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: 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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  • grantee: Consumer Reports, Inc.
    amount: $500,000
    city: Yonkers, NY
    year: 2019

    To support segments on digital privacy on the nationally broadcast television show Consumer 101

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Gwendolyn Bounds

    Consumer 101 is an educational TV show, launched in 2018 and produced by Consumer Reports, that Тgives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the science used to test every kind of product, from cars and smart televisions to payment apps and food.У Broadcast on NBC on Saturday morning and targeting 13- to 16-year-olds, the show aims to help teens turn themselves into smart consumers by showing them how things work, revealing tips to get the most out of everyday items, and providing them a window into unexpected career paths in science and technology. The show has reached an audience of over one million viewers. Funds from this grant support the production and broadcast of 10 segments of Consumer 101 focused on digital privacy and security. Possible topics include smartphone security, targeted ads and search protection, smart speakers, password managers, app permissions, online privacy traps, privacy solutions, and deleting old accounts on services one no longer uses. Additional grant funds will support promotion and outreach efforts for the produced segments on traditional and social media.

    To support segments on digital privacy on the nationally broadcast television show Consumer 101

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $2,000,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2019

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

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

    This grant provides support to WGBH Educational Foundation to research, produce, and broadcast four science- and technology-themed episodes on its popular, award-winning documentary history series American Experience. The four shows are “The Poison Squad,” based on Deborah Blum’s book about Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, chief chemist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whose dogged efforts to test the health effects of popular chemical food additives led to modern standards of food safety; “The Man Who Tried to Feed the World,” about Norman Borlaug, an Iowa agronomist who introduced innovative breeding techniques for wheat and overcame many obstacles to help feed millions in Mexico, Pakistan, and India; “The Codebreaker,” about Elizabeth Smith Friedman, cryptanalyst-in-charge for the U.S. Treasury Department, whose codebreaking skills helped bring down a Nazi spy network in South America; and “Mr. Tornado,” about Tetsuya Theodore “Ted” Fujita, professor of meteorology at the University of Chicago, who proved that tornadoes were not random but predictable and whose discovery of microbursts—intense downdrafts that caused airplanes to suddenly drop from the sky—led to life-saving advances in aviation.

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

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  • grantee: North Fork TV Festival, Inc.
    amount: $125,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To recruit, curate, and exhibit a high-quality science or technology focused television pilot at the 2019 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 2019 North Fork TV Festival

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  • grantee: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2018

    To support production and outreach for The Gene: An Intimate History, a three-hour documentary, based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book, to air nationally on PBS primetime

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

    This grant is to the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA) to produce and air a three-part television documentary series, The Gene: An Intimate History. Produced by legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by physician and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History will use human case studies of the genetic treatment of illness to tell the story of genetic research while exploring its scientific, medical, social, and ethical implications. In addition to a three-hour documentary and associated website, the broadcast will be accompanied by a major public engagement effort around genetics, as well as a wealth of educational curricula.

    To support production and outreach for The Gene: An Intimate History, a three-hour documentary, based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book, to air nationally on PBS primetime

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