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: 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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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $361,648
    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 Kathleen McHugh

    This grant provides three years of renewed support to the University of California Los Angeles, for a series of activities, programs, and initiatives designed to encourage UCLA film students to engage with scientific themes in their filmmaking and to produce science-themed films and screenplays. Funded activities include an annual colloquium that brings film students together with leading researchers to discuss the newest developments in science and technology; one annual, $30,000 production grant awarded to the best film project that incorporates scientific or technical themes; two annual $15,000 screenwriting awards given to the best student scripts incorporating scientific themes or featuring a scientist, engineer, or mathematician as a major character; one annual, $15,000 filmmaking grant for the best episodic television project that explores scientific or technical themes; and the development of a screenwriting course open exclusively to students who are working on a science-themed project. The course will help students explore both the challenges and opportunities of incorporating scientific themes into narrative film and television. In addition, this grant provides funds for dedicated scientific advisors to help students with their projects, independent judges to evaluate student submission, and faculty support and other operational costs associated with administration of program.  

    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: IEEE Foundation, Inc.
    amount: $125,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To support enhanced animation and graphics for a feature documentary about Claude Shannon, the father of information theory

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Richard Allen

    To support enhanced animation and graphics for a feature documentary about Claude Shannon, the father of information theory

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $261,636
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To support the Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize for the annual selection and development of the best-of-the-best screenplay from Sloan’s six film school partners and to pilot a new Sloan Discovery Award selected from six new non-Sloan film school screenplays with S&T themes

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Molly O'Keefe

    Funds from this grant provide two years of support for the continued administration of the Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize, which honors the best science- or technology-themed feature film script produced by a student at one of the Foundation’s six participating film school partners: American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, NYU Tisch, UCLA, and USC. Each participating school submits one script for consideration each year, and nominated screenwriters are then paired with a dedicated mentor to help improve their submissions with an eye toward shepherding the script to production. An independent panel of distinguished filmmakers and scientists then selects the winning script, whose screenwriter or writers receive a $20,000 prize and a cocktail reception in their honor. They also receive support for an industry mentor to guide the project, a committed science advisor, other marketing and distribution efforts, and two professional development workshops to further develop the project.   Additional grant funds will support the pilot creation of a new $10,000 prize for the best science- or technology-themed feature film script submitted by film students drawn from one of six schools outside the Foundation’s existing group of film school partners. Schools invited to compete for this new “Sloan Discovery Prize” include Brooklyn College Feirstein School of Cinema, SUNY Purchase School of Film and Media Studies, Florida State University, San Francisco State University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Texas, Austin.

    To support the Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize for the annual selection and development of the best-of-the-best screenplay from Sloan’s six film school partners and to pilot a new Sloan Discovery Award selected from six new non-Sloan film school screenplays with S&T themes

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  • grantee: Barnard College
    amount: $15,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To support a screening of the Sloan-supported documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story and a panel about portraying women in science on the screen at the Athena Film Festival in February 2018

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Kathryn Kolbert

    To support a screening of the Sloan-supported documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story and a panel about portraying women in science on the screen at the Athena Film Festival in February 2018

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  • grantee: Sundance Institute
    amount: $500,000
    city: Beverly Hills, CA
    year: 2017

    To support a science and technology film program at the nation's pre-eminent independent film center that includes screenwriting fellowships, feature film prizes, science and film panels, and associated outreach

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Michelle Satter

    This grant continues a Sloan partnership with the Sundance Film Institute for a series of initiatives that promote the development, production, and distribution of science-themed films. Annual initiatives include The Sloan Commissioning Grant, which is awarded to a screenwriter or producer with an early-stage science-themed project to support its development. The award includes a cash grant; a stipend for a science advisor and research; mentorship; and year?round staff support from Sundance. The Sloan Lab Fellowship in the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, which supports the participation of a filmmaker and his or her science-themed script in the Screenwriters Lab, Screenwriters Intensive, or Creative Producing Summit; Winners participate in the Feature Film Fellows Track at the Sundance Film Festival and are eligible for additional Feature Film Program Labs. The fellowship also includes a grant to support the development of the project, including funds for science research and advice. The Sloan Lab Fellowship in the Sundance Institute Episodic Program, which supports a writer with an early-stage episodic project to support its development for television or online platforms. It includes a cash grant to support the development of the project, a stipend for a science advisor, and mentorship and other support from Sundance staff. The Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which is selected by a jury of film and science professionals. This award and accompanying cash prize is presented at the Sundance Film Festival to the writer and director of an outstanding feature film focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer, or mathematician as a major character. The Scienc-in-Film Forum at the Sundance Film Festival, which is a moderated panel discussion featuring independent filmmakers and leading scientists and technology experts. Grant funds support these initiatives and additional outreach, publicity, and administrative costs for a period of two years.

    To support a science and technology film program at the nation's pre-eminent independent film center that includes screenwriting fellowships, feature film prizes, science and film panels, and associated outreach

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