The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. The Foundation makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance; and to improve the quality of American life. Though founded in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan Jr., then-President and CEO of General Motors, the Foundation is an independent entity and has no formal relationship with the General Motors Corporation.

The Foundation is unique in its focus on science, technology, and economic institutions. It believes the scholars and practitioners who work in these fields are chief drivers of the nation's health and prosperity. In each grant program, the Foundation seeks proposals for original projects led by outstanding individuals or teams.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is interested in projects that it expects will result in a strong benefit to society, and for which funding from the private sector, the government, or other foundations is not widely available.

Public Understanding of Science and Technology
The goal of this program is to enhance people's lives by providing a better understanding of the increasingly scientific and technological environment in which we live. The program also aims to convey some of the challenges and rewards of the scientific and technological enterprise and of the lives of the men and women who undertake it. The Program supports the use of books, film, radio, television, theater, and other efforts to reach a wide non-specialist audience.

The program also funds projects in the history of science and technology and media outreach to help the scientific community understand the public's attitudes toward and knowledge of science.

Film Schools
The goal of the film schools program is to influence the next generation of filmmakers to create more realistic and dramatic stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers through the visual media. This innovative program awards prizes at six leading film schools:

  • American Film Institute
  • UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
  • Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama
  • Columbia University Film Department
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts

For more information, please visit the Sloan Foundation Web site

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