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: Women Make Movies, Inc.
    amount: $200,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To support a feature documentary about the bias encoded in automated decision-making and machine-learning algorithms based on the work of Joy Buolamwini

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Debra Zimmerman

    To support a feature documentary about the bias encoded in automated decision-making and machine-learning algorithms based on the work of Joy Buolamwini

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $432,364
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To support screenwriting and production of science and technology films and games by top film and game design students

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Michael Burke

    This grant continues support to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for a series of initiatives that encourages student filmmakers and game designers to develop screenplays, short films, and games that feature science or technology. Grant funds support an annual colloquium that brings students together with working scientists, a yearly $30,000 production award that helps a promising science-themed film project move toward completion, three $10,000 screenplay awards given to help develop science themed scripts, and an annual Game Center award to develop an interactive game that creatively integrates gameplay with science and technology. Additional funds provide stipends for working scientists to judge student submissions on their scientific content and to serve as dedicated science advisors and mentors on student projects. Grant funds support these and related administrative and outreach activities for three years.

    To support screenwriting and production of science and technology films and games by top film and game design students

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $351,393
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To encourage the next generation of filmmakers to write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology through enhanced research, mentorship, and award opportunities

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Trey Ellis

    Funds from this grant provide support to a program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts to incentivize and encourage graduate students to write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology. Supported activities include three annual $10,000 awards given to the best student screenplay with a scientific or technological theme; two annual $21,000 production awards to help produce a science-themed film project; an annual information session and scientific panel that introduces students to cutting edge scientific research, and an intensive competitive mentorship program in which students meet regularly under the supervision of a scientific advisor as they jointly develop science-themed scripts or film projects. Grant funds support these and related administrative costs for three years.

    To encourage the next generation of filmmakers to write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology through enhanced research, mentorship, and award opportunities

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  • grantee: SFFILM
    amount: $250,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2019

    To provide completion funding for a feature-length film about the life and scientific contributions of Nikola Tesla

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Elizabeth O'Malley

    To provide completion funding for a feature-length film about the life and scientific contributions of Nikola Tesla

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  • grantee: Women Make Movies, Inc.
    amount: $95,700
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To support the production of a feature-length documentary on neurologist Phil Kennedy, a pioneer in brain-computer interfacing, and how technology is affecting our brains

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Barbara Ghammashi

    To support the production of a feature-length documentary on neurologist Phil Kennedy, a pioneer in brain-computer interfacing, and how technology is affecting our brains

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  • grantee: Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc.
    amount: $74,678
    city: Pleasantville, NY
    year: 2018

    To produce a feature-length documentary on the Blue Brain Project to build a full-scale, self-aware simulation of the human brain

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Noah Hutton

    To produce a feature-length documentary on the Blue Brain Project to build a full-scale, self-aware simulation of the human brain

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  • grantee: American Museum of the Moving Image
    amount: $440,000
    city: Astoria, NY
    year: 2018

    To maintain the comprehensive, up-to-date, go-to site for the nationwide Sloan Film program, its partners, and 600+ film projects and to develop related outreach, events, and educational materials for students, teachers, and the general public

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Carl Goodman

    This grant provides three years of support to the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) to maintain and expand its Sloan Science & Film website, the most up-to-date, comprehensive resource for the Foundation’s Film program. In addition to cataloging over 600 past, present, and upcoming film projects by Sloan supported filmmakers, the site, along with its various social media channels, serves as an education, information, and engagement platform for the growing science in film community. Supported activities include updating the Sloan film catalog, live streaming six public events promoting science in film, producing four articles per week for publication on the site, and hiring a digital engagement strategist to maximize engagement across the site’s various social media channels.

    To maintain the comprehensive, up-to-date, go-to site for the nationwide Sloan Film program, its partners, and 600+ film projects and to develop related outreach, events, and educational materials for students, teachers, and the general public

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  • grantee: Carnegie Mellon University
    amount: $321,615
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2018

    To support the development and production of science and technology films, television, and new media projects by top film students

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Robert Handel

    This grant continues support for a program at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (CMU) that exposes top dramatic writing students to science and technology and awards prizes to student screenwriters who write science- or technology-themed scripts. The CMU program includes a fall symposium that brings scientists to the drama school to introduce students to recent developments in a variety of scientific disciplines; a year-long screenwriting workshop that meets weekly and focuses on the challenges and opportunities posed by incorporating science into dramatic or comedic narratives, a mentorship program that pairs film students with working scientists to help them depict science accurately in their work, an annual screenwriting competition that awards $17,500 to the two best science-themed scripts submitted, and a yearly showcase in Los Angeles and New York to bring student filmmakers into contact with leading producers, directors, and distributors in the film and television industry. Grant funds provide core support for these activities for another three years.

    To support the development and production of science and technology films, television, and new media projects by top film students

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  • grantee: American Film Institute
    amount: $345,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2018

    To support the development and production of science and technology films, television, and new media projects by top film students

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Joe Petricca

    This grant provides three years of continued support to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) efforts to encourage young screenwriters and filmmakers to write and produce compelling, engaging narrative films that explore scientific themes or have scientists, engineers, or mathematicians as major characters. AFI’s program includes three annual award programs: a $25,000 award given to the best student film project that brings science and technology to life; a $20,000 annual screenwriting award given to the best science-themed script; and a yearly tuition scholarship worth $45,000 given to an incoming graduate student with a background in the hard sciences who wishes to become a filmmaker and to incorporate scientific themes in his or her filmmaking. In addition, AFI holds a seminar series where established actors, writers, directors, and producers talk to students about science and Hollywood, and provides access to working scientists to serve as mentors on student scripts.

    To support the development and production of science and technology films, television, and new media projects by top film students

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  • grantee: University of Southern California
    amount: $415,654
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2018

    To support the development and production of science and technology films, television, and new media projects by top film students

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Alan Baker

    This grant, to the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) School of Cinematic Arts, provides three years of renewed support for a series of activities aiming to support student engagement with science as a subject matter in their work and to spur the development and production of science and technology film, television, and new media projects by USC film students. Supported activities include a $25,000 production award, given annually to the best student film project that features science and technology as a theme; two $17,500 screenwriting awards, given annually to the best student film or television scripts featuring science and technology as a theme; a $17,500 animation award, given annually to the best student animation project featuring science and technology as a theme; an annual $12,500 grant given to the most innovative student interactive game design project featuring science or technology as a theme; and a yearly seminar that brings USC film students together with leading scientists to discuss the power and potential of science as a vehicle in narrative filmmaking. In addition, grant funds will support a host of related support activities, including faculty mentoring, industry events, and dedicated science advisors to ensure accuracy of scientific content in student projects.

    To support the development and production of science and technology films, television, and new media projects by top film students

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