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: New York University
    amount: $429,450
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2009

    For screenwriting and production of science and technology films by top film students

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Sheril Antonio

    This is one of a trio of three-year renewal grants from the nation's leading film schools to continue awarding screenwriting and production awards for science and technology films and to hold an annual science and technology seminar. Many producers are now combing through all the Sloan student winners for new scripts. Our 2008 Sloan Summit, which showcased the work of student winners, attracted executives from the major studios and independent film companies. New York University Tisch School of the Arts, arguably our strongest overall performer, has continued to develop and refine its program. This year they propose several changes, including the addition of a "script doctor"-Professor Ezra Sacks, an established screenwriter-to advise and assist students in the development and writing of their screenplays. These changes and improvements have all been offset by cuts in other parts of the budget so the only net increase from 2006 is a small one for film production-from $20,000 to $25,000 a film or an increase of $10,000 a year for three years-because production costs have increased significantly. From the start, NYU Tisch has demonstrated a high degree of commitment and belief in this program. Tisch, usually tied with University of Southern California for number one in the national film school rankings, has devoted more faculty, administration and resources and given out more awards than any other Sloan film school. Trustee Campbell excused herself from the meeting when this grant was discussed.

    For screenwriting and production of science and technology films by top film students

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  • grantee: Film Independent, Inc.
    amount: $156,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2009

    To develop three science and technology films through the production process

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

    Film Independent is one of the largest and most prominent film organizations dedicated to independent films in the United States. FI sponsors screenings, special events, film education and talent development for its 6,000 filmmaker members, who include established Oscar-winning actors and directors. Film Independent performed very well with the one previous two-year grant they received, yielding two outstanding projects: Basmati Blues, a romantic comedy with Bollywood elements about a female geneticist from the U.S. who goes to India to help farmers with genetically modified rice; and The Man Who Knew Infinity, a tale about the great Indian mathematician Ramanujan. FI requests a renewal for two years of continued support for the Producer's Lab grant, an intense seven-week program that focuses on ten scripts each year, and would also like to establish a $25,000 named fellowship for a second science-themed project. This fellowship would include a $10,000 production grant, underwriting for participation in Fast Track, an intensive film financing market that takes place at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and year-round support and resources from FI, including mentorship from science advisors. The thrust of both these programs, as with projects like Hedy Lamarr, is to try and push more of these science and technology film projects into production and distribution.

    To develop three science and technology films through the production process

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  • grantee: American Museum of the Moving Image
    amount: $72,313
    city: Astoria, NY
    year: 2009

    To enhance the Sloan Film Program by showcasing winning films and filmmakers, holding annual events and creating a science and film web hub

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

    To enhance the Sloan Film Program by showcasing winning films and filmmakers, holding annual events and creating a science and film web hub

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  • grantee: Sloan Projects LLC
    amount: $2,500,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2008

    Co-production of a feature film and television broadcast about screen siren and unheralded inventor Hedy Lamarr (Program Related Investment)

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Doron Weber

    Co-production of a feature film and television broadcast about screen siren and unheralded inventor Hedy Lamarr (Program Related Investment)

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  • grantee: Sundance Institute
    amount: $487,000
    city: Beverly Hills, CA
    year: 2008

    To support a program of S&T films, film panels and film fellowships at Sundance

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Kenneth Brecher

    To support a program of S&T films, film panels and film fellowships at Sundance

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  • grantee: Galatee Films
    amount: $2,700,000
    city: Paris, France
    year: 2008

    To complete production of the seminal documentary film Oceans, to cement its public affiliation with the Census of Marine Life, and to enhance its legacy for the scientific community

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Jacques Perrin

    To complete production of the seminal documentary film Oceans, to cement its public affiliation with the Census of Marine Life, and to enhance its legacy for the scientific community

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  • grantee: American Film Institute
    amount: $312,178
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2008

    To hold a three-day summit meeting in Hollywood of the entire Sloan film program

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

    To hold a three-day summit meeting in Hollywood of the entire Sloan film program

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  • grantee: Hamptons International Film Festival
    amount: $487,000
    city: East Hampton, NY
    year: 2008

    To commission and highlight science and technology films and to develop S&T screenplays

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Karen Arikian

    To commission and highlight science and technology films and to develop S&T screenplays

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  • grantee: Brooklyn Academy of Music
    amount: $20,000
    city: Brooklyn, NY
    year: 2008

    To screen two Sloan winning Sundance films and hold a panel with Sloan Filmmaker at the Sundance Institute at BAM festival

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Karen Hopkins

    To screen two Sloan winning Sundance films and hold a panel with Sloan Filmmaker at the Sundance Institute at BAM festival

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $689,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2008

    To develop new science and technology feature films for production and to showcase S&T films and hold panels at the Tribeca Film Festival

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Jane Rosenthal

    To develop new science and technology feature films for production and to showcase S&T films and hold panels at the Tribeca Film Festival

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