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: Film Independent, Inc.
    amount: $35,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2011

    To expedite one science and technology film into production with a Fast Track fellowship

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

    To expedite one science and technology film into production with a Fast Track fellowship

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $221,837
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Film
    • Investigator Trey Ellis

    This grant provides continuing support to Columbia University, one of the Foundation's six film school partners, for three more years of activities designed to encourage top film students to develop screenplays and produce short films about science and technology. Activities supported through this grant include the provision of faculty mentors and science advisors for students working on science-themed film projects, two annual awards for production of short films on science and technology, two annual awards to develop promising feature film scripts with science content, and networking events with select film industry producers, agents, and managers.

    To write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology

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  • grantee: Carnegie Mellon University
    amount: $284,360
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2010

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

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

    This grant provides continuing support to Carnegie Mellon University, one of the Foundation's six film school partners, for three more years of activities designed to encourage top film students to develop screenplays about science and technology. Activities supported under this grant include a symposium featuring internationally recognized scientists and technologists discussing current work in their fields; two semesters of training in screenwriting, guest-faculty workshops by accomplished screenwriting mentors; consultations by scientists and technologists on scripts in progress; the presentation of two awards for outstanding student screenplays exploring scientific themes or featuring scientists or technologists as characters, and activities to promote student career advancement, including industry showcases in Los Angeles and New York.

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

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  • grantee: Sundance Institute
    amount: $750,000
    city: Beverly Hills, CA
    year: 2010

    To support a program of science and technology films, film panels, and film fellowships at Sundance

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

    This grant funds three years of the Sloan Science-in-Film initiative by the Sundance Institute, which runs the Sundance Film Festival, the premiere independent film festival in the U.S. Funds will support four annual components of the initiative: a commissioning grant, a feature film fellowship, a $20,000 best Science and Technology feature film prize, and a panel of filmmakers and scientists followed by an awards reception.

    To support a program of science and technology films, film panels, and film fellowships at Sundance

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $100,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2010

    To develop a screenplay about physicist Lise Meitner for a financing package leading to a theatrical feature film and/or a television broadcast

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

    This grant to the WGBH Educational Foundation provides development funds for a screenplay about physicist Lise Meitner, who, with Otto Hahn, did the critical research leading to the discovery of nuclear fission, but who was excluded from the Nobel Prize that went to Hahn. Funds will go towards hiring a professional screenwriter to work with the director on the project and for a financing package that will enable a theatrical release and television broadcast on PBS's NOVA.

    To develop a screenplay about physicist Lise Meitner for a financing package leading to a theatrical feature film and/or a television broadcast

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  • grantee: Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
    amount: $150,318
    city: Brookline, MA
    year: 2010

    To support screenings and discussion of science films at art house theaters across the country

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

    This grant provides support to the Coolidge Corner Theater, regularly voted the best movie theater in Boston and boasting a national reputation, as it continues its pioneering Science on Screen series and expands the series to movie theaters across the country. The Science on Screen series is notable because-in addition to screening traditional Sloan-style science films like Primer, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Brief History of Time-it takes non-scientific movies like American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Fight Club and shines a serious scientific lens on major themes in these films, following each showing with in-depth discussions led by working scientists. At the Arthouse Convergence, a major meeting of Art House theater professionals held in advance of the Sundance Film Festival, Coolidge plans to make a formal presentation and hold a Science on Screen workshop, distributing the syllabus, showcasing videos of speakers, discussing programming ideas, and exploring potential marketing and audience development tactics. This effort is an experiment that seeks to build on build on Coolidge's existing successes and scale them up in a meaningful way.

    To support screenings and discussion of science films at art house theaters across the country

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  • grantee: Hamptons International Film Festival
    amount: $527,456
    city: East Hampton, NY
    year: 2010

    To commission and spotlight science and technology films and to develop science and technology screenplays

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

    This grant provides support to the The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), for continued development of its activities in the Sloan Film program. HIFF activities consist of a $25,000 annual feature film prize with multiple screenings, a panel with filmmakers and scientists, a reception, and an intensive screenwriting workshop with staged readings of works-in-progress at the festival. Previous Foundation support of HIFF has resulted in an impressive roster of Sloan-winning films and directors, including Darren Aronofsky, Julian Schnabel, Michael Apted, Bill Condon and Marc Abraham, all of whom participated-in person, on video or via letter-at the festival's tenth anniversary tribute to the accomplishments of the Sloan partnership in 2009. Funds from this grant will ensure continuation of this successful partnership through the next three years.

    To commission and spotlight science and technology films and to develop science and technology screenplays

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $192,784
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To create a two-year pilot to establish an annual Sloan Grand Jury Prize for the Best Student Science Screenplay and to develop this script through the Tribeca/Sloan Filmmaker Fund

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

    This grant to the Tribeca Film Institute will fund a pilot program to establish an annual Grand Jury Prize award for the single best student screenplay among the Foundation's six film school partners and to develop that script towards production. The aim of the award is to stimulate greater interest and excitement among the participating film schools and film students by awarding a "best of the best" prize and by fast-tracking the winning project for development so it becomes a major career opportunity for the winner. If successful, the award promises to lift the visibility and prestige of both of the winning filmmaker, his school, and the Sloan Film program as a whole.

    To create a two-year pilot to establish an annual Sloan Grand Jury Prize for the Best Student Science Screenplay and to develop this script through the Tribeca/Sloan Filmmaker Fund

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  • grantee: American Museum of the Moving Image
    amount: $239,631
    city: Astoria, NY
    year: 2010

    To showcase award-winning student films and to maintain a go-to site for all Sloan film and television projects and for all Sloan Film Program participants

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

    This grant supports the continued operation of the Sloan Science and Film website, scienceandfilm.org. Hosted and operated by the American Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), America's leading film museum, the site showcases student films produced by the Foundation's film school partners and provides a synopsis of all film projects under development with the Foundation's six film school and four film festival partners, promoting the Sloan Film program while serving as a key resource for program participants. The MoMI website remains an essential component of the Sloan Film program and the nearest thing to one-stop shopping for those seeking to learn about the program in all its aspects. The site has approximately 50 award-winning Sloan films available in their entirety for live streaming, making it an up-to-date showcase and a constantly evolving cinematheque for science film shorts. In addition, the site has an interactive directory that lists and describes every winning student screenplay and film, and includes every film project under development with our four main partners: Sundance, Hamptons, Tribeca and Film Independent. The MoMI Sloan Science and Film website remains a unique, state-of-the art feature that very few non-profit programs, or even for-profit film companies, can boast.

    To showcase award-winning student films and to maintain a go-to site for all Sloan film and television projects and for all Sloan Film Program participants

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $45,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To develop a web site for Science and Entertainment Exchange

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

    To develop a web site for Science and Entertainment Exchange

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