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: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $700,000
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2017

    To support a new Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) program at Duke University (combining $700,000 in new funding with $300,000 in unspent NACME funds)

    • Program Higher Education
    • Initiative Minority Ph.D.
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Christopher Smith

    This award provides for the establishment of a new University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) to be hosted at Duke University. The heart of the Foundation’s longstanding Minority PhD program, UCEMs are campus-based initiatives that provide scholarships, faculty and peer mentoring, professional development activities, and seminars and other resources aimed at promoting underrepresented minority students’ (URMs’) successful completion of graduate study. The Duke University UCEM will encompass nine science and engineering departments: chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistical science, biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering and materials science. Over the three-year grant period, 30 minority graduate students will be supported with $40,000 awards over and above their standard graduate student support packages, half from Sloan grant funds and half from Duke matching funds. In addition, UCEM faculty and administrators will enhance and expand their minority outreach, aiming for a 20% increase in URM applications and at least a 10% increase in URM matriculants to the UCEM-participating programs over the life of the grant. Other funded activities include a coordinated set of professional development and support activities for supported students, including mentorship, seminars, and networking opportunities.

    To support a new Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) program at Duke University (combining $700,000 in new funding with $300,000 in unspent NACME funds)

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  • grantee: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    amount: $1,304,560
    city: Baltimore, MD
    year: 2017

    To develop an effective pipeline for underrepresented minority students to gain admission to and complete highly competitive doctoral programs in economics by providing student support, high-value summer research experiences, and  postbaccalaureate programs

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator David Mitch

    This grant funds a pilot project at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) that will leverage the insights and infrastructure of the university’s successful Meyerhoff Scholars program to identify talented minority undergraduates with an interest in pursuing advanced degrees in economics and provide them with high quality mentoring and training that will help prepare them for success in top flight graduate programs. Funded activities include: Hosting of several workshops per year to inform students early in their college years about career opportunities available to economics PhDs; Creation of faculty working groups in economics, math, and other STEM fields to examine how undergraduate course pathways influence the potential for doctoral work in economics; Provision of advising, mentoring, group support, and financial support for interested students; Offering of summer research experiences to 15 undergraduates over five years at either UMBC or at one of several other approved research universities or institutes; and The award of five stipends to UMBC graduates for two-year research assistantships in Sloan-approved economics-focused post-baccalaureate programs.

    To develop an effective pipeline for underrepresented minority students to gain admission to and complete highly competitive doctoral programs in economics by providing student support, high-value summer research experiences, and  postbaccalaureate programs

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $400,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To heighten quality, vigor, and innovation in the U.S. STEMM enterprise by increasing the diversity of individuals, research teams, and leadership through a consensus study and online resource guide on effective mentoring programs and practices

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Thomas Rudin

    This grant provides partial support for a two-year initiative by the National Academies’ Board on Higher Education and Workforce to produce a thoroughly-researched consensus study on effective mentoring practices and the role these practices play in improving student persistence and expanding diversity and inclusion. Examining both undergraduate and graduate mentoring programs, the study aims to identify areas for future empirical research and to evaluate the impact of varied mentoring programs in STEMM (STEM+Medicine). A parallel effort will develop an online, interactive resource guide so that institutions, departments, individual faculty, and student development professionals will be able to access fully-vetted materials and resources on mentoring and customize them for their own use. Plans are to convene a study committee of 8-12 members; hold two-to-four in-person committee meetings and four-to-five virtual committee meetings; complete a critical review of the literature; organize workshops and stakeholder engagement activities; publish the committee report; develop, test, and launch the interactive online resource; and assess the project’s uptake and impact.

    To heighten quality, vigor, and innovation in the U.S. STEMM enterprise by increasing the diversity of individuals, research teams, and leadership through a consensus study and online resource guide on effective mentoring programs and practices

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  • grantee: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
    amount: $449,500
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2017

    To increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in mathematics graduate programs

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Helene Barcelo

    This grant provides 40 months of continued funding for the MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. The MSRI-UP program includes (1) an annual six-week summer research experience for 18 undergraduate mathematics students from underrepresented groups working in research teams of three, (2) colloquia and professional development workshops, (3) presentations at national math conferences following the summer program, (4) an introduction to a wide community of peers and mentors, and (5) long-term follow-up and mentorship. The research efforts of participants will result in technical reports posted on MSRI’s website, oral presentations at a culminating symposium, and presentations at various national conferences. Of former MSRI-UP participants with bachelor’s degrees, 82% have continued into graduate programs, including 70% in doctoral programs. Though the program was only started in 2007, 45 alumni have gone on to earn MS degrees and 20 have completed PhDs. These achievements are especially noteworthy given the program’s focus on recruiting underserved students who are not clearly headed for a graduate program in mathematics and who are not high GPA students from elite high schools.

    To increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in mathematics graduate programs

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $120,750
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2017

    To provide emergency funding for up to 35 continuing Sloan Scholars at the University of Puerto Rico at the Mayaguez and Rio Piedras campuses to enable progress toward their doctoral degrees following Hurricane Maria

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Christopher Smith

    To provide emergency funding for up to 35 continuing Sloan Scholars at the University of Puerto Rico at the Mayaguez and Rio Piedras campuses to enable progress toward their doctoral degrees following Hurricane Maria

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  • grantee: American Indian Science and Engineering Society
    amount: $20,000
    city: Albuquerque, NM
    year: 2017

    To provide partial support for the Undergraduate Research Competition at the 2017 and 2018 AISES National Conferences to highlight the research efforts of Native youth and establish connections with SIGP institutions

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Kathy DeerInWater

    To provide partial support for the Undergraduate Research Competition at the 2017 and 2018 AISES National Conferences to highlight the research efforts of Native youth and establish connections with SIGP institutions

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  • grantee: University of Minnesota
    amount: $42,500
    city: Minneapolis, MN
    year: 2017

    To support three panels and associated papers at the National Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report that explore the consequences of the 1968 civil disorders with a special focus on the production of minority economists

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Samuel Myers

    To support three panels and associated papers at the National Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report that explore the consequences of the 1968 civil disorders with a special focus on the production of minority economists

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $704,328
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2017

    To manage effectively and efficiently the Foundation's portfolio of graduate scholarship programs

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Christopher Smith

    Since 2001, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) has served as the sole administrative manager for the Foundation’s graduate scholarship programs for underrepresented minorities, the Minority Ph.D. program (MPHD) and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP). NACME verifies student eligibility, disburses scholarship funds, and tracks student progress. This grant continues support for these and other activities for another three years. In addition to these activities, over the next three years NACME Vice President Christopher Smith and Program Manager Denise Ellis plan to launch several new initiatives related to Sloan fellowship programs, including community building among campuses participating in the MPHD and SIGP, financial analysis of scholarship funds, and reporting on the academic progress of scholarship recipients. In addition, they will begin to administer surveys to supported students both as they join the program and at graduation.

    To manage effectively and efficiently the Foundation's portfolio of graduate scholarship programs

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $727,511
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2017

    To further develop the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative to change the face of U.S. economics departments by preparing a select cadre of high-achieving post-baccalaureate students of color for the rigors of Ph.D. study in the field

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Peter Henry

    Led by Peter Henry at New York University’s Stern School of Business, the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative (PHDEI) seeks out promising students of color who recently graduated with a baccalaureate degree in economics and offers them high quality coursework, training, and research experience designed to make them very competitive candidates for admission to top economics graduate programs. Incoming PHDEI students take two courses per semester (tuition is covered by NYU), and receive mentoring and research experience through Henry and participating economics faculty at NYU and other institutions. Grant funds support the administration of the program for four years, along with associated outreach, communications, and evaluation activities. Additional funds support an annual summer conference at which current and former research assistants and PHDEI fellows, joined by supportive faculty mentors, will present their research.

    To further develop the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative to change the face of U.S. economics departments by preparing a select cadre of high-achieving post-baccalaureate students of color for the rigors of Ph.D. study in the field

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $630,000
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2017

    To support scholarships and program expenses for a three-year renewal of a University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) at the University of South Florida

    • Program Higher Education
    • Initiative Minority Ph.D.
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Christopher Smith

    This grant continues three years of funding for the University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) at the University of South Florida (USF). UCEMs provide scholarships and support services to STEM Ph.D. students who identify as African American/black, Hispanic/Latinx, or American Indian/Alaska Native and who are U.S. citizens. Supported students, known as Sloan Scholars, receive a $40,000 stipend, a standard doctoral student support package, and are eligible to participate in a host of professional development and mentoring opportunities designed to maximize the chances of succeeding in graduate study. For each supported student, UCEMs provide a full doctoral support package to a second minority student through an institutional matching program. In addition to scholarships, grants funds will support the continuation, expansion, and improvement of a host of recruitment, retention, and student support activities, including production of an operational manual of recruitment and retention processes and activities, further development of USF’s multidimensional mentoring model, and programs to help coordinate activities between Sloan Scholars in USF’s Engineering School with those in its College of Marine Sciences.

    To support scholarships and program expenses for a three-year renewal of a University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) at the University of South Florida

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