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: $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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  • grantee: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.
    amount: $1,500,000
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2013

    For high quality on-air and online coverage of economic and financial topics on PBS’s NewsHour

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Linda Winslow

    This grant provides two years of continued support for the production and broadcast of high-quality economics, business, and financial reporting on The PBS NewsHour. Led by veteran correspondent Paul Solman, the Newshour team will produce approximately 80 five-to-ten minute video segments on economic and financial topics for broadcast, distributing them through on-air broadcast, the NewsHour website, social media, and various partnerships with partners like the Council for Economic Education and PBS Teachers. Additional original content will be produced and distributed exclusively for Web audiences, including blog posts, multimedia features, and a recurring online Q-and-A with Solman himself.

    For high quality on-air and online coverage of economic and financial topics on PBS’s NewsHour

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  • grantee: PBS Foundation
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: Alexandria, VA
    year: 2013

    As support for the pilot of a six-part, fact-based historical drama about how the Civil War drove innovations in medical science to air on PBS and Video on Demand along with a major educational outreach campaign

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Beth Hoppe

    This grant provides partial support to the for the development and broadcast of a major, fact-based dramatic television series about how the Civil War led to major advances in medical science, including spurring innovations in emergency medicine, surgery, and epidemiology.  The bloodiest armed conflict in U.S. history, the Civil War claimed two lives from infection and disease for every life lost to injury or gunshot wound.  The series will depict historical figures like Dr. Jonathan Letterman, the father of battlefield medicine who developed the ambulance corps and the three stage evacuation system still in use today.  Other characters will include Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross; Dr. W.W. Keen, a celebrated neurosurgeon; and pharmaceutical entrepreneur Edward Squibb.  These figures will provide dramatic examples of how the exigencies created by the need to treat wounded and dying soldiers led to pioneering advances in trauma care, anesthesia, neurosurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and prosthetics.

    As support for the pilot of a six-part, fact-based historical drama about how the Civil War drove innovations in medical science to air on PBS and Video on Demand along with a major educational outreach campaign

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $2,500,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2013

    To research and produce four primetime films on PBS’s American Experience on the role of science, technology, and engineering in history with an engineering iPhone app, interactive website, and ancillary outreach activities

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

    This grant supports the production, broadcast, and promotion of four primetime science-themed documentaries by the popular PBS series, American Experience. Supported documentaries include Edison, about the life and enormous scientific contributions of the famed American inventor; Penn Station, about the ambitious engineering marvel that brought the Pennsylvania Railroad’s tunnels and trains under the Hudson River and into Manhattan; Tuberculosis, about the rise and fall of the most lethal disease in American history; and The Great Fire, about the 1910 wildfire that burned three million acres across Washington, Idaho, and Montana and subsequently gave rise to the conservation movement, the establishment of the U.S. Forest Service, and the battle between Roosevelt and the railroad barons to establish a public, scientifically managed system of national forests. Additional funds from this grant support the development of an interactive mobile app, the Engineering Map of America, that will offer entertaining and educational walking tours of select engineering sites across the country.

    To research and produce four primetime films on PBS’s American Experience on the role of science, technology, and engineering in history with an engineering iPhone app, interactive website, and ancillary outreach activities

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  • grantee: Tribeca Film Institute
    amount: $100,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    For support for research and writing of a treatment and first draft of a mini-series about Hedy Lamarr based on Richard Rhodes’s book

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Natalie Mooallem

    For support for research and writing of a treatment and first draft of a mini-series about Hedy Lamarr based on Richard Rhodes’s book

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  • grantee: Catticus Corporation
    amount: $1,500,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2012

    For production support for a three-hour series tracing the history of Silicon Valley to be aired on PBS primetime, along with development of a public education and community outreach campaign

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

    Funds from this grant support a project by award-winning producer Michael Schwarz to develop, produce, and air a three-hour PBS special on the intellectual, cultural, and technological history of Silicon Valley from its origins in the 1870s to today. The film will explore how and why Silicon Valley has, decade after decade for nearly 100 years, produced world-changing innovation-not just new products but whole new industries: vacuum tubes, radio, radar, integrated circuits, venture capital, PCs, printers, genetic engineering, software, networking hardware, the internet, social media, cloud computing, mobile. Guided by a distinguished group of scholars, historians of technology, and other experts, the program will examine how the Valley has managed to stay on the cutting edge of technology even as that edge has shifted and pivoted dramatically, and why its success has been so difficult to emulate. By casting a longer and more informed historical lens on Silicon Valley, the proposed show promises to stimulate a deeper understanding of how government, academia, and the private sector can collaborate successfully and also provide new insights on innovation and entrepreneurship, especially as applied to technology. In addition to the three-hour film for broadcast, funds from this grant support a public engagement and educational campaign targeted at middle and high school students, a website, a multiplatform digital media strategy including a social media campaign, short-form videos and interactive maps for web tablets and phones, and a strong publicity and promotion effort that should significantly expand both the audience for the show and discussion of the issues raised.

    For production support for a three-hour series tracing the history of Silicon Valley to be aired on PBS primetime, along with development of a public education and community outreach campaign

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  • grantee: Catticus Corporation
    amount: $59,600
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2012

    As a planning grant to support research and development of a three-hour documentary series tracing the history of Silicon Valley

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

    As a planning grant to support research and development of a three-hour documentary series tracing the history of Silicon Valley

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