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: Consumer Reports, Inc.
    amount: $1,002,500
    city: Yonkers, NY
    year: 2019

    To build and apply tools and research methodologies to map the collection, manipulation, and sharing of consumer data across three industries—internet of things, automotive, and data brokers—and provide consumers with information to protect their privacy and security

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Justin Brookman

    This grant supports an ongoing initiative by Consumer Reports to empower consumer choices of products and services by conducting research, developing tools, and providing accurate, easy-to-understand reporting on how companies and products collect and use consumer data. Led by Justin Brookman, Director of Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy, Consumer Reports will engage researchers and technologists over the next two years to build tools and construct research methodologies to map the collection, manipulation, and sharing of consumer data across three pivotal industries: the Internet of Things (devices in our homes, such as smart thermostats and other internet-connected appliances); automobiles (geolocation data, sensors); and data brokers (second and third parties who collect and sell information about consumers). Grant funds will support a series of dedicated fellowships for technologists and other digital experts who will help create new tools and research methodologies with the goal of creating state-of-the-art testing capacity that Consumer Reports will use to generate insights into how companies and products in these three spaces collect and use data. These insights will then be made public through Consumer ReportsХ impartial, evidence-driven journalism, which will aim both to improve consumersХ ability to choose products effectively and create incentives for market participants in these industries to improve and make more transparent their data collection and use policies. К

    To build and apply tools and research methodologies to map the collection, manipulation, and sharing of consumer data across three industries—internet of things, automotive, and data brokers—and provide consumers with information to protect their privacy and security

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $20,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To support the development of a brain-computer interface that generates music without physical movement and a live public performance and seminar demonstrating the technology

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Pamela Smith

    To support the development of a brain-computer interface that generates music without physical movement and a live public performance and seminar demonstrating the technology

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  • grantee: The Futuro Media Group
    amount: $235,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2019

    To support four short animated documentary films and related outreach about little-known women in STEM fields as part of a multimedia series about great women distributed digitally and broadcast on PBS American Masters

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Charlotte Mangin

    To support four short animated documentary films and related outreach about little-known women in STEM fields as part of a multimedia series about great women distributed digitally and broadcast on PBS American Masters

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  • grantee: Library Foundation of Los Angeles
    amount: $20,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2019

    To support a series of events at the Los Angeles Public Library that pairs leading scientists and thinkers with top journalists to discuss timely topics in science and technology

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

    To support a series of events at the Los Angeles Public Library that pairs leading scientists and thinkers with top journalists to discuss timely topics in science and technology

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  • grantee: Adler Planetarium
    amount: $74,791
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2019

    To engage faith-based and interfaith communities with scientific research through citizen science projects on Zooniverse

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Grace Wolf-Chase

    To engage faith-based and interfaith communities with scientific research through citizen science projects on Zooniverse

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  • 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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