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: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    amount: $30,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2016

    To support post-workshop activities that explore the desirability and feasibility of adapting the UK’s Athena SWAN diversity initiative for use in US institutions

    • Program Higher Education
    • Initiative Professional Advancement of Underrepresented Groups
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Shirley Malcom

    To support post-workshop activities that explore the desirability and feasibility of adapting the UK’s Athena SWAN diversity initiative for use in US institutions

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $3,300,000
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2016

    To support the Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program (MPHD) through Phase 1 Renewal Grants for University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs) at Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and The Pennsylvania State University

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

    In 2013, the Foundation made grants to Cornel University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and The Pennsylvania State University for the establishment and operation of three University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs). Part of the Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. program, UCEMs are coordinated, campus-wide initiatives aimed at promoting the success of STEM graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups. UCEMs provide minority graduate students with a host of different benefits, including $40,000 in direct fellowship support for selected students, peer and faculty mentoring, seminars on various aspects of graduate life, a variety of professional development activities, and programs aimed at recruiting and retaining talented minority graduate students. Funds from this grant provide three years of continued operational support for the UCEMs at Cornell, Georgia Tech, and Penn State. Grant funds are administered and dispersed by the Foundation’s agent, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). Additional funds from this grant will be used by NACME for evaluation and analysis of UCEM progress and to facilitate travel and information-gathering.

    To support the Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program (MPHD) through Phase 1 Renewal Grants for University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs) at Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and The Pennsylvania State University

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  • grantee: Social Science Research Council
    amount: $975,976
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2016

    To establish the structure, governance, and offerings of the Sloan Scholars Mentor Network for a three-year cycle, with an initial target audience of Sloan Scholar MPHD graduates in academic careers

    • Program Higher Education
    • Initiative Professional Advancement of Underrepresented Groups
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Mary McDonnell

    Since the Sloan Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) program began in 1995, more than 900 minority graduate students supported by the Foundation have received their Ph.D. in a STEM field. Some 450 more students are still making progress toward their degree. Funds from this grant to the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) support the establishment of a professional development network for alumni of the Sloan Minority Ph.D. program, with a particular emphasis on those alumni who have or will continue their scholarly work in positions as college or university faculty. Over the next three years, the SSRC will spearhead the creation of the Sloan Scholar Mentor Network, and will conduct a variety of activities to grow and strengthen the network and to ensure it delivers value to its members. These include studying alumni to understand their evolving needs as researchers and faculty members, and as underrepresented minorities in STEM; building a robust and active mentoring network; working to build a common identity among alumni; offering leadership training and support to help Sloan alumni become established as leaders in their fields and workplaces, and to prepare them to become change agents within their home institutions; and establishing evaluation procedures that will enable the network to increasingly deliver value to its members. Planned activities involve “meet and greet” events at universities and disciplinary meetings, a biennial conference for alumni, a recent Ph.D. retreat for postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty, the creation of an up-to-date directory, and a series of professional development webinars.

    To establish the structure, governance, and offerings of the Sloan Scholars Mentor Network for a three-year cycle, with an initial target audience of Sloan Scholar MPHD graduates in academic careers

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  • grantee: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    amount: $105,258
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    To support a workshop of ~30 research university teams to improve the recruitment, retention, and success of URM graduate students in STEM by studying strategies employed by peer institutions in the context of the team’s own challenges and aims

    • Program Higher Education
    • Initiative Professional Advancement of Underrepresented Groups
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Shirley Malcom

    To support a workshop of ~30 research university teams to improve the recruitment, retention, and success of URM graduate students in STEM by studying strategies employed by peer institutions in the context of the team’s own challenges and aims

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  • grantee: Syracuse University
    amount: $5,000
    city: Syracuse, NY
    year: 2015

    To  support fifteen undergraduate female physics students in the northeast United States to attend the 2016 American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at Syracuse University

    • Program Higher Education
    • Initiative Professional Advancement of Underrepresented Groups
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator M. Manning

    To  support fifteen undergraduate female physics students in the northeast United States to attend the 2016 American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at Syracuse University

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  • grantee: University of Tennessee
    amount: $26,364
    city: Knoxville, TN
    year: 2015

    To support the 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Conference providing early-career minority mathematicians with enhanced understanding of their field, networking with peers, and interactions with senior researchers

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Kelly Sturner

    To support the 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Conference providing early-career minority mathematicians with enhanced understanding of their field, networking with peers, and interactions with senior researchers

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  • grantee: University of Southern California
    amount: $99,284
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2015

    To hold a workshop to enhance African Americans’ participation in engineering education and the profession using a strengths-based, pathway approach

    • Program Higher Education
    • Initiative Professional Advancement of Underrepresented Groups
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator John Slaughter

    To hold a workshop to enhance African Americans’ participation in engineering education and the profession using a strengths-based, pathway approach

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $2,000,000
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2015

    To provide $2 million for three awards to new University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs) in the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program

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

    Funds from this grant support the establishment of three University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring: one at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; one at the University of California, San Diego; and one at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. These centers will aim to increase the diversity of underrepresented minorities in STEM graduate education through providing fellowships, peer and faculty mentoring, professional development, and various other services to STEM graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Together, the three new grants will fund $40,000 scholarships to 61 Sloan UCEM Scholars over the course of three years. In addition, the three universities will provide full packages (tuition, stipend, fees) to these 61 UCEM Scholars and to 61 UCEM Institutional Match (IM) students. Additional funds will support a host of activities at the UCEMs aimed at helping minority students succeed in their graduate studies. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering administers the program, disburses funds to the Sloan UCEM Scholars and universities, reports on student progress and finances, and monitors and enforces policies on student eligibility, nomination, expenditure rules, and time-to-degree expectations.

    To provide $2 million for three awards to new University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs) in the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program

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  • grantee: Southern Regional Education Board
    amount: $999,645
    city: Atlanta, GA
    year: 2015

    To provide Sloan Scholars and program directors in its Minority Ph.D. Program access and services at the annual meetings of SREB’s Institute for Teaching and Mentoring

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Ansley Abraham

    The Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) sponsors the Compact for Faculty Diversity’s Institute for Teaching and Mentoring (Institute), the largest gathering of minority doctoral students in the country. The yearly institute brings minority students together to help provide young scholars with the resources they need to succeed in graduate study and in their future careers in academia. In addition, the Institute provides scholars opportunities to meet one another, share knowledge, and discuss common problems and strategies to overcome them. The gathering is an effective and efficient gathering point for all those in the Sloan Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) program, including Sloan Scholars, program directors, program administrators, and faculty, as well as staff from Sloan and its administrative partners: the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and the Social Sciences Research Council. The number of Sloan participants has grown to over 15 percent of total attendees in the past three years, and the Institute totals now routinely exceed 1,000 per year. This grant provides four years of support to the Southern Regional Education Board to defray costs associated with hosting the Institute.

    To provide Sloan Scholars and program directors in its Minority Ph.D. Program access and services at the annual meetings of SREB’s Institute for Teaching and Mentoring

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $1,594,609
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2015

    To increase both the number of minority students entering top Ph.D. programs in economics and economics?related fields and the diversity of the economics faculties and work force

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

    This grant supports a project by Harvard University’s Department of Economics, in partnership with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and economists in other Harvard schools (e.g., the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health), to support 24 “student-years-worth” of post-baccalaureate training in mathematics and economics for very promising underrepresented minority (URM) students. Resources available to students through the program will include a paid research assistant position with a participating Harvard faculty member, up to four courses per year of undergraduate or graduate coursework, access to one of the math boot camps taken by entering graduate students in Harvard’s economics Ph.D. program, support for GRE preparation, travel funds to attend conferences; and peer and faculty mentoring. The project aims to increase the number of Ph.D. graduates in economics and related fields by 8 to 10 percent, and to serve as a model for other universities and institutions interested in increasing the representation of minorities within economics or other scientific fields.

    To increase both the number of minority students entering top Ph.D. programs in economics and economics?related fields and the diversity of the economics faculties and work force

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