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: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
    amount: $500,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2018

    To support the 2019 and 2021 National Math Festivals, events that increase the appreciation for mathematics and mathematical research through the arts, engaging lectures, and interactive activities

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

    This grant provides operational and administrative support for the National Math Festival, a biannual celebration of mathematics and mathematics research held in Washington, D.C. The festival, which drew crowds in excess of 20,000 people in both 2015 and 2017, features publicly accessible lectures on mathematics, interactive exhibits about mathematical concepts, and demonstrations for adults and children of the beauty of mathematical patterns and their prevalence in virtually every facet of life. Grant funds will support production of the National Math Festival in 2019 and 2021, the fielding and analysis of attendee surveys to improve the festival’s offerings, production of a documentary about the festival, and expanded outreach through the web and social media.

    To support the 2019 and 2021 National Math Festivals, events that increase the appreciation for mathematics and mathematical research through the arts, engaging lectures, and interactive activities

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  • grantee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    amount: $20,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2018

    Support for the preliminary stages of a MIT Press book and film project on women in STEM fields and the seminal 1999 report “A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT.”

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Amy Brand

    Support for the preliminary stages of a MIT Press book and film project on women in STEM fields and the seminal 1999 report “A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT.”

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  • grantee: Washington Monthly Corporation
    amount: $50,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To support the re-launch of Invention & Technology Magazine with a special issue on the achievements of women and minorities in STEM and to redesign the website

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Diane Straus

    To support the re-launch of Invention & Technology Magazine with a special issue on the achievements of women and minorities in STEM and to redesign the website

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  • grantee: Women Make Movies, Inc.
    amount: $50,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2017

    To showcase 10 high-profile new media science projects from the U.S. at the 2017 World Congress of Science and Factual Producers

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

    To showcase 10 high-profile new media science projects from the U.S. at the 2017 World Congress of Science and Factual Producers

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  • grantee: Academy Foundation
    amount: $20,000
    city: Beverly Hills, CA
    year: 2017

    To support the Academy of Motions Pictures Art and Sciences and its Sci-Tech Council in a screening and panel discussion of Hidden Figures, presented in collaboration with NASA

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Andrew Maltz

    To support the Academy of Motions Pictures Art and Sciences and its Sci-Tech Council in a screening and panel discussion of Hidden Figures, presented in collaboration with NASA

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  • 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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