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 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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  • grantee: Chemical Heritage Foundation
    amount: $255,000
    city: Philadelphia, PA
    year: 2011

    To increase awareness of the role of women in chemistry during the International Year of Chemistry

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Denise Creedon

    Made in recognition of the International Year of Chemistry, this grant supports a year-long slate of activities planned by the Chemical Heritage Society (CHS) to inspire and educate the public about the critical role of chemistry and chemists in contemporary society and to increase public understanding of the role of women and minority women in chemistry. Activities supported under this grant include the recording, transcription, and editing of ten interviews with women chemists, the production of seven 12-to-15 minute web profiles of women in chemistry to be distributed online through the Chemical Heritage Society's website, and the inclusion of an additional section to the CHS website dedicated to the Women in Chemistry product. Additional funds are provided to allow CHS to develop and implement an outreach strategy to disseminate these new online materials widely through social media.

    To increase awareness of the role of women in chemistry during the International Year of Chemistry

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  • grantee: Brooklyn Academy of Music
    amount: $20,000
    city: Brooklyn, NY
    year: 2011

    To support BAM’s special 150th anniversary exhibition on the Shackleton Trans-Antarctic Expedition with enhanced scientific context

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Violaine Huisman

    To support BAM’s special 150th anniversary exhibition on the Shackleton Trans-Antarctic Expedition with enhanced scientific context

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  • grantee: Museum of Mathematics
    amount: $401,461
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2011

    To equip science festivals with portable, interactive, and hands-on mathematical activities

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Glen Whitney

    Each year since 2009, visitors to the World Science Festival's Street Fair in New York City have experienced the Math Midway, a large and crowded carnival filled with mathematical toys and activities such as square-wheeled bicycles you can ride on a cycloidal track and plastic polyhedral solids that reveal surprising cross sections when you shine laser light through them. The Math Midway is one of many successful components unique to the World Science Festival, which the Sloan Foundation helped launch though its program on the Public Understanding of Science and Technology. Most science festivals struggle to present any kind of compelling mathematical content at all. The creators of Math Midway would now like to share what they have built, as well as what they have learned, with science festival planners and participants throughout the country. Funds from this grant will support efforts by Museum of Mathematics founder Glen Whitney to develop up to 20 portable versions of the Math Midway exhibitions that can travel to science and mathematics festivals across the country. The Science Festival Alliance, a Sloan Foundation grantee, has already arranged for these exhibits to be displayed and tested by organizations operating under its umbrella, including science festivals in San Diego, Philadelphia, Harlem, Cambridge, and the Bay Area. The project will also train local mathematicians to staff these exhibitions. Independent evaluation of the construction, deployment, and reception of the first six such kits is also part of the project plan under this grant, and will help clarify what works and what next steps might make sense going forward to enhance public engagement with mathematics.

    To equip science festivals with portable, interactive, and hands-on mathematical activities

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  • grantee: Science Festival Foundation
    amount: $600,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To support the fourth World Science Festival and to begin implementing the Strategic Plan and Business Development Initiative

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

    This grant to the Science Festival Foundation will provide support for the planning, development, and production of the fourth World Science Festival , a five-day series of speakers, panels, exhibits and events hosted throughout New York City which aims to contribute to a shift in the public perception of science, making manifest how science is as indispensible to a rich life as other cultural mainstays like music, theatre, art, dance and literature. Grant funds will also support the Science Festival Foundation's implementation of the first phase of its three-year Strategic Plan and Business Development initiative, which aims to develop a revenue model to ensure the Festival's long-term sustainability and to expand the Festival's impact through various channels: including the use of live, digital, and broadcast platforms; national and international partnerships, and educational outreach.

    To support the fourth World Science Festival and to begin implementing the Strategic Plan and Business Development Initiative

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  • grantee: Catticus Corporation
    amount: $250,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2010

    To support a pilot effort to produce and distribute short web videos based on new scientific papers

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

    Funds from this grant support a pilot project by Michael Schwarz of Kikim Media to produce and distribute six short web videos to accompany new scientific papers that appear in the Public Library of Science. The proposed videos-each five to seven minutes long-aim to translate the latest scientific findings into a broadly accessible language that can reach a wider audience than those who currently read academic science journals.

    To support a pilot effort to produce and distribute short web videos based on new scientific papers

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  • grantee: Science Festival Foundation
    amount: $50,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2010

    To support Icarus at the Edge of Time, a new multimedia performance piece that dramatizes ideas about time, black holes and relativity

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program New Media
    • Investigator Brian Greene

    To support Icarus at the Edge of Time, a new multimedia performance piece that dramatizes ideas about time, black holes and relativity

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