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: North Fork TV Festival, Inc.
    amount: $15,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To support the writing, packaging, pitching, and promotion of two scripted S&T television pilots at the inaugural North Fork TV Festival Pitch Forum

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Noah Doyle

    To support the writing, packaging, pitching, and promotion of two scripted S&T television pilots at the inaugural North Fork TV Festival Pitch Forum

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2021

    To support the production and associated marketing and promotion of two prime time American Experience documentary films about the role of science and technology in history

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Cameo George

    This grant supports the production and broadcast of two new technology-themed documentary films by American Experience, the long-running, award-winning history series produced by Boston television studio WGBH and distributed nationally on PBS. The first documentary, Black Death at the Golden Gate, looks at the scientific and social challenges posed by the threat of rampant disease through the true story of the outbreak of Bubonic Plague that hit San Francisco around 1900. Efforts to contain the disease were hampered by poor understanding of disease transmission, perceived threats to the city’s economic interests, and racially-biased assumptions about the nature and spread of the disease, as well as by an earthquake that roiled the city in 1906. The second documentary, The St. Francis Dam Disaster, tells a cautionary tale of one of the worst American civil engineering disasters, the collapse of the St. Francis Dam in March 1928, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people, the loss of millions of dollars, and the end of the career of pioneering Los Angeles civil engineer, William Mulholland. Occurring in a period when the control of water via massive engineering projects was transforming the American west, the disaster inspired a renewed emphasis on safety in dam siting and construction, including at the nascent Hoover Dam.

    To support the production and associated marketing and promotion of two prime time American Experience documentary films about the role of science and technology in history

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  • grantee: The Open Mind Legacy Project
    amount: $200,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2020

    To support eight to ten interviews with Sloan-supported authors and Sloan-related thinkers each year on “The Open Mind”

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Alexander Heffner

    To support eight to ten interviews with Sloan-supported authors and Sloan-related thinkers each year on “The Open Mind”

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  • grantee: WNET
    amount: $650,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2020

    To support a documentary film on physician, immunologist, and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, to air on PBS American Masters in 2021

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Michael Kantor

    This grant provides funding to American Masters for the research, production, and broadcast of a 90-minute documentary about the life, work, and impact of Dr. Anthony Fauci, The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for almost 40 years, Dr. Fauci has become an international celebrity and the face of science and reason in responding to COVID-19, advising the government and educating the public about the virus, the nature of pandemics, and how best to protect ourselves individually and as a society. In revisiting the long arc of Fauci’s career and his role in combatting HIV/AIDS, SARS, Ebola, and COVID-19, the documentary promises to shine a light on Fauci’s professional evolution, the political and social forces that shape epidemic responses in the United States, and the evolution of vaccine development, clinical drug trials, and public health policy. The documentary will air in 2021 as part of a PBS strand focusing on health issues.

    To support a documentary film on physician, immunologist, and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, to air on PBS American Masters in 2021

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  • grantee: Women Make Movies, Inc.
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2020

    To support a four-part documentary series about COVID-19 in the context of the 200-year history of public health, to air on PBS

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Barbara Ghammashi

    This grant provides funding for bestselling author Steven Johnson and historian David Olusoga, working with Nutopia, an award-winning TV production company, to produce and broadcast Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer, a four-part television series that will examine the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the past 300-year history of public health. Scheduled to air on PBS in the spring of 2021, each episode will juxtapose COVID-19 with one aspect of medicine and public health that has played a central role in increasing life expectancy over the past 100 years. Episode one explores our growing ability to prevent the spread of illness through the use of variolation and vaccination. Episode two explores the role of analyzing and mapping data—the science of epidemiology—in improving societal health outcomes. Episode three focuses on the surprisingly recent invention of penicillin and other medicines that combat illness directly. The final episode looks at the scientific and regulatory innovations that promote public safety and healthy behaviors.

    To support a four-part documentary series about COVID-19 in the context of the 200-year history of public health, to air on PBS

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  • grantee: Filmmakers Collaborative
    amount: $250,000
    city: Melrose, MA
    year: 2020

    To support The Resistance Project, a feature-length documentary that uses geology, geography, physics, soil science, and statistics to examine Holocaust resistance movements

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Laura Azevedo

    To support The Resistance Project, a feature-length documentary that uses geology, geography, physics, soil science, and statistics to examine Holocaust resistance movements

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  • grantee: The University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $25,000
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2020

    To support the creation and distribution of a 30-minute supercut and series of short videos for the documentary series “Power Trip: The Story of Energy”

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Michael Webber

    To support the creation and distribution of a 30-minute supercut and series of short videos for the documentary series “Power Trip: The Story of Energy”

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  • grantee: North Fork TV Festival, Inc.
    amount: $175,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2020

    To recruit, curate, and exhibit a high-quality science or technology focused television pilot at the 2020 North Fork TV Festival

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Noah Doyle

    To recruit, curate, and exhibit a high-quality science or technology focused television pilot at the 2020 North Fork TV Festival

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2020

    To support a two-hour NOVA special, “Your Brain,” about the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience hosted by neuroscientist and clinician Heather Berlin

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Julia Cort

    This grant supports the production and airing of Your Brain, a two-hour NOVA television special about the latest developments in neuroscience. To be hosted by Heather Berlin, a neuroscientist, clinician, and science communicator, the special will use Berlin’s personal history, work with patients, and research on the neural basis of the unconscious as a frame for discussing a variety of important developments in neuroscience, including brain-machine interfaces, creating artificial brain tissue, understanding consciousness, and cutting-edge treatments for mental health disorders. Grant funds will support production of the special, along with associated promotion and outreach to ensure a wide, diverse audience.

    To support a two-hour NOVA special, “Your Brain,” about the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience hosted by neuroscientist and clinician Heather Berlin

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $150,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2019

    To support a one-hour NOVA special about the scientific, technological, social, and criminal justice implications of personal DNA testing

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Chris Schmidt

    To support a one-hour NOVA special about the scientific, technological, social, and criminal justice implications of personal DNA testing

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