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: CUNY TV Foundation
    amount: $481,100
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To continue production of the series "Science Goes to the Movies" so there are enough episodes to initiate national distribution

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Robert Isaacson

    Science Goes to the Movies is a new public television program produced by the CUNY TV Foundation that reviews current movies and television shows from a scientific perspective. Topics discussed in early episodes include visualizing black holes, Birdman and the prevalence of hallucinations, and depictions of women scientists in the Big Bang Theory. Hosted by neuroscientist Heather Belin and journalist Faith Sailie, Science Goes to the Movies premiered in February 2015 and is reaching a growing audience through integrated use of broadcast, cable, web, and mobile platforms and has performed well in its native market of New York City. Funds from this grant provide production support for the show as it explores possible distribution to a national audience through PBS’s Executive Programming Service, bringing the series to half the PBS stations in the country with a net audience of more than a million viewers.

    To continue production of the series "Science Goes to the Movies" so there are enough episodes to initiate national distribution

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  • grantee: Creative Visions
    amount: $866,281
    city: Malibu, CA
    year: 2015

    To produce an American Masters' documentary for PBS on the remarkable life and scientific achievements of Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Trevor Hall

    The grant funds a collaboration between PBS's American Masters series and Reframed Pictures, a new production company founded by actress Susan Sarandon, to produce a 90-minute documentary about Hedy Lamarr. The show, with Richard Rhodes as the primary technology advisor and Rhodes's Sloan-supported book Hedy's Folly as the primary text, will focus on Lamarr's pioneering invention of frequency hopping—the basis for cell phones, GPS, and Wi-Fi technology—as well as Lamarr's colorful life and her renown as a glamorous Hollywood actress whose fame and beauty obscured her landmark contributions as an inventor.

    To produce an American Masters' documentary for PBS on the remarkable life and scientific achievements of Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $2,500,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2015

    To produce and broadcast four new documentaries on the role of science and technology in history on PBS's The American Experience

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Mark Samels

    Funds from this grant support the production of four science- and technology-themed documentaries to be broadcast by The American Experience, the longest running and most successful history series on television. Supported episodes include Nikola Tesla, a two-hour special about the visionary inventor of the alternating current electric supply system and radio control technology who forecast the Internet, solar power, and military drones. The documentary will draw on the recently published Sloan-supported biography by Bernard Carlson, which contains original research about Tesla's technological training and a wealth of detail about his endless inventions, both successes and failures; The Race Underground about the great engineering challenge to build the first subway and transform urban transit told via the competition between brothers Henry and William Whitney, one in New York and one in Boston; and The Aeronauts, a fascinating little-known tale of the Air Force researchers and test pilots who paved the way for the U.S. space program by testing the limits of the human body in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. The topic of the fourth show is yet to be determined. Additional grant funds will support marketing, advertising, and promotion of the episodes, both on air and online; an active social media campaign; and targeted outreach to communities and organizations with a specific interest in these subjects.

    To produce and broadcast four new documentaries on the role of science and technology in history on PBS's The American Experience

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  • grantee: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.
    amount: $500,000
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2014

    To increase coverage of the NewsHour’s Making Sen$e program by one-third and make it a weekly broadcast with a designated regular time slot

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Sara Just

    This grant provides continued support to the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, producer of the PBS NewsHour, for the production and broadcast of a recurring series of high-quality segments on economic and financial topics. Funds support the production of 52 segments per year, to be produced by NewsHour reporter Paul Solman and broadcast weekly on a regular schedule.  Additional funds support the creation of supplementary economic materials for the NewsHour website.

    To increase coverage of the NewsHour’s Making Sen$e program by one-third and make it a weekly broadcast with a designated regular time slot

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  • grantee: University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $50,000
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2014

    To produce a 5- to 7-minute demo reel and revised treatment for a 6-part PBS series "Energy at the Movies"

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

    To produce a 5- to 7-minute demo reel and revised treatment for a 6-part PBS series "Energy at the Movies"

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  • grantee: WNET
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To produce ten hour-long episodes on "Brain Science and Society" co-hosted by Charlie Rose and Eric Kandel, to be broadcast on PBS and Bloomberg and made available online

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Charlie Rose

    This grant provides funds for a new series, to be broadcast on PBS and Bloomberg Television, that will focus on the relationship between brain science and society.  To be hosted by award?winning journalist Charlie Rose and Nobel-winning biologist Eric Kandel, the new series will focus on a wide range of social issues connected with brain science, showing how much or how little the latest advances in neuroscience can help us understand our behavior. Topics will include aggression and the social amplification of violence; gender identity and gender-related differences in cognitive function; psychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and eating disorders; the inheritance of acquired traits and the impact of growing up in adverse circumstances; the consequences of sports-induced head trauma; brain science and criminal justice; erasing traumatic memories; aging populations and brain function; and genetic counseling for neurological and psychiatric disorders.  The series will consist of 10, hour-long episodes with each episode featuring a panel of four-to-five experts in roundtable discussion.

    To produce ten hour-long episodes on "Brain Science and Society" co-hosted by Charlie Rose and Eric Kandel, to be broadcast on PBS and Bloomberg and made available online

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  • grantee: CUNY TV Foundation
    amount: $457,200
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To pilot a 13-part TV series co-hosted by a  journalist and a scientist that reviews the latest movies and television shows, with an emphasis on the science angle

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Robert Isaacson

    Funds from this grant provide partial support for the pilot season of a new series, Science at the Movies, which will review the scientific content and characters of the films, television, and other entertainment media.  To be produced by CUNY TV and co-hosted by a team of one scientist and one journalist, the 13-episode, half-hour series aims to attract the general film?loving audience while casting a fun and friendly light on the scientific and technological content or the scientific implications, violations, or validations of popular entertainment.  Topics will include how the lives and work of real scientists differ from on-screen portrayals on screen, and how elements of science and technology underlie both everyday events and the most dramatic or comedic activities.  The show will air on CUNY TV and be offered for national distribution to PBS affiliates.

    To pilot a 13-part TV series co-hosted by a  journalist and a scientist that reviews the latest movies and television shows, with an emphasis on the science angle

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2014

    For a two-hour NOVA special about black holes hosted by astrophysicist Janna Levin, and ancillary outreach activities and a free mobile app

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

    This grant provides support for a new two-hour documentary, to be produced and broadcast for the PBS series NOVA, on the science of black holes.  Hosted by Columbia astrophysicist Janna Levin, the film will document how recent improvements in instrumentation have led to significant advances in our understanding of black holes and are shedding light on fundamental questions about the universe.  The show will include state-of-the-art animations as well as a free black hole app for mobile devices. Grant funds will provide production support for the documentary along with funds for app development, animation, and educational outreach campaigns targeting students, teachers, and the lay public.

    For a two-hour NOVA special about black holes hosted by astrophysicist Janna Levin, and ancillary outreach activities and a free mobile app

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  • grantee: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2014

    To support the production of a six-hour PBS documentary with Ken Burns on the past, present, and future of cancer science based on the award-winning book Emperor of All Maladies, and associated outreach

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Dalton Delan

    This grant provides support for the production of a six-hour television series, to be produced by documentarian Ken Burns and broadcast on PBS, on the past, present, and future of cancer science. Based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller:  The Emperor of All Maladies. The Story of Cancer, the series will offer cinema-veritй style stories about patients and their caregivers and will delve into the latest scientific advances in cancer research, including how the sequencing of the human genome, has transformed  our understanding of the genetic, cellular, and molecular basis of cancer.  The series will focus on three specific types of cancer—leukemia, breast, and lung—in an effort to give a broad overview of the complexity of this disease.

    To support the production of a six-hour PBS documentary with Ken Burns on the past, present, and future of cancer science based on the award-winning book Emperor of All Maladies, and associated outreach

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  • grantee: WNET
    amount: $45,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    As support for the broadcast of three public television programs to enhance public understanding of science and technology on Richard Heffner's Open Mind

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

    As support for the broadcast of three public television programs to enhance public understanding of science and technology on Richard Heffner's Open Mind

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