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: Public Media Lab
    amount: $797,836
    city: Chevy Chase, MD
    year: 2010

    To produce and broadcast a one-hour PBS documentary "Admiral Rickover and the Nuclear Navy"

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

    This grant funds a project by The Public Media Lab, under the auspices of veteran, award-winning television producer Michael Pack, to produce and broadcast a PBS documentary about the pugnacious, pioneering Admiral Hyman Rickover and his role in the development of both the first nuclear submarine and the first civilian nuclear power plant. Admiral Hyman Rickover was a take-no-prisoners innovator who transformed the navy and the role of commercial nuclear power as part of President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace program, a subject that remains timely today. In addition, Rickover recruited more scientists and engineers into the navy and attempted to transform the American educational system to produce more qualified technologists. The documentary will combine interviews, footage, and live-action sequences and promises to appeal to a significant audience, advancing the public understanding of science and technology with an important and compelling story that has never been seen on television before.

    To produce and broadcast a one-hour PBS documentary "Admiral Rickover and the Nuclear Navy"

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  • grantee: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.
    amount: $1,500,000
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2009

    For on-air and online coverage of economic and financial literacy on The PBS NewsHour

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Simon Marks

    Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc., requests two years of funding for enhanced economics coverage on The PBS NewsHour (The NewsHour), both on-air and online. The NewsHour continues to be the most serious and effective news show on television and has impressively maintained an audience of 1.2 million viewers nightly, higher than every news show except Fox News and the networks. Sloan's 2008 grant for public understanding of economics on The NewsHour resulted in a very impressive output-twice the number of on-air spots by Paul Solman about economic and financial literacy as originally envisioned. A reviewer remarked of Solman: "Among us professors of economics he is regarded as the best economics reporter on television." Few people even try to achieve this, and none are as qualified as Solman or have a better platform from which to teach. As one reviewer noted, "His reports are as unbiased and accurate as the discipline of economics allows them to be. He rarely presents a perspective as his alone. Instead, he finds the relevant experts, and lets them speak for themselves." An important component of this grant is the Web site. Currently, The NewsHour Web site attracts about half a million visitors a week and about 100,000 visit the three Sloan-supported economics sites. Just under a million users have visited Solman's site in the past six months and 720,000 have downloaded his material. This request represents a 25% reduction from the previous grant-from $1 million to $750,000 per year-for 40 ten-minute economics segments on the show each year, plus enhanced educational outreach through the Web, social networking sites and other media. The reduction reflects in part our diminished financial resources and in part it is a signal to The NewsHour that we expect them to take very seriously our suggested improvements to their Web site and our desire to more prominently feature Paul Solman on it. Support of this series gives us a direct line to Solman for suggesting topics and guests and provides the Public Understanding of Science, Technology, Business, and Economics Program with an outstanding and cost-effective vehicle for providing strong, consistent, economics coverage.

    For on-air and online coverage of economic and financial literacy on The PBS NewsHour

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $2,500,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2009

    To research and produce four documentaries about the role of science and technology in history for The American Experience

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

    The American Experience, the longest running and most esteemed history series on television, requests a grant of $2.5 million for four documentaries over the next two years that will focus on the role of science and technology. The four proposed episodes include a two-hour special by the acclaimed director Ric Burns "Into the Deep: America, Whaling, and the World" that tells the story of three centuries of American whaling and traces the remarkable growth of this early global industry to its decline; another two-hour show about the creation of the Panama Canal, the largest and most ambitious engineering project in history; a one-hour feature about the harrowing scientific expedition to the Arctic led by Adolphus Greely in 1881, the first international Polar Year; and a fourth program to be determined that will be reviewed by outsiders and approved by the staff prior to beginning production. The budget has been cut by half a million dollars from the original request given current funding constraints, and we also now demand, given our long association with this series, that the American Experience produces and broadcasts four S&T shows for the price of three. In addition, two of the shows are two hours long so we are effectively getting six hours of programming while paying for three hours, or a doubling of our production allotment. The American Experience continues to define excellence in documentary filmmaking-it has received every television award numerous times-and is America's most-watched history series.

    To research and produce four documentaries about the role of science and technology in history for The American Experience

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  • grantee: CUNY TV Foundation
    amount: $298,253
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2008

    To research and produce a half hour film about the Sloan Foundation for the 75th anniversary event and to broadcast a version of this film on CUNY TV

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

    To research and produce a half hour film about the Sloan Foundation for the 75th anniversary event and to broadcast a version of this film on CUNY TV

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  • grantee: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.
    amount: $987,160
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2008

    To research, produce and broadcast a regular, branded bi-weekly series on financial and economic literacy as part of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, with extensive web components and outreach

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Simon Marks

    To research, produce and broadcast a regular, branded bi-weekly series on financial and economic literacy as part of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, with extensive web components and outreach

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  • grantee: Fred Friendly Seminars, Inc.
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2008

    For one-hour PBS broadcast and extensive outreach of a Socratic Dialogue on Severe Mental Illness: Law, Science and Society

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Television
    • Investigator Richard Kilberg

    For one-hour PBS broadcast and extensive outreach of a Socratic Dialogue on Severe Mental Illness: Law, Science and Society

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  • grantee: WGBH Educational Foundation
    amount: $1,700,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2008

    Support for scientist profiles on NOVA scienceNOW prime time broadcast and on the world wide web

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

    Support for scientist profiles on NOVA scienceNOW prime time broadcast and on the world wide web

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  • grantee: Catticus Corporation
    amount: $121,976
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2008

    For co-production for a two-hour PBS documentary based on Michael Pollan's bestseller, The Botany of Desire

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

    For co-production for a two-hour PBS documentary based on Michael Pollan's bestseller, The Botany of Desire

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  • grantee: National Geographic Society
    amount: $1,500,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2008

    For co-funding for a drama documentary about Charles Darwin to be aired on NOVA and National Geographic Channel

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

    For co-funding for a drama documentary about Charles Darwin to be aired on NOVA and National Geographic Channel

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