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: New York Public Radio
    amount: $750,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    To support the production and distribution of science and technology coverage on Studio 360, an award-winning arts and culture show

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

    This grant provides three years of support for WNYC’s award-winning radio show, Studio 360, hosted by Kurt Andersen, to continue its popular Science and Creativity series. Studio 360 features the latest research and findings in science and technology, relating these developments to arts, culture, and everyday life. Grant funds support a large, diverse board of science advisors for the program, a major planning meeting that flies in experts from around the country, a science-programming consultant, high-quality freelance reporting, and outside contributors who assist the full-time staff. Also supported are a series of live events which aim to engage a younger, more diverse audience than traditional radio broadcasts.

    To support the production and distribution of science and technology coverage on Studio 360, an award-winning arts and culture show

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  • grantee: National Public Radio, Inc.
    amount: $300,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To support an innovative, on-air, and online multimedia reporter at the Science Desk for two years before NPR covers this new, full-time position

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Anne Gudenkauf

    Funds from this grant provide salary and administrative support for a full-time on-air and online multimedia storyteller working at National Public Radio’s (NPR) Science Desk. The new position, originally funded with Sloan support in 2012 as a one-year experiment, is tasked with enhancing NPR’s scientific coverage by supplementing traditional reporting with original animations, blog posts, illustrations, infographics, and video content, bringing NPRs high-quality reporting to new, digital audiences. This grant provides two years of bridge funding for the position after which it is anticipated NPR will incorporate the position into its yearly operating budget.

    To support an innovative, on-air, and online multimedia reporter at the Science Desk for two years before NPR covers this new, full-time position

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  • grantee: Science Friday Initiative, Inc.
    amount: $684,117
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    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 three years of continued operational and programming support to Science Friday, the only regular weekly slot on public radio—two hours long—devoted to all things science. Reaching more than two million people each week via his radio show, podcasts, blogs, online videos, mobile apps, and social media, award-winning host Ira Flatow targets the fertile intersection between science and the arts and has made the show a magnet for filmmakers, playwrights, authors, musicians, sculptors, painters, and digital artists who engage with science. In addition to providing operational support, funds support several new initiatives, including collaborative (audience) art projects, a Science Friday book club, a film viewing and discussion series, an artist of the month spotlight, and an annual remote broadcast about science and the arts produced in conjunction with the Foundation-supported Science and Entertainment Exchange.

    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: SoundVision Productions
    amount: $1,098,883
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2012

    For support for BURN: An Energy Journal to expand the public's energy literacy through public radio specials, monthly stories broadcast on Marketplace, and shared productions with National Geographic, as well as online content and outreach

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

    Funds from this grant support a project by SoundVision Productions to produce an ambitious, multimedia series titled BURN: An Energy Journal. Joined by two major media partners-Marketplace and National Geographic-BURN will focus on energy literacy and teaching the public about our energy future, which will result in two in-depth, one-hour programs on public radio about energy efficiency and future directions in energy. Additional funds will support the creation of a new BURN desk on the popular Marketplace program that will air, for one year, a monthly series of five- to seven-minute pieces on energy-related topics. Partner National Geographic will also distribute BURN content across its many platforms. BURN will include a website that will include four one-hour specials on energy along with a series of podcasts, source lists, and resource links, blogs, and video science explainers from the series' popular host, Alex Chadwick. A partnership with the University of Texas will produce weekly blog entries by top scientists, policymakers, industry leaders, researchers, and other opinion leaders. Additional grant monies will support outreach efforts to minority and ethnic audiences through targeting media channels that serve ethnic and minority constituencies. The BURN project promises to improve the public's basic energy literacy, to take a level-headed look at our energy future, and to stimulate a more realistic and informed public discussion on this critical subject.

    For support for BURN: An Energy Journal to expand the public's energy literacy through public radio specials, monthly stories broadcast on Marketplace, and shared productions with National Geographic, as well as online content and outreach

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  • grantee: PRX Incorporated
    amount: $172,328
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2012

    To experiment with new, diverse voices outside the radio mainstream and with new approaches to presenting STEM content for a new generation

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

    This grant funds a project by PRX Incorporated, public radio's largest distribution marketplace, to experiment with new ways to bring high-quality science-themed audio programming to new, younger audiences through the radio and the web. PRX will improve the sound, production, and general appeal of its hour-long science programming, while promoting these shows as specials and excerpting segments for short-term use on podcasts, remixes, blogs, web, and social media sites. In addition, PRX will create three new science podcasts for 99% Invisible, a short-form podcast that addresses creativity and innovation. PRX will also begin integrating existing science content into Public Radio Remix: an edgy, experimental mash-up that creates "a new flow of listening" aimed at younger listeners. Finally, working closely with science advisors, PRX will issue an "open call" for STEM programs and proposals-either identifying exciting new shows that may be off the traditional radar screen and helping them with enhanced production techniques to improve distribution, or taking previously aired or archival work that can be revised, edited, updated, or annotated to make it more timely and accessible for broadcast or streaming. This wide range of PRX initiatives aim to engage an entirely new community and to learn from them, while advancing public understanding of science.

    To experiment with new, diverse voices outside the radio mainstream and with new approaches to presenting STEM content for a new generation

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  • grantee: L.A. Theatre Works
    amount: $450,848
    city: Venice, CA
    year: 2012

    To record four new Sloan-commissioned or supported science plays for broadcast on public radio and distributed to schools, libraries, online retail partners and regional theatres, and for development of "Relativity" apps, eBooks, and website material

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Radio
    • Investigator Vicki Pearlson

    This grant to L.A. Theatre Works supports its continuing efforts to produce and disseminate high-quality recordings of science-themed plays. Grants funds will support the recording and public radio broadcast of four science-themed plays produced or commissioned through the Foundation's Theater program, the addition of these recordings to L.A. Theatre Works online library collection, the distribution of two recordings to 3,000 schools nationwide along with the production of teachers' guides and other supplementary educational material, and the design and production of ten ebooks and ten smartphone apps adapted from existing science-themed plays in the L.A. Theatre Works corpus. This ambitious series of projects promises to significantly extend the reach of grantmaking in the Foundation's Theater program.

    To record four new Sloan-commissioned or supported science plays for broadcast on public radio and distributed to schools, libraries, online retail partners and regional theatres, and for development of "Relativity" apps, eBooks, and website material

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  • 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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