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: 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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  • grantee: Science Festival Foundation
    amount: $1,300,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    To support program development and production of the World Science Festival for two years

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

    This grant provides two years of continued support to the Science Festival Foundation for development and production of the World Science Festival, a week-long celebration of all that is fun and fascinating about science. Held each year in New York City, the Festival brings together scientific luminaries, technologists, artists, tastemakers, and the public for a series of panels, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, and educational events that aim to make manifest how engagement with science is as indispensable to a rich life as other cultural mainstays like music, theater, and literature. Grants funds support the production of the 2014 and 2015 World Science Festivals; additional scientific programming to be produced year-round; expanded educational programming focused on reaching students; expansion of the Festival’s web offerings to enable participation for those outside New York; and the development and implementation of a long-term sustainability plan for the Festival.

    To support program development and production of the World Science Festival for two years

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  • grantee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    amount: $50,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2013

    To support a two-day workshop on the changing face of public science engagement and potential research in this area

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

    To support a two-day workshop on the changing face of public science engagement and potential research in this area

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  • grantee: Chemical Heritage Foundation
    amount: $410,740
    city: Philadelphia, PA
    year: 2013

    To create a chemistry set iPad app for free download that recreates the experience of working with a real chemistry set

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Shelley Geehr

    This grant funds an ambitious new project by the Chemical Heritage Foundation to build a free mobile app for iPad that recreates the excitement and educational potential of working with a chemistry set. Structured like a game, the app will instruct users in the principles of chemistry and guide them through a series of increasingly complicated virtual experiments that explore the properties of matter, thermodynamics, gases, and chemical energy. The app will be focused on 12 to 15 year olds and, when completed, will be available to download for free. The project is an experiment in how to leverage new developments in information technology and media to advance the public understanding of science.

    To create a chemistry set iPad app for free download that recreates the experience of working with a real chemistry set

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  • grantee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    amount: $399,545
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2012

    To provide seed grants to launch twelve new science festival initiatives in communities with small resource bases

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

    This two-year grant funds a project by John Durant and the MIT Museum, leaders in the Science Festival Alliance, to launch 12 new science festival initiatives in communities with "relatively small resource bases," supporting festivals in communities that would otherwise lack the budget or experience to launch their own. The Science Festival Alliance has identified four lead festivals-in Wisconsin, Florida, Colorado, and Missouri-to act as models. Harnessing experienced mentors, the Science Festival Alliance will use modest challenge grants and how-to resources to help local science festival efforts get off the ground. Additionally, they will strengthen connections within the science festival community while establishing methods expanding festivals to under-resourced communities. This grant is a promising way to expand the science festival experience to communities across the country and, if successful, would represent a 33 percent increase in the 36 local science festivals that currently exist in America.

    To provide seed grants to launch twelve new science festival initiatives in communities with small resource bases

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  • grantee: New York Hall of Science
    amount: $320,514
    city: Corona, NY
    year: 2012

    To create an interactive eBook for iPad that incorporates compelling narratives from the Innocence Project with scientific themes of DNA used as evidence and cognitive and perception biases

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Eric Siegel

    This grant funds the production of an interactive new eBook, Innocence, Guilt and Science. Authored by New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer and produced in conjunction with the Innocent Project, the book will detail some of the more than 250 death row convictions and life sentences the Innocent Project has helped overturn through the use of DNA evidence. The book will explore how cutting edge advances in genomics is affecting the judicial system, including how they sheds light on the subjective distortions of more traditional forensic "science" based on perception and memory. Innocence Guilt and Science will also push the envelope of eBook technology, integrating traditional written narrative with photos and court documents, in-depth video clips, links to online resources, and interactive games that will allow readers to explore scientific themes. Innocence, Guilt and Science will provide the public with a deeper understanding of the science of DNA testing and how it is used to identify individuals; and also with a greater grasp of the science of perception, cognition, and the many distortions that our memories introduce.

    To create an interactive eBook for iPad that incorporates compelling narratives from the Innocence Project with scientific themes of DNA used as evidence and cognitive and perception biases

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  • grantee: New Jersey Institute of Technology Foundation
    amount: $25,850
    city: Newark, NJ
    year: 2011

    As support for talks, performances, and artistic presentations on the role of beauty and aesthetics in Darwin's theories of selection

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

    As support for talks, performances, and artistic presentations on the role of beauty and aesthetics in Darwin's theories of selection

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  • grantee: Science Festival Foundation
    amount: $1,300,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2011

    To support programming and dissemination of the World Science Festival for two years

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

    This grant provides two years of continuing support to the Science Festival Foundation to produce the World Science Festival, a weeklong series of more than 50 lectures, demonstrations, and public exhibits designed to celebrate science and scientific discovery. In addition to funding the organization and production of the festival for the next two years, funds from this grant will also support the Science Festival Foundation's continued efforts to increase its impact by establishing national and international distribution networks for Festival-created content, to expand its online media platform, and to develop programming for use in science classrooms in New York and beyond.

    To support programming and dissemination of the World Science Festival for two years

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  • grantee: New York Hall of Science
    amount: $65,000
    city: Corona, NY
    year: 2011

    As a planning grant to develop an interactive electronic book using cases from the Innocence Project to educate the public about the science of DNA and the use of DNA evidence in the criminal justice system

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Eric Siegel

    As a planning grant to develop an interactive electronic book using cases from the Innocence Project to educate the public about the science of DNA and the use of DNA evidence in the criminal justice system

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