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: Council of Graduate Schools
    amount: $658,687
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2010

    To launch a project focusing on completion and attrition in STEM Master's Programs

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Debra Stewart

    In February 2009 the Foundation funded a project by Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) to enable them to develop a national strategy for enhancing the completion rate in STEM master's degrees. With these funds, CGS surveyed what was known about this subject, produced a paper that summarized what is known, outlined a research agenda for improving knowledge about what affects attrition and completion rates, and began laying out a taxonomy of STEM master's degrees. They also convened a meeting of researchers, graduate deans, and others to discuss the paper and what CGS could and should do further in this area. The strategy that emerged from this preliminary work calls for a two-phased follow-on program. The first phase, funding for which is provided through this grant, would (a) further develop a taxonomy of STEM master's programs; (b) establish standardized definitions for "entry", "attrition", and "completion" in STEM master's programs; (c) provide a first look at comparable completion and attrition rates within STEM master's programs in a variety of programs in a selected number of institutions; and (d) determine factors perceived to affect student success or attrition and identify promising practices to foster student success. Based on what is learned from all this, CGS will decide whether a second phase is warranted that would gather data on completion and attrition from a larger, more representative set of institutions and track implementation and effects of promising interventions designed to improve outcomes for all or a subset of STEM master's degree types.

    To launch a project focusing on completion and attrition in STEM Master's Programs

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  • grantee: University of Washington
    amount: $6,800
    city: Seattle, WA
    year: 2010

    To partially fund a meeting of engineering deans who participated in the Project to Assess Climate in Engineering

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Suzanne Brainard

    To partially fund a meeting of engineering deans who participated in the Project to Assess Climate in Engineering

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  • grantee: Thurgood Marshall College Fund
    amount: $34,750
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2009

    To plan the launching of a program through which Thurgood Marshall College Fund universities would collect and analyze data on student retention and migration in STEM disciplines

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Rebecca Bennett

    To plan the launching of a program through which Thurgood Marshall College Fund universities would collect and analyze data on student retention and migration in STEM disciplines

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  • grantee: Swarthmore College
    amount: $313,029
    city: Swarthmore, PA
    year: 2009

    To launch a multi-campus project to improve understanding of undergraduate student migration into and out of science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Lynne Molter

    In recent years our small program to improve retention and graduation rates for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM disciplines has focused on encouraging campuses to obtain and use good data on STEM enrollments, migration, retention, graduation rates and time-to-degree. Using small officer grants, we funded three projects: At the American Society for Engineering Education, focused on engineering. They are now ready to pilot test a new data collection template. At the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, focused on time-to-degree. They are now considering what their next step should be. At Washington University, focused on all of these issues for selective public universities, private universities, and private colleges. The latter project, with leadership now transferred to Swarthmore College, has sparked the desire to create and institutionalize a consortium of campuses that collect uniform institutional data and survey students in order to improve understanding of undergraduate student migration into and out of science, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The group will start by reviewing and revising, as appropriate, the data collection template and survey instrument that emerged from the previous, preliminary project. The participating institutions will then initiate regular collection and reporting of data and surveying of students. At this time, fifteen institutions have agreed to participate, many of which were also involved in the preliminary project. The consortium's executive committee continues to recruit additional institutions to participate. Because it is important to have a critical mass of participants, including within each category of institution, if this request is approved, we will not issue the first check until there are at least 16 committed institutions, at least five in each of the three categories: private colleges, private universities, and public universities.

    To launch a multi-campus project to improve understanding of undergraduate student migration into and out of science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines

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  • grantee: University of Washington
    amount: $31,538
    city: Seattle, WA
    year: 2009

    To supplement a previous grant for the Project to Access Climate in Engineering to derive maximum benefit from a newly-planned December 2010 meeting in Banff

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Suzanne Brainard

    To supplement a previous grant for the Project to Access Climate in Engineering to derive maximum benefit from a newly-planned December 2010 meeting in Banff

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  • grantee: Council of Graduate Schools
    amount: $80,845
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To develop a national strategy for enhancing the Master's Degree completion in STEM disciplines

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Debra Stewart

    To develop a national strategy for enhancing the Master's Degree completion in STEM disciplines

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  • grantee: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
    amount: $14,500
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2008

    To design a research project to develop and evaluate a standardized reporting module for undergraduate completion rates and time-to-degree by discipline

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Christine Keller

    To design a research project to develop and evaluate a standardized reporting module for undergraduate completion rates and time-to-degree by discipline

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  • grantee: American Society for Engineering Education
    amount: $44,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2008

    To develop and prepare for pilot implementation procedures for collecting and analyzing success data for undergraduate engineering students

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Gene Cilento

    To develop and prepare for pilot implementation procedures for collecting and analyzing success data for undergraduate engineering students

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  • grantee: Educational Policy Institute, Inc.
    amount: $39,975
    city: Virginia Beach, VA
    year: 2008

    To enable the EPI to identify comprehensively and describe current and recent efforts at the national, regional, state, and institutional levels to collect individual-level data in an effort to track student progress in postsecondary education

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Watson Swail

    To enable the EPI to identify comprehensively and describe current and recent efforts at the national, regional, state, and institutional levels to collect individual-level data in an effort to track student progress in postsecondary education

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  • grantee: Washington University in St. Louis
    amount: $19,200
    city: St. Louis, MO
    year: 2008

    To fund a third meeting for the study of student migration in and out of STEM fields

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Science of Learning STEM
    • Investigator Robert Koff

    To fund a third meeting for the study of student migration in and out of STEM fields

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