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 Academy of Sciences
    amount: $20,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To support the third in a series of Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication, to be held November 16 and 17, 2017

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Barbara Pope

    To support the third in a series of Sackler Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication, to be held November 16 and 17, 2017

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  • grantee: Arizona State University
    amount: $248,648
    city: Tempe, AZ
    year: 2017

    To create a free, open source, interactive, digital edition of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds that bridges the sciences and humanities and seeks to foster an engaged community of readers

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Ed Finn

    The grant provides support for an initiative by the Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State University, partnering with MIT Press, MIT Media Lab, and Plympton Literary Studio, to create an open-access digital edition of Mary Shelley’s landmark novel Frankenstein. The digital “Living Frankenstein” edition—titled Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds—will present an innovative reading experience and compelling new digital content to the 21st century reader, including a podcast series, videos, and graphical interactives. It is also constructed on the software platform PubPub, developed by MIT to facilitate large-scale collaborative authorship and peer review, which will allow readers to explore multiple layers of content while annotating, commenting, and curating material that they can share with a wide community. The project tackles the novel’s age-old themes of creation and responsibility—and its contemporary relevance to artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic engineering, and more—to foster an engaged community of readers and a new interactive reading experience timed to the novel’s 200th anniversary in 2018. The digital edition will offer a unique encounter between a great literary text and contemporary issues of science and technology refracted through an interactive digital medium that seeks to transform the reading experience and advance public understanding and community engagement with science and technology.

    To create a free, open source, interactive, digital edition of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds that bridges the sciences and humanities and seeks to foster an engaged community of readers

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  • grantee: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
    amount: $100,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2017

    To support a Sloan Film Room and related math and arts programming at the National Math Festival

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator David Eisenbud

    To support a Sloan Film Room and related math and arts programming at the National Math Festival

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  • grantee: University of Minnesota Foundation
    amount: $75,000
    city: Minneapolis, MN
    year: 2016

    To expand public awareness of the groundbreaking work of Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, through an exhibition and book of his drawings

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Lyndel King

    To expand public awareness of the groundbreaking work of Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, through an exhibition and book of his drawings

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  • grantee: Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, Inc.
    amount: $25,000
    city: Hedgesville, WV
    year: 2016

    To sponsor four sessions at the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists to advance the effective use of traditional, emerging and interactive media to inform public conversation about science

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Rosalind Reid

    To sponsor four sessions at the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists to advance the effective use of traditional, emerging and interactive media to inform public conversation about science

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  • grantee: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    amount: $150,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2016

    To support a two-year study and accompanying workshop on better understanding public attitudes toward science

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator John Randell

    This grant funds a two-year study by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) to help improve our understanding of public attitudes to science—especially how people encounter science in everyday life—and to suggest ways to improve outreach, particularly to underserved communities. This effort is part of a three-year Academy initiative, The Public Face of Science, to address various elements of the relationship between scientists and the public. The AAAS team will first compile data on public engagement with science, broadly defined to include watching film, theater, and other storytelling media with science and technology themes, as well as attendance at zoos, aquaria, and science museums, and use of the internet and social media to access scientific content. After conducting and publishing the baseline study, the AAAS will commission six papers from leading researchers to identify gaps in the existing data and ways to address them, with an emphasis on reaching underserved communities. These six papers will be presented and discussed at an Academy workshop in 2017, which will then generate a final report with recommendations for addressing gaps.

    To support a two-year study and accompanying workshop on better understanding public attitudes toward science

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  • grantee: The New School for Social Research
    amount: $34,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2016

    To support a two-day conference titled “Invisibility: The Power of an Idea,” at The New School in New York City

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Arien Mack

    To support a two-day conference titled “Invisibility: The Power of an Idea,” at The New School in New York City

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  • grantee: Women Make Movies, Inc.
    amount: $125,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2016

    To explore the new medium of Virtual Reality with a short film allowing viewers  to experience the workings of the LIGO gravitational wave detector, and to grasp the science behind this breakthrough discovery

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Debra Zimmerman

    To explore the new medium of Virtual Reality with a short film allowing viewers  to experience the workings of the LIGO gravitational wave detector, and to grasp the science behind this breakthrough discovery

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  • grantee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    amount: $349,768
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2016

    To support the growth of nine new science festival initiatives in communities across the country with small resource bases

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator John Durant

    This grant supports a collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Science Festival Alliance (SFA) to allow the SFA—a network and incubator of community-based science festivals across the country—to add nine more science festivals in communities with small resource bases. Over the next two years, the collaboration will select and recruit nine community science festivals for inclusion in the network, providing nine challenge grants that facilitate expansion and development. Science festival members would then be ready to mentor future new science festivals. The project promises to accelerate the geographical spread of the science festival movement and promote science festivals as an effective instrument to advance public understanding of science.

    To support the growth of nine new science festival initiatives in communities across the country with small resource bases

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  • grantee: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    amount: $31,000
    city: Baltimore, MD
    year: 2016

    To support Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture, an online project and on-site exhibition

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Symmes Gardner

    To support Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture, an online project and on-site exhibition

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