simon and Shuster by 2021

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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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