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: 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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  • grantee: Science Festival Foundation
    amount: $1,350,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To support the production and execution of the annual World Science Festival and related year-round live and digital activities in 2016, 2017, and 2018

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Tracy Day

    Launched in 2008 with the help of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the World Science Festival is perhaps the world’s premiere science festival, bringing first class scientists from all over the globe to New York City to lead the public in a weeklong series of panels, presentations, and events in celebration of all that is fun and fascinating about science. More than 50 panels and events are targeted at all ages and education levels, with recent panels devoted to such diverse topics as the science and history of beer-making, the use of electrical stimulation to improve cognitive function, and the effects of zero gravity environments on the human body. To increase its reach beyond New York City, the festival produces online and video segments and education material for science teachers to incorporate into their curricula. Funds from this grant provide continued support to the World Science Festival for another three years.

    To support the production and execution of the annual World Science Festival and related year-round live and digital activities in 2016, 2017, and 2018

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  • grantee: National Geographic Society
    amount: $54,824
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    To produce a short video for The Science Philanthropy Alliance that illustrates its purpose and encourages philanthropic commitments to science funding for presentation with the Giving Pledge group on November 6, 2015

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Pam Caragol

    To produce a short video for The Science Philanthropy Alliance that illustrates its purpose and encourages philanthropic commitments to science funding for presentation with the Giving Pledge group on November 6, 2015

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  • grantee: The Phillips Collection
    amount: $75,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2014

    To support an exhibition, public programs, and a book about the mathematical significance of the artist Man Ray's work

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Wendy Grossman

    To support an exhibition, public programs, and a book about the mathematical significance of the artist Man Ray's work

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  • grantee: Women Make Movies, Inc.
    amount: $50,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To support two animated short films about current scientific research that will be distributed on the web

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Flora Lichtman

    To support two animated short films about current scientific research that will be distributed on the web

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  • grantee: Library Foundation of Los Angeles
    amount: $20,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2014

    To support a science essay, panels with scientists, and other programs exploring the scientific underpinnings of Homer's The Odyssey, part of a month-long series of programs, lectures, and events using libraries to bring the two cultures of science and the arts together around great works of literature

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Kenneth Brecher

    To support a science essay, panels with scientists, and other programs exploring the scientific underpinnings of Homer's The Odyssey, part of a month-long series of programs, lectures, and events using libraries to bring the two cultures of science and the arts together around great works of literature

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $20,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    To provide support to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in expanding audiences and building engagement for a traveling exhibition exploring the scientific, technological, and cultural roots of time reckoning and our understanding of time

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Jennifer Chi

    To provide support to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in expanding audiences and building engagement for a traveling exhibition exploring the scientific, technological, and cultural roots of time reckoning and our understanding of time

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  • grantee: Library Foundation of Los Angeles
    amount: $50,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2013

    As support for the scientific component of a month-long multimedia library program on the contemporary relevance of Moby Dick

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Kenneth Brecher

    As support for the scientific component of a month-long multimedia library program on the contemporary relevance of Moby Dick

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