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: $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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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $400,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2016

    For production and enhanced distribution of Radiolab, an innovative and popular science-themed radio show, via multiple platforms

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Jad Abumrad

    This grant provides continuing operational support for the successful science radio show and podcast Radiolab. Expected outputs include 21 science-themed podcasts per year plus one hour-long broadcast per week (distilled from original and archival podcasts). The Radiolab production team will also continue to produce live events to supplement their online content, with eight communication events or lectures planned each year and two annual live events. Grant funds will provide core operating support for Radiolab for two years.

    For production and enhanced distribution of Radiolab, an innovative and popular science-themed radio show, via multiple platforms

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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $400,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2016

    To support health care reporting at WNYC with a focus on the economics and policy of our healthcare system and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on consumers in New York

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

    This grant continues support for efforts by the WNYC Health Unit to produce high-quality radio reporting on health care economics and policy. With Sloan funds, WNYC convenes an annual workshop with leading health care practitioners, economists, and policy experts to discuss health care reform and policy change resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to identify subjects for news coverage that focus on health care policy and the economics of the health system in New York and the tristate region. Subjects identified for coverage are then often featured on WNYC’s weekly podcast, Only Human. Potential topics to be covered over the next two years include maternal health care costs in New York, how race and income affect costs and health outcomes, the funding crisis faced by New York City's public hospitals, comparing New York’s state-based health care exchanges to New Jersey’s federal exchange, millennials and mental health, and the Affordable Care Act after Obama. In addition to reporting, WNYC will also launch four community engagement projects that empower listeners with information and encourage beneficial behavioral changes and two to four public events aimed at raising public understanding and engagement with health issues.

    To support health care reporting at WNYC with a focus on the economics and policy of our healthcare system and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on consumers in New York

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  • grantee: Science Friday Initiative, Inc.
    amount: $685,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2016

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

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

    Funds from this grant provide continued support for the production and distribution of Science Friday, the only regular weekly public radio program that devotes two hours to all things science. Grant funds will support the production of 50 radio segments per year, 5 digital videos per year, 12 articles per year produced and disseminated through the show’s website, an annual multimedia spotlight on a science topic, a yearly Book Club event, and a single special remote broadcast of the show. Science Friday’s audience—the program reaches over two million people each week via its radio show, web streaming, podcasts, blogs, online videos, mobile apps, and social media presence—makes it one of the single most effective channels for dissemination of high-quality, engaging content about the increasingly central role science plays in modern life.

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

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  • grantee: Institute for the Future
    amount: $35,000
    city: Palo Alto, CA
    year: 2015

    To launch For Future Reference, a 10-episode podcast series on consumer understanding of the latest advances in science and technology

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Eri Gentry

    To launch For Future Reference, a 10-episode podcast series on consumer understanding of the latest advances in science and technology

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  • grantee: National Public Radio, Inc.
    amount: $550,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    To support Planet Money’s coverage of economics via multimedia journalism and enterprise radio reporting

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

    This grant provides two years of continued support for production of National Public Radio’s Planet Money podcast. Grant funds will help produce in-depth economic content to be disseminated via the Planet Money podcast and blog and on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, NPR One, and This American Life. Additional funds will support the production of multimedia pieces to supplement and enhance the broadcast content on the web, a series of interactive “sound walks” that explore economic history, and several experiments in participatory journalism.

    To support Planet Money’s coverage of economics via multimedia journalism and enterprise radio reporting

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  • grantee: PRX Incorporated
    amount: $500,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2015

    To support PRX in a three-pronged approach to expand science-themed audio content for radio broadcast, podcast, and video

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Jake Shapiro

    Funds from this grant support a three-pronged initiative by PRX, public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, to expand science-themed audio for radio broadcast and podcasting. First, PRX will continue to expand its Open Call for STEM stories, which last year generated more than 100 submissions from reporters and producers with compelling science stories to tell. Second, PRX will develop and support five new radio shows featuring women scientists and produced by women. Finally, PRX will incorporate science- and technology-themed episodes into its existing portfolio of popular programs, including The Moth Radio Hour, 99% Invisible, Theory of Everything, and Blank on Blank, which collectively reach several million listeners. With the runaway success of Serial in the past year, podcasts have hit a tipping point, and PRX is well positioned to harness this new energy and excitement. This project has the potential to engage an entirely new community of science storytellers, while advancing public understanding of science among the next generation of listeners.

    To support PRX in a three-pronged approach to expand science-themed audio content for radio broadcast, podcast, and video

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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $400,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    As support for a health care reporting unit at WNYC, Appointment with Reform, focusing on the economics and policy of our healthcare system and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on consumers in New York

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

    Funds from this grant provide support for a project by WNYC to produce a series of radio segments focusing on health care policy and the economics of the health care system in New York as viewed through the lens of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Using a mix of personal stories, stakeholder interviews, data news, enterprise reporting, and in-depth conversations on the impact of the ACA, WNYC hopes to make the health care system more transparent to consumers.  The idea is to use this historic, confusing, and still controversial health care Act as a teaching moment for the public and to get at the underlying economics and health care policy that few understand well.  Additional focus will be on advances in medical science and methods that motivate behavior change for healthier living.   WNYC will produce 100 short news reports about the ACA, health care, and health care policy in the New York region for broadcast on programs like Morning Edition and All Things Considered and for follow-up discussion in segments on WNYC signature programs.  They will also produce two one-hour series each year that delve more deeply into topics such as how health care reform is affecting the city’s most vulnerable populations.  In addition, WNYC will launch a new, weekly podcast aimed at prompting healthier consumer behavior and choices, create interactive graphics and charts to make complex health and economic data more accessible, and hold two public events that will allow members of the public to engage with WNYC and policymakers, practitioners, and other experts.

    As support for a health care reporting unit at WNYC, Appointment with Reform, focusing on the economics and policy of our healthcare system and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on consumers in New York

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  • grantee: SoundVision Productions
    amount: $789,044
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2014

    To support the radio broadcast of BURN: An Energy Journal to enhance understanding of energy and energy-related issues through public radio specials, podcasts, features for national news shows, and infographics and multimedia online content

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Bari Scott

    This grant provides support to Bari Scott and SoundVision Productions for the continued production of their popular and ambitious multimedia radio series on energy, BURN: An Energy Journal.  Using grant funds, SoundVision will produce an in-depth one-hour special The Adaptors about energy innovators, entrepreneurs, and average citizens and their creative adaptations to our energy future; a series of at least 12 five- to eight-minute features on energy to air on Marketplace, The World, and All Things Considered; 52 eight- to 15-minute podcasts about energy, distributed via iTunes and Soundcloud; a multimedia website with enhanced information, blogs, maps, infographics, and video science explainers; and 50 to 100 two- to three-minute videos on Soundcloud that will also be posted to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Tumblr.

    To support the radio broadcast of BURN: An Energy Journal to enhance understanding of energy and energy-related issues through public radio specials, podcasts, features for national news shows, and infographics and multimedia online content

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