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: National Public Radio, Inc.
    amount: $890,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2012

    To enhance business and economics coverage on Planet Money and to fund a one-year pilot to expand multimedia storytelling at the Science Desk

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Kinsey Wilson

    Funds from this grant to National Public Radio will support the expansion and improvement of business and economics coverage on Planet Money. Supported activities include the hiring of new Planet Money staff, production of twice monthly segments on economic issues for both Morning Edition and All Things Considered, two of NPR's most popular shows, and the creation of a set of "explainers" that explicate key economic concepts like inflation and GDP. Additional monies will support the expansion of Planet Money's online activities and outreach, funding the creation of a Planet Money iPhone and iPad app, and allowing the creation of a multimedia content team that will focus on bringing Planet Money stories to an online audience. Additional funds from this grant provide core support to the NPR science desk.

    To enhance business and economics coverage on Planet Money and to fund a one-year pilot to expand multimedia storytelling at the Science Desk

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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $750,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To make science and technology a regular, integral feature on Studio 360

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Leital Molad

    Funds from this grant provide three years of support for Studio 360, an hour-long weekly public radio show on culture and the arts, in its continuing efforts to include coverage of science and technology as a regular, integral feature of the show through its Science and Creativity Series. Studio 360 has developed a solid infrastructure for integrating science and technology into their arts show. They have assembled a core group of eight to ten scientists who work closely with producers and host Kurt Anderson to generate new ideas and vet existing shows. As of now, 13%-four hours out of an annual total of 30 hours of programming-are devoted to science and technology (S&T) subjects, making S&T a regular and recognizable part of the program. Grant funds will also support a brainstorming forum at the beginning of the grant to bring science advisers and other scientists together with radio producers to highlight the latest research and discuss new ideas for the series.

    To make science and technology a regular, integral feature on Studio 360

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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $827,700
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    For production and enhanced distribution of Radiolab, an innovative, popular, science-themed show on public radio

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Ellen Horne

    This grant to WNYC provides three years of renewed support for the production and distribution of Radiolab, the innovative, award-winning, and increasingly popular science series about "discovery and wonder" produced in conjunction with National Public Radio (NPR). Helmed by hosts Robert Krulwich and Jad Abrmarad, each hour-long episode centers on a core scientific theme (words, animal minds, tumors) and uses rich audio production techniques (musical, documentary, and illustrative) and a range of forms (conversation, theater, and story). In addition to core funding for three years, funds from this grant will support two new innovation strategies: one is to enhance distribution efforts by segmenting and customizing shows for educators and classrooms by using listener guides, by holding listening parties with live blogging, and by partnering with museums and planetariums; a second effort is aimed at developing additional revenue and getting Radiolab on a more solid financial footing.

    For production and enhanced distribution of Radiolab, an innovative, popular, science-themed show on public radio

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  • grantee: Science Friday Initiative, Inc.
    amount: $630,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To support Science Friday and its science-and-arts strand on air, online, and on-demand

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

    The Science Friday Initiative requests three more years of support for Ira Flatow's award-winning radio program Science Friday and for its Sloan-initiated science-and-arts strand. Science Friday continues to be the most reliable two hours of radio broadcast-and increasingly, of podcast-time dedicated to talking intelligently about all things science in the United States. The show airs 52 weeks a year on over 300 stations through National Public Radio, reaching 1.3 million weekly listeners, and was downloaded in podcast form over 13 million times last year. This grant includes support for 12 segments a year on science and the arts plus support for the SciArts website, a portal that is reachable from the program's home page. Science Friday is an invaluable asset to Sloan's radio program and to the science community as a whole.

    To support Science Friday and its science-and-arts strand on air, online, and on-demand

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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $225,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2009

    For the production and distribution of RadioLab, an innovative science-themed show on public radio

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Ellen Horne

    WNYC requests a one-year renewal for Radiolab, the award-winning science series produced in conjunction with National Public Radio (NPR), for the production and distribution of ten one-hour science-themed shows. WNYC's Radiolab, one of the most innovative public radio shows in the country, which Sloan helped launch, also produces ten feature science-based pieces that are broadcast on National Public Radio magazine shows Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition, and over 20 podcasts worth of additional material. Radiolab is unique, fresh, informative and inspiring-an exemplary radio show about science with the most original sound heard in many years that has found a large, receptive, and relatively young public audience. Radiolab continues to be an asset for Sloan's Program in Public Understanding of Science, Technology, Business, and Economics; it is a smart science radio series with an interesting sound whose popularity continues to grow.

    For the production and distribution of RadioLab, an innovative science-themed show on public radio

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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $225,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2008

    One year of support for Radiolab, an innovative public radio show about science

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Ellen Horne

    One year of support for Radiolab, an innovative public radio show about science

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  • grantee: New York Public Radio
    amount: $487,500
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2008

    To make science and technology a regular feature on Studio 360

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

    To make science and technology a regular feature on Studio 360

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  • grantee: L.A. Theatre Works
    amount: $319,024
    city: Venice, CA
    year: 2008

    To record 4 new science radio plays, including 2 Sloan commissions, and to broadcast the complete 17-science-play series on public radio and in libraries and schools

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Susan Loewenberg

    To record 4 new science radio plays, including 2 Sloan commissions, and to broadcast the complete 17-science-play series on public radio and in libraries and schools

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  • grantee: National Public Radio, Inc.
    amount: $400,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2008

    Support for a science-and-art strand on Science Friday radio broadcasts and on the Science Friday Web site

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

    Support for a science-and-art strand on Science Friday radio broadcasts and on the Science Friday Web site

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