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: $557,600
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2011

    To enable the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering to continue administering the Sloan Minority Ph.D. program and Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership program for an additional three years

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

    The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) acts as the Foundation's agent in administering the Sloan Minority Ph.D. program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership. NACME receives applications from eligible students, awards Sloan scholarships, sends checks to students, receives and monitors students' reports on their spending and their academic progress, interacts regularly with the faculty who are key to our programs' success, disburses funds to participating university campuses and departments to help them with recruitment and retention activities, monitors the spending of these funds, maintains the database for these Foundation programs, and performs analysis of these data. This grant to NACME funds the administrative costs associated with these activities for the next three years.

    To enable the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering to continue administering the Sloan Minority Ph.D. program and Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership program for an additional three years

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  • grantee: American Indian College Fund
    amount: $300,000
    city: Denver, CO
    year: 2011

    To increase the number of faculty who possess graduate degrees in mathematics, natural science, and engineering at tribal colleges and universities

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Dennis Carder

    A large fraction of American Indian students begin their college careers at one of the thirty-three accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). These institutions, most of which are associated with a particular tribe or set of tribes, are relatively new. Although most still provide only two-year degrees and certificates, others now offer a growing variety of four-year degrees and some offer master's degrees. Because of the important role of the TCUs in the education of Indian students, including those who major in STEM disciplines and go on to graduate work, it is important that these institutions' STEM faculty be capable of excellent teaching and guiding student research. Currently, approximately 28% of the 152 STEM faculty at TCUs have bachelor's degrees, 40% have master's degrees or are Ph.D. candidates, and 22% have doctorate degrees. An ongoing program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides scholarships to TCU faculty who are within one year of finishing their Ph.D. degrees with the understanding that these faculty would remain at their TCU institution for at least two years after earning their degree. Though the Mellon program has been successful in encouraging TCU faculty to finish graduate work (18 of 20 supported students have completed their Ph.D.) the supported faculty have largely come from fields outside science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with only two of the twenty supported fellows coming from STEM fields. Funds from this grant will provide monies to expand and supplement Mellon's successful program, administered by the American Indian College Fund, to more aggressively recruit and support faculty from STEM disciplines.

    To increase the number of faculty who possess graduate degrees in mathematics, natural science, and engineering at tribal colleges and universities

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  • grantee: National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
    amount: $3,768,800
    city: White Plains, NY
    year: 2011

    To fund new obligations in the Minority Ph.D. Program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership program from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012

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

    This grant to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) will fund new scholarship obligations in the Foundation's Minority Ph.D. program (MPHD) and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) that are expected to be incurred between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. NACME, the Foundation's longtime agent in administering these programs, receives and processes scholarship applications, selects students for scholarships, administers the awards, and supports recruitment efforts by faculty at participating colleges and universities. Funds from this grant will support 93 scholarships for minority students entering the Minority Ph.D. program in AY 2011-12 and 26 scholarships for students entering the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership in AY 2011-12.

    To fund new obligations in the Minority Ph.D. Program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership program from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012

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  • grantee: University of Alaska, Anchorage
    amount: $144,000
    city: Anchorage, AK
    year: 2011

    To fund for an additional three years the recruitment and retention portion of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership program at the University of Alaska

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Herb Schroeder

    This grant provides partial support to the University of Alaska, Anchorage for activities designed to recruit and retain indigenous graduate students in STEM disciplines as part of the university's participation in the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) . This is the second three-year grant to the University of Alaska fund these activities. Principal Investigator Herb Schroeder and his staff had considerable success during their first grant, recruiting 26 students compared to an expectation of 18. Attrition has also been low, with the Alaska programs having lost only one M.S. and one Ph.D. student so far. Schroeder expects to recruit seven new students annually over the next three years. Some of the activities supported through this grant include cross-cultural training for faculty and staff who work with native graduate students, weekly team meetings, a recitation session devoted to strengthening the academic skills need to successfully complete graduate work, and workshops for helping students with professional networking, grant writing, and serving as an effective teaching assistant.

    To fund for an additional three years the recruitment and retention portion of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership program at the University of Alaska

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  • grantee: American Physical Society
    amount: $18,900
    city: College Park, MD
    year: 2011

    To increase awareness of the contributions to physics of women physicists

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Theodore Hodapp

    To increase awareness of the contributions to physics of women physicists

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  • grantee: The North Carolina A&T University Foundation Inc
    amount: $50,000
    city: Greensboro, NC
    year: 2010

    To enable graduate students in North Carolina A&T's Industrial and Systems Engineering Department who have come from HBCUs to have a summer research experience at a majority university or government laboratory

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Eui Park

    To enable graduate students in North Carolina A&T's Industrial and Systems Engineering Department who have come from HBCUs to have a summer research experience at a majority university or government laboratory

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  • grantee: National Opinion Research Center
    amount: $52,650
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2010

    To complete preparation of a proposal for a comprehensive, retrospective evaluation of nine minority or diversity scholarship programs of eight foundations and government agencies

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Bronwyn Lodato

    To complete preparation of a proposal for a comprehensive, retrospective evaluation of nine minority or diversity scholarship programs of eight foundations and government agencies

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  • grantee: University of Montana
    amount: $87,300
    city: Missoula, MT
    year: 2010

    To fund an additional three years of the non-scholarship component of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership at the University of Montana

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Alexander Ross

    To fund an additional three years of the non-scholarship component of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership at the University of Montana

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  • grantee: American Chemical Society
    amount: $18,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2010

    To fund for three years an award recognizing a distinguished minority chemist while the American Chemical Society raises funds to endow the award

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Madeleine Jacobs

    To fund for three years an award recognizing a distinguished minority chemist while the American Chemical Society raises funds to endow the award

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  • grantee: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
    amount: $179,017
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2010

    To launch a project that will result in enhanced access and success of minority males in STEM disciplines at APLU-member institutions

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups
    • Investigator Lorenzo Esters

    The relative absence of minority males, compared to minority females, in higher education and subsequent careers has become widely recognized across the United States. This is especially true for African American males, although the problem is also very real for Hispanic and Native American males. Although a few individual universities (including Howard University, Ohio State University and the University of Georgia) have begun to focus on this issue, it urgently requires higher profile and more systematic attention. This grant will fund efforts by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) to take up this issue for its own member institutions within the fields of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. APLU's 218 member institutions enroll 3.5 million undergraduates and 1.1 million graduate students, including 34% of all students and 36% of minority males who are enrolled in U.S. four-year public and private institutions. The first phase of this effort will employ a planning task force of prominent scholars, university administrators and others to define the problem and develop an action plan. Anticipated products include a published paper that presents the action plan, summarizes what is known about the issue, identifies gaps in this knowledge that could be filled by further research, provides a preliminary list of resources for university presidents and others who want to address the issue, and summarizes the attributes of successful programs that are already underway. The planning task force will also produce a policy statement that can be endorsed by presidents of APLU-member institutions that raises awareness about the issue of minority males in STEM disciplines and frames the issues for an anticipated second phase of the project.

    To launch a project that will result in enhanced access and success of minority males in STEM disciplines at APLU-member institutions

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