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: 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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  • grantee: Sloan Projects LLC
    amount: $350,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2012

    To provide co-funding for a theatrical film about Stanley Milgram intended for distribution in all media, including a television broadcast

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Ted Hope

    The grant provides partial support for the production and release of a feature film on the life and work of social scientist Stanley Milgram, the researcher made famous through a series of shocking experiments that tested individuals' propensity to defer to authority, even when deference entailed the performance of ethically suspect actions. The screenplay, written by Michael Almareyda, will be produced by Ted Hope, producer of In the Bedroom, The Ice Storm, The Brothers McMullen, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Savages and will focus on taking a wider view of Milgram's life and work, placing his obedience experiments in the context of his larger research program and providing a more expansive perspective on his contributions to science and culture. Funds will provide general support, as well as monies to ensure a qualified science advisor to ensure the accuracy of the film's scientific content.

    To provide co-funding for a theatrical film about Stanley Milgram intended for distribution in all media, including a television broadcast

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $200,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2012

    To sustain and strengthen the role of the Science and Entertainment Exchange--and of science and technology--in Hollywood

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

    Launched in 2009 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Science and Entertainment Exchange is a program that seeks to enhance and improve the scientific content of film and television through connecting writers, producers, directors, and other entertainment industry professionals with top research scientists and engineers. To date the Exchange has consulted on over 400 film and television projects, including big-budget film productions like Apollo 18, Battleship, Iron Man 2, and Green Lantern and hit television programs like Castle, House, The Good Wife, and Covert Affairs. It also sponsors salons and panel discussions, bringing together industry insiders and scientists. Funds from this two-year grant provide core support for the Science and Entertainment Exchange, allowing it to reach out to more individuals, studios, networks, and guilds; to target television more aggressively; to expand its database of current science experts and add new scientific fields that are not currently represented; to improve publicity around major releases of films and TV; and to expand its presence and impact on the web and in social media.

    To sustain and strengthen the role of the Science and Entertainment Exchange--and of science and technology--in Hollywood

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  • grantee: National Geographic Society
    amount: $125,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2012

    To design a digital and media outreach plan around James Cameron's deep dive to the Marianna Trenches

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Terry Garcia

    To design a digital and media outreach plan around James Cameron's deep dive to the Marianna Trenches

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $749,990
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2011

    To develop new science and technology films for production and to showcase science and technology films and hold panels and readings at Tribeca

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Beth Janson

    Funds from this grant provide two years of funding to the Tribeca Film Institute for its ongoing efforts to support films and filmmakers that explore scientific and technological themes. With Sloan Foundation support, the Institute will annually award up to $140,000, in grants from $10,000 to $40,000, to compelling narrative filmmaking that explores scientific, mathematical, and technological themes and storylines, or that features a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, innovator or mathematician. In addition to such financial support, Tribeca provides selected filmmakers with professional guidance and mentorship, including project notes, networking assistance, and exposure to financing and distribution executives. Funds from this grant also support a series of high profile events at the Tribeca Film Festival, including a screening and discussion series, readings of in-progress scripts exploring scientific and technological themes, and an awards ceremony and reception honoring winning filmmakers.

    To develop new science and technology films for production and to showcase science and technology films and hold panels and readings at Tribeca

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  • grantee: Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
    amount: $463,426
    city: Brookline, MA
    year: 2011

    To support Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen series and expand it with small grants to 40 theaters nationwide

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

    In 2010, the Foundation supported a pilot program based at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to support film screenings and subsequent science discussions at art house theaters across the country. That effort, Science on Screen, was successfully piloted at eight independent theaters across the country. Funds from this grant will enable the series to be expanded to include up to 40 theaters over the next two years. Coolidge will prepare a syllabus that includes film programming suggestions, speakers, case studies, and marketing and outreach guidelines and will conduct a major outreach seminar at the Art House Convergence, the largest gathering of art house cinema managers in the country, which convenes annually just before the Sundance Film Festival. Independent theaters who successfully apply to be part of the Coolidge effort will receive $7,000 stipends to help create their own Science on Screen series, which must include a minimum of three screenings or science-themed events during the year. In addition, Coolidge will coordinate a national Science on Screen day, organizing same-day screenings at all participating theaters.

    To support Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen series and expand it with small grants to 40 theaters nationwide

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $474,400
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2011

    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 Sheril Antonio

    This grant funds a project by New York University's Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & TV to spur the production of high-quality, feature-length films about science and technology through a competitive awards open to all NYU film students. Each year for the next three years, NYU will offer $100,000 to the best student script exploring scientific, mathematical, or technological themes or featuring a scientist, mathematician, or engineer as a main character, with award funds to be used to turn the script into a feature length film. NYU will administer the awards process, accepting applications, convening a faculty panel to select quarter-finalists, advising filmmakers on needed script revisions, and arranging for scripts that advance as semi-finalists to procure an appropriate science advisor to ensure technical accuracy. Three scripts moving on to the final round will each receive $5,000 awards.

    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: Brooklyn Academy of Music
    amount: $122,250
    city: Brooklyn, NY
    year: 2011

    Research and planning for a feature length film and television broadcast about Einstein on the Beach

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

    Research and planning for a feature length film and television broadcast about Einstein on the Beach

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  • grantee: Film Independent, Inc.
    amount: $330,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2011

    To develop science scripts and support producing teams developing Sloan-worthy feature films

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

    Funds from this three-year grant will support activities by Film Independent to develop science-themed film scripts and assist production teams developing science-themed feature films. Grant funds will primarily support two ongoing programs at Film Independent: the Sloan Producer's Grant program, which chooses one science script each year and develops it through a seven-week course of mentorship so that the project emerges with a realistic budget, schedule, and business plan; and the Fast Track program, which chooses exceptional science-themed film projects that are ready for financing and exposes them to more than 60 film financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals during an intensive series of meetings held at the Los Angeles Film festival. Also supported through this grant is an annual reception hosted by Film Independent at the Filmmaker Forum of the Director's Guild of America, where Sloan supported writers and directors are given special exposure to some 400 influential filmmakers and industry professionals.

    To develop science scripts and support producing teams developing Sloan-worthy feature films

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $330,700
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2011

    To hold the triennial Sloan Film Summit, developing the community and highlighting the achievements of Sloan's Film Program including six film schools, four screenplay development programs, three film festivals, and associated film and theater artists

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Beth Janson

    This grant to the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) provides funds for the fifth triennial Sloan Film Summit in New York City in 2011. The summit is an important community-building event that brings together prize-winning students, faculty, and administration from the Foundation's six film school partners as well as screenwriters, filmmakers, and administrators from Sloan's four screenplay development and film festival partners: Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons, and Film Independent. Funded summit activities include an opening night reception; a screening of award-winning shorts from each film school; screenplay readings of award-winning scripts with accomplished actors; panels on science, film, and new media that bring together notable scientists and filmmakers; a meeting of Film program administrators; and an industry meetings where filmmakers meet and pitch their films to leading members of the film industry. Among the key materials that will come out of the summit are a compilation DVD of award-winning shorts and a hard book and an iPhone/iPad application that lists all the screenplay and film projects of the past three years with bios and contact information for the filmmakers to be distributed to agents, managers, and development executives.

    To hold the triennial Sloan Film Summit, developing the community and highlighting the achievements of Sloan's Film Program including six film schools, four screenplay development programs, three film festivals, and associated film and theater artists

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