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: PRX Incorporated
    amount: $75,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2019

    To support a one-day symposium on the emerging systemic threats to the openness of podcasting, including corporate consolidation and data privacy

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Andrew Kuklewicz

    To support a one-day symposium on the emerging systemic threats to the openness of podcasting, including corporate consolidation and data privacy

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  • grantee: Science Friday Initiative, Inc.
    amount: $700,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To support Science Friday, focusing on science and the arts, including radio broadcasts, digital science videos, blog posts, live events, and associated media

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Ira Flatow

    This grant provides three years of support for the production and distribution of Science Friday, the only regular weekly show on public radio devoted to all things science. Hosted by Ira Flatow and reaching a weekly audience of some two million through radio, streaming, social media, and the web, Science Friday is a uniquely powerful platform for advancing the public understanding of science. Supported activities over the grant period include production and distribution of 150 radio segments for broadcast; 12 to 18 digital videos; 36 digital pieces in the popular SciCandy series on photography; continued production of the biweekly Science Friday newsletter, Science Diction; the hosting of three live events in the “Science Goes to the Movies” series; and continuation of the Sci Arts Book Club. Additional grant funds support outreach and engagement activities to publicize Science Friday content and broaden its audience.

    To support Science Friday, focusing on science and the arts, including radio broadcasts, digital science videos, blog posts, live events, and associated media

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  • grantee: Documentary Educational Resources
    amount: $150,774
    city: Watertown, MA
    year: 2019

    To support two radio documentaries on the evolving role of libraries and library technology as part of the Humankind public radio series

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator David Freudberg

    To support two radio documentaries on the evolving role of libraries and library technology as part of the Humankind public radio series

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  • grantee: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association Inc.
    amount: $500,000
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2019

    To support Making Sen$e, Paul Solman's economic and business segments on PBS NewsHour, and related online content

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Lee Koromvokis

    This grant provides one year of support to the PBS NewsHour to continue its regular broadcast of Making Sen$e with Paul Solman, a biweekly segment that explains business and economic issues clearly and engagingly to a general audience both on air and online. Grant funds support the production of 25 7-to-10-minute Making Sen$e broadcast segments on major issues facing the American and global economy, such as how populism and the Trump administration are reshaping economic policy, how to interpret the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report, how the Federal Reserve works, the impact of new corporate tax breaks on the deficit, and trends in the job market, wages, and money management. Additional grant funds will support the production of hundreds of original pieces of web native content that deepen and extend the issued covered in Solman’s on-air segments.

    To support Making Sen$e, Paul Solman's economic and business segments on PBS NewsHour, and related online content

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  • grantee: National Public Radio, Inc.
    amount: $650,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2019

    To support NPR’s coverage of economics via two podcasts, Planet Money and The Indicator; online short videos; educational outreach; and live events

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Christopher Turpin

    This grant provides funding to National Public Radio for production of the Planet Money podcast and a series of related initiatives designed to bring deeply reported stories on key economic issues to a general audience in an accurate, accessible, and engaging way. Over the next two years, grant funds will support production of the twice weekly Planet Money podcast as well as production of the Indicator, a podcast covering economic and business events in the news which is broadcast every weekday. In addition, grant funds will support the production of 12 online videos in the Planet Money Shorts series; 16 pieces of deep-dive written reporting; a live Planet Money event; and extended outreach to increase social media engagement, expand the Planet Money newsletter, and promote use of Planet Money content in America’s classrooms.

    To support NPR’s coverage of economics via two podcasts, Planet Money and The Indicator; online short videos; educational outreach; and live events

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  • grantee: Chicago Public Media, Inc.
    amount: $80,000
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2018

    To support science-and-technology-themed episodes on the Nerdette podcast

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Brendan Banaszak

    To support science-and-technology-themed episodes on the Nerdette podcast

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  • grantee: Food & Environment Reporting Network
    amount: $63,587
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To support immersive science storytelling on the Gastropod podcast and a diversity evaluation and implementation plan

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Tom Laskawy

    To support immersive science storytelling on the Gastropod podcast and a diversity evaluation and implementation plan

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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $650,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To support story-driven health care reporting at WNYC, including coverage of health care policy and economics, medical science and discovery, and personal health

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Jim Schachter

    This grant supports the WNYC Health Unit’s ongoing coverage of health care policy, health economics, and the complexities and contradictions of the U.S. health care system. Over the three-year grant period, Sloan funds will help WNYC produce 45 to 50 broadcast segments each year on a range of health topics including the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration, the opioid and obesity epidemics, and the gap in hospital billing between what hospitals charge and the real costs of care. Segments will be aired on several of NPR’s most popular radio programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Takeaway, and the Brian Lehrer Show. In addition to these weekly segments, WNYC will produce two to three episodes of its Only Human podcast each year. The long-form serial podcast allows WYNC to take a deeper dive into complex health care issues, with a focus on extensive research, immersive storytelling, and rich characters. WNYC will also convene annual workshops, bringing together leading health care practitioners, economists, and policy experts to discuss the health care system and potential reforms. Last, grant funds will support a new radio drama, produced in collaboration with Radiolab, on the life and work of John Bonica, an anesthesiologist and a world champion wrestler also known as the “father of pain management.”

    To support story-driven health care reporting at WNYC, including coverage of health care policy and economics, medical science and discovery, and personal health

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  • grantee: PRX Incorporated
    amount: $510,744
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2017

    To support PRX in developing a new generation of science shows and expanding science-themed audio content for radio broadcast and podcast

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Kerri Hoffman

    Funds from this grant support efforts by PRX Incorporated to develop, distribute, and promote podcasts featuring high-quality scientific content or that explore scientific themes. Over the next two years, PRX plans to produce 10 episodes of the Orbital Path podcast, a new monthly program hosted by astronomer Michelle Thaller which covers astronomy, space science, and cosmology; 12 episodes of The Outside, an outdoor-focused podcast about survival science and the science of adventure; 1 science-themed episode of The Moth podcast 2 science-themed episodes of the 99% Invisible podcast 1 science-themed episode of the Theory of Everything podcast 12 episodes of Go Flight, a podcast developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum 12 episodes of Sidedoor, a new podcast developed with the Smithsonian that tells stories about science, art, history, humanity and their surprising interconnections. In addition, PRX will continue to develop and promote Transistor, a broad science channel that showcases audio pieces from the open-call STEM Story Project and tests new ideas and formats from independent producers. PRX intends to use this platform to develop a new signature podcast and will launch with 18 new episodes.

    To support PRX in developing a new generation of science shows and expanding science-themed audio content for radio broadcast and podcast

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  • grantee: National Public Radio, Inc.
    amount: $600,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To deepen and expand Planet Money’s coverage of economics via podcast episodes, on-air radio stories, and participatory journalism

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Christopher Turpin

    Funds from this grant continue support for the production of Planet Money, National Public Radio’s award-winning, signature foray into exploring the changing American economy via in-depth stories that examine key economic issues for a general audience in an accurate, accessible, and engaging way. Grant funds support production of the twice-weekly Planet Money podcast, shorter segments that air on NPR’s popular Morning Edition and All Things Considered, multipart series to explore complex subjects at greater depth, and experiments in  "participatory journalism" like "Planet Money Bought Some Oil," where Planet Money journalists directly participate in specific industries to help illuminate their processes. Planned activities over the two-year grant period include  a 10-part series on the history of the U.S. economy over the past 200 years that will examine subjects such as central banking, national debt, and the modern, multinational corporation; and new participatory journalism projects such as exploring the business of commercial space satellites.

    To deepen and expand Planet Money’s coverage of economics via podcast episodes, on-air radio stories, and participatory journalism

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