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: $250,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To support the production of a feature length documentary about the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology and AI

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

    To support the production of a feature length documentary about the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology and AI

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  • grantee: Academy Foundation
    amount: $450,000
    city: Beverly Hills, CA
    year: 2021

    To support film screenings, filmmaker discussions, and public programs focused on science and the science and technology of motion pictures

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Jacqueline Stewart

    This grant supports science and technology programming at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Foundation-supported programming will include screenings of Oscar nominated and winning films focused on science and scientists, a selection of talks and panel discussions with filmmakers and scientists, and an exhibit exploring the accomplishments of six Black visual effects artists. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, host of the Academy Awards and a membership organization for preeminent film professionals, is opening this new museum in Los Angeles as the definitive showcase devoted to the art, science, and myriad creators of cinema. It will occupy 300,000 square feet across two buildings, including six floors of exhibition galleries and public spaces and two theaters, and will reach an estimated 600,000 visitors in its first year.

    To support film screenings, filmmaker discussions, and public programs focused on science and the science and technology of motion pictures

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $356,868
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2021

    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 Brian Kite

    This grant provides three years of renewed support to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), for a series of activities, programs, and initiatives designed to encourage UCLA film students to engage with scientific and technological themes in their filmmaking and to produce science-themed films and screenplays. UCLA’s Sloan Foundation-supported activities include four annual prizes: a $30,000 production award; two $15,000 screenwriting awards; and a $15,000 episodic television award, as well as an annual colloquium that brings film students together with leading researchers to discuss the newest developments in science and technology. This grant also 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 the 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: American Film Institute
    amount: $375,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2021

    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 Tom Engfer

    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 narrative films that explore scientific themes or have scientists, engineers, or mathematicians as major characters. AFI’s Sloan Foundation-supported activities include four annual prizes: a $25,000 production award; a $20,000 annual screenwriting award; a $25,000 development award; and a $45,000 tuition award. 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: American Museum of the Moving Image
    amount: $132,820
    city: Astoria, NY
    year: 2021

    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 Sloan Discovery Award selected from six non-Sloan film school screenplays with S&T themes

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Sonia Epstein

    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 Sloan Discovery Award selected from six non-Sloan film school screenplays with S&T themes

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  • grantee: American Museum of the Moving Image
    amount: $60,000
    city: Astoria, NY
    year: 2021

    To support a public health-focused film series at the Queens Drive-In showcasing Sloan-supported documentaries and popular feature films introduced by scientists

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Sonia Epstein

    To support a public health-focused film series at the Queens Drive-In showcasing Sloan-supported documentaries and popular feature films introduced by scientists

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  • grantee: Film Independent, Inc.
    amount: $417,890
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2020

    To support the triennial Sloan Film Summit, a three-day event of screenings, panels, staged readings, project updates, networking opportunities, and community building for Sloan film grantees

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Josh Welsh

    This grant provides funding to Film Independent (FIND) to organize, publicize and host the next Sloan Film Summit, a major convening of all grantees in the Foundation’s Film program, held every three years pre-COVID. FIND will continue to include public-facing events that go beyond the Sloan attendees. FIND’s own membership has grown by 25% since the last summit and includes over 7,500 filmmakers, who will be among the target audience. The three-day summit, which will feature some 150 attendees, offers a rare opportunity for mingling and interacting among students, faculty, and administrators from the six long-established Sloan film schools; filmmakers and leaders from the five Sloan screenplay development and film festival partners; and the Museum of the Moving Image, Coolidge Corner Theatre, and the Science and Entertainment Exchange. The 2021 Summit will also include representatives from new entrants to the Sloan Film program, including the six new film schools in the Discovery Awards program and the Athena Film Festival and North Fork TV Festival. Planned activities at the festival include an opening night film screening and dinner, updates on Sloan award recipients, case studies of successful filmmaker-scientists collaborations, a networking lunch that connects filmmakers with scientists, staged screenplay readings, a panel where leading scientists discuss underappreciated scientific discoveries, and an industry connection event that will allow 100 filmmakers to meet one-on-one with agents, casting directors, distributors, and other industry executives.

    To support the triennial Sloan Film Summit, a three-day event of screenings, panels, staged readings, project updates, networking opportunities, and community building for Sloan film grantees

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $485,156
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2020

    For an annual feature film production grant over three years to enable film students to shoot a first feature film about science and technology

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

    This grant funds an innovative awards program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) that aims to promote the production of a science- or technology-themed full length feature film by students at the nation’s premier film school. The process begins with NYU film student submissions of one-page pitches of science films they propose to make. A dozen quarter-finalists are selected to move forward, and write step-by-step breakdowns of their films. Six semifinalists are then chosen and given a month to meet with scientists and film faculty to improve the science content, narrative, and design of their films before submitting revised treatments. Three winners are then selected and each is awarded $5,000 to develop their treatments into full-scale feature screenplays. Once screenplays are submitted, one winner is selected, who receives a $100,000 production award to make their first feature film. Grant funds support the continuation of this awards program for the next three years.

    For an annual feature film production grant over three years to enable film students to shoot a first feature film about science and technology

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  • grantee: Film Independent, Inc.
    amount: $663,042
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2020

    To provide direct support to develop and distribute science and technology scripts, teleplays, and films

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Lisa Hasko

    This grant funds an awards program by Film Independent (FIND), producer of the Independent Spirit Awards, that aims to help produce and distribute feature films with scientific or technological themes, or those that feature scientists, engineers, technologists, inventors, or mathematicians as major characters.   FIND makes several grants a year to achieve its aims: one producer a year selected to develop a science-themed script in FIND’s Producing Lab, with a $30,000 Producer’s grant and a reception and promotion around this project; one producer or producing team a year awarded a Sloan Fast Track Fellowship, which is a $20,000 cash grant and invitation to the Fast Track film financing market; one outstanding episodic television writer a year supported with a $15,000 grant to develop science-themed series in FIND’s new Episodic Lab; and an average of one exceptional science-themed film every 18 months for a total of two distribution grants of $50,000 each to incentivize buyers to acquire an eligible film for distribution. To date, FIND’s program has been a success. Every project supported has either been completed and released theatrically, is currently in preproduction, or remains at the script development stage. In addition, the program has an admirable record of promoting diverse voices, with women and people of color representing over 60% of their filmmakers.

    To provide direct support to develop and distribute science and technology scripts, teleplays, and films

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $499,995
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2020

    To sustain the Science and Entertainment Exchange and the role of science and science consultants in Hollywood and to provide programming and science advisors for the Sloan Film Program

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Ann Merchant

    Launched by the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 with Sloan support, the Science and Entertainment Exchange (the Exchange), is an ongoing program to increase the quality of scientific content in American film through providing directors, producers, and other Hollywood film executives with access to high quality consulting by real working scientists and researchers. Providing more than 250 consultations a year, the Exchange works to ensure accuracy when science is used in film and television, seeds new ideas within Hollywood by exposing creative and industry professionals to new scientific content, and acts as a well of professional advice across a wide range of scientific topics. This grant provides support for the Exchange for a period of three years, including funds to support science consultations, help expand and diversify the Exchange’s roster of more than 3,000 science consultants, create up to six videos targeting an online audience, and launch a new monthly series of online events designed to highlight successful industry-scientist partnerships fostered by the program.  

    To sustain the Science and Entertainment Exchange and the role of science and science consultants in Hollywood and to provide programming and science advisors for the Sloan Film Program

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