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: California Institute of Technology
    amount: $30,000
    city: Pasadena, CA
    year: 2019

    To support an international conference on the history of science at the California Institute of Technology in April 2019

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Diana Kormos Buchwald

    To support an international conference on the history of science at the California Institute of Technology in April 2019

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  • grantee: The Aspen Institute
    amount: $50,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To support the launch of the Aspen Institute’s Science & Society program

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Elliot Gerson

    To support the launch of the Aspen Institute’s Science & Society program

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  • grantee: Carnegie Mellon University
    amount: $125,000
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2019

    To support the orchestral debut of and related materials for “Casop: A Requiem for Rice,” a contemporary classical musical piece about the enslavement of black people in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry and the underappreciated exploitation of their technologies for growing rice

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Edda Fields-Black

    To support the orchestral debut of and related materials for “Casop: A Requiem for Rice,” a contemporary classical musical piece about the enslavement of black people in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry and the underappreciated exploitation of their technologies for growing rice

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  • grantee: Bricolage Production Company
    amount: $50,000
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2019

    To support “Quantified Self,” an immersive theater piece that incorporates the audience’s personal data to increase understanding of the ethics of computer science and data collection

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Michael Skirpan

    To support “Quantified Self,” an immersive theater piece that incorporates the audience’s personal data to increase understanding of the ethics of computer science and data collection

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  • grantee: Brown University
    amount: $50,000
    city: Providence, RI
    year: 2019

    To support a semester-long program on “Illustrating Mathematics,” bringing together artists and mathematicians with an interest in illustrating mathematics with computational tools

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Brendan Hassett

    To support a semester-long program on “Illustrating Mathematics,” bringing together artists and mathematicians with an interest in illustrating mathematics with computational tools

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  • grantee: Pioneer Works
    amount: $124,410
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To establish a Media Lab at Pioneer Works by supporting the development of a strategic plan and the production of pilot science channel, podcast, video, and VR science programs

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Janna Levin

    To establish a Media Lab at Pioneer Works by supporting the development of a strategic plan and the production of pilot science channel, podcast, video, and VR science programs

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $75,976
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2018

    To support the development of a Nobel Prize-level science communication prize and activities at the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on Misinformation, to be held April 3 and 4, 2019

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Mary O'Connell

    To support the development of a Nobel Prize-level science communication prize and activities at the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on Misinformation, to be held April 3 and 4, 2019

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  • grantee: Flint Cultural Center Corporation
    amount: $500,000
    city: Flint, MI
    year: 2018

    To support the Science Discovery Hall at the Sloan Museum of Discovery in Flint, Michigan, and to advance public understanding of science to an underserved population

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Todd Slisher

    The Sloan Museum in Flint Michigan was created through a personal gift from Alfred P. Sloan Jr. and still bears his name. The museum is currently engaged in a $24 million modernization campaign to transform itself into the premier regional resource for early childhood and K-12 STEM and history education. Plans include the construction of a 10,000-square-foot Science Discovery Hall featuring a Makers Lab, interactive physical science and earth science exhibits, a spaceship earth climbing structure, and a specially designed entryway focusing on “what is science.” The museum estimates that more than 200,000 people will visit annually, including 90,000 K-12 students, many of whom will come from underserved communities. Funds from this grant support the Sloan Museum’s modernization campaign.

    To support the Science Discovery Hall at the Sloan Museum of Discovery in Flint, Michigan, and to advance public understanding of science to an underserved population

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  • grantee: Retro Report
    amount: $65,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To support research and production of a short digital documentary and accompanying videos on the science and technology behind driverless cars

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Kyra Darnton

    To support research and production of a short digital documentary and accompanying videos on the science and technology behind driverless cars

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  • grantee: Southern California Institute of Architecture
    amount: $200,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2018

    To support architecture students in the creation and dissemination of multi-media fictional narratives based on the latest research on AI and automation

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Liam Young

    Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is host to a unique program, “Fiction and Entertainment,” devoted to the notion that architectural training and a strong design background provide an excellent foundation for success in nonarchitectural fields such as media and entertainment. Funds from this grant support an expansion of the Fiction and Entertainment program that will help 16 master’s students incorporate the latest research in AI and automation technologies into multimedia fictional narratives including short films, animations, documentaries, video games, VR environments, music videos, and web series. Grant funds will allow students to engage in a year-long exploration of AI and automation technologies guided by eight experts in these fields—from Google, Uber, Sidewalk Lab, and elsewhere. Additional workshops and labs will pair students with leading artists to discuss world building, storytelling, character development, and production. As they refine their projects, each student will be matched with an appropriate technologist collaborator whose research they will crystallize into fictional projects. The grant will be capped by a daylong storytelling symposium, Fear & Wonder, which draws 500 people to hear leading directors, conceptual artists, video game designers, and storytellers “share their approach to imagining alternative worlds as a means to understanding our own.” The resulting work products, which may take a variety of multimedia forms, will then be screened at a Future of Automation symposium, which will be interspersed with themed panel discussions to further contextualize the issues. Experts and well-known figures in technology and the arts will be invited to participate. Last, Sci-Arc will produce a 12-minute documentary about all the projects and distribute it via social media.

    To support architecture students in the creation and dissemination of multi-media fictional narratives based on the latest research on AI and automation

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