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: Hamptons International Film Festival
    amount: $186,467
    city: East Hampton, NY
    year: 2013

    To commission and spotlight science and technology films and develop science and technology screenplays into production

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Anne Chaisson

    This grant provides one year of continued support to the Hamptons International Film Festival for a variety of interconnected activities to promote the development, production, and distribution of accurate, high-quality science themed screenplays and feature films. Supported activities include a feature film prize given to the best science-themed film submitted to the Festival; an accompanying panel and reception; a five-day screenwriters’ lab to assist writers with screenplays in development; a series of screenings of science-themed works in and around New York City; and a production grant to assist with the promotion of a high-quality science-themed film.

    To commission and spotlight science and technology films and develop science and technology screenplays into production

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  • grantee: Carnegie Mellon University
    amount: $195,000
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2013

    To encourage top film students to write screenplays about science and technology

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

    This grant provides two years of continued support for a series of initiatives at the Carnegie Mellon School of Dramatic Writing to encourage its film students to write high quality, accurate screenplays about science and technology or feature scientists, engineers, or mathematicians as major characters. Funded activities include a yearly symposium for film students introducing them to internationally recognized scientists; two semesters of training in screenwriting; guest-faculty workshops by accomplished mentor screenwriters; a program pairing students with scientific advisors to ensure the accuracy of scripts’ scientific content; the presentation of two awards for the best student science-themed script; and a variety of professional development activities, including industry showcases of student work in both Los Angeles and New York.

    To encourage top film students to write screenplays about science and technology

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  • grantee: American Museum of the Moving Image
    amount: $358,170
    city: Astoria, NY
    year: 2013

    To maintain and expand a go-to site for the Sloan Film program that showcases Sloan-winning films and filmmakers, features original articles and status updates, and serves as a science and film web hub

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

    The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) hosts the Sloan Science and Film website, the most comprehensive single resource documenting outputs from Sloan’s Film program, including a growing library of 439 Sloan film projects; 282 screenplays; and 76 Sloan-winning films presented by the Hamptons, Sundance, and Tribeca Film Festivals. In addition to the video content and award history the site catalogues, the website features articles about Sloan films; status updates about members of the Sloan film community; and general interest articles, news items, and features about science as depicted in film and television in the broader culture. This grant provides three years of continued support to MoMI for hosting and curation of the Sloan Science and Film website. Additional funds support a series of science and film events hosted by MoMI during the World Science Festival and the Imagine Science Festival.

    To maintain and expand a go-to site for the Sloan Film program that showcases Sloan-winning films and filmmakers, features original articles and status updates, and serves as a science and film web hub

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $216,689
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2012

    To award the annual Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize to the best-of-the-best student film from all film school partners and to develop each winning screenplay toward production

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Natalie Mooallem

    Instituted two years ago to reward the most promising student screenwriters, the Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize is awarded annually to the single best student screenplay from among the Foundation's six film school partners: American Film Institute, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, UCLA, and USC. Winning scripts demonstrate how scientific content can become the basis for an entertaining and marketable film, and previous winners-Robert Cohen's Bystander and Grainger David's Pennystock-have gone on to garner significant media and industry attention. Selected by an independent panel of scientists, actors, and industry insiders, winners of the award receive a $30,000 production grant to help turn the script into a completed film; support from a noted industry mentor to guide the project; a committed science advisor; and marketing (meetings, readings, events), distribution, and networking support to maximize the screenplay's chances of production and distribution. This grant provides continued support for the Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize for two years.

    To award the annual Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize to the best-of-the-best student film from all film school partners and to develop each winning screenplay toward production

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  • grantee: Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
    amount: $20,000
    city: Brookline, MA
    year: 2012

    To support Coolidge Corner Theatre, which leads the Foundation's Science on Screen initiative, in their transition to digital projection

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Denise Kasell

    To support Coolidge Corner Theatre, which leads the Foundation's Science on Screen initiative, in their transition to digital projection

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $1,500,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2012

    For co-production of a feature-length dramatic film on Lise Meitner for worldwide theatrical release and for prime time television broadcast as a two-hour special on NOVA

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Paula Apsell

    For co-production of a feature-length dramatic film on Lise Meitner for worldwide theatrical release and for prime time television broadcast as a two-hour special on NOVA

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  • grantee: American Film Institute
    amount: $288,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2012

    To encourage the next generation of storytellers to create more realistic and dramatic stories about science and technology, and to challenge stereotypes about scientists and engineers through film

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

    This grant to the American Film Institute (AFI), one of the Foundation's six film school partners, supports continued efforts to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to incorporate scientific themes and characters in their work, and to challenge stereotypes about scientists and engineers through film. AFI provides a yearly $10,000 prize awarded to the best science or technology-themed screenplay written by an AFI student; an annual $25,000 production award to a science-themed film to help defray production costs; and an annual $35,000 tuition scholarship to a filmmaker with a background in science and a passion for pursuing science-themed filmmaking as a career. Additional funds provide students with expert science to ensure the accuracy of scientific content, and a seminar series where practicing scientists discuss the latest research and discoveries and the potential they hold for narrative filmmaking.

    To encourage the next generation of storytellers to create more realistic and dramatic stories about science and technology, and to challenge stereotypes about scientists and engineers through film

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $309,600
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2012

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

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Etana Jacobson

    This grant provides three years of support to the University of California, Los Angeles' School of Theater, Film and Television, one of the Foundation's six film school partners, for its continuing efforts to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to incorporate scientific themes and characters in their work, and to challenge stereotypes about scientists and engineers through film. UCLA sponsors a number of initiatives to expose film students to the narrative possibilities of exploring science and technology in their work. Grant funds support an annual, full-day colloquium brings together top UCLA science faculty from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds to lecture on interesting new developments in science and technology; two annual $10,000 screenwriting prizes to be awarded to the best science-themed scripts, an annual $30,000 directing fellowship awarded to the best science themed film project; and funds providing science mentors to ensure the accuracy of science-themed film content and to mentor students as they research and write scripts. The program promises to continue to build on the UCLA program's success in building a cadre of talented young filmmakers eager to explore scientific themes and characters in their careers.

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

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $473,567
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2012

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

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

    This grant provides three years of support to New York University's Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & TV for its continuing efforts to provide opportunities for emerging filmmakers to work with practicing scientists, to incentivize these filmmakers to produce high-quality scripts that engage with scientific themes or topics, and to facilitate the development of those scripts into completed films. Grant funds will support an annual colloquium that brings together film students and working scientists, expert advisors to ensure the accuracy of scientific content, and a yearly awards program that provides development funds to student screenwriters and filmmakers who submit the most engaging, entertaining, and accurate scripts on scientific topics.

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

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  • grantee: University of Southern California
    amount: $358,350
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2012

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

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

    Funds from this grant support three innovative annual awards programs at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts that urge students to write, direct, produce, and animate scripts that touch on scientific themes or feature scientists, mathematicians, or engineers as major characters. The first, aimed at student screenwriters, awards $15,000 to the best science-themed script submitted. The second provides $22,500 in production support to turn two compelling, accurate science-themed scripts into completed films. The third, aimed at animators, awards $15,000 in production support to a high-quality science themed animation project. Other grant funds support stipends for science advisors for student film projects to ensure the accuracy of scientific content, and for an annual science colloquium that educates students on exciting new scientific advances. Taken together, the USC program provides a rising generation of filmmakers with a powerful introduction to the narrative possibilities of merging science and film.

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

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