Sloan Foundation: Science Program
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Grant amount: Unspecified amount
Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University
Funding uses: Research
Location of project: Anywhere in the world
Location of residency: Anywhere in the worldView website Save Need help writing this grant?
NOTE: The Sloan Foundation has several program areas within the Science Program. Those accepting unsolicited letters of inquiry are shown below.
Support for basic scientific research lies at the core of the foundation’s mission. Alfred P. Sloan Jr. felt strongly that future increases in human welfare would be driven by an increased understanding and mastery of the natural world and that it was thus important to support those scientific pioneers who are expanding the frontiers of human knowledge.
Because our resources constitute such a small fraction of total societal investment in research, the Foundation must be extremely strategic both in the design of its grantmaking programs and in selecting individual projects for funding. In each of our science grantmaking programs, the Foundation seeks proposals for original projects led by outstanding individuals or teams, which exhibit a high degree of methodological rigor, which have a high expected return to society, and for which funding from the private sector, government, or other foundations is not yet widely available.
Chemistry of Indoor Environments
Program goal: to grow a new field of scientific inquiry focused on understanding the fundamental chemistry taking place in indoor environments and how that chemistry is shaped by building attributes and human occupancy.
The program makes grants to achieve a series of interrelated goals
- Generate new knowledge by directly supporting original, high-quality research to identify indoor chemical sources, characterize the chemical and physical transformations taking place indoors, and determine how indoor chemistry is shaped by building attributes and occupancy.
- Develop a modeling consortium to improve the cohesiveness of the community and its ability to integrate findings.
- Build a thriving, multidisciplinary research community of chemists; environmental, civil, and mechanical engineers; architects; atmospheric scientists; microbiologists; and environmental health experts that will endure beyond the program’s timeline.
- Train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. An important component of this program is introducing new voices into the field and training the next generation of researchers.
- Develop community-wide research protocols, and norms.
- Advance capacity for discovery through development of new tools for data collection, sampling, analysis, and visualization.
Successful research proposals should focus on some aspect of the following broad inquiry areas.
- Environment and Occupancy: How does the built environment and its human and microbial inhabitants affect indoor chemistry? How does indoor chemistry affect the built environment and its inhabitants?
- Sources: What are the primary sources of reactive compounds indoors? What role does outdoor air play in affecting the abundance and distribution of chemicals in indoor air?
- Chemical and Physical Transformations: What is the nature of indoor gas, aerosol, and surface chemistry? What indoor processes drive transitions between gas, aerosol, and surface chemistries?
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- In selecting projects for funding, the Foundation seeks proposals for original initiatives led by outstanding individuals or teams.
- We are interested in projects that have a high expected return to society, exhibit a high degree of methodological rigor, and for which funding from the private sector, government, or other foundations is not yet widely available.
- What We Do Not Fund
- The Foundation does not make grants to political campaigns, to support political activities, or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation.
- The Foundation does not make grants to individuals except through its Books program.
- The Foundation does not generally make grants to for-profit institutions.
- The Foundation does not make grants in religion, medical research, or research in the humanities.
- The Foundation does not make grants aimed at pre-college students except through its New York City initiative.
- The Foundation does not make grants to projects in the creative or performing arts except when those projects are related to educating the public about science, technology, or economics.
- The Foundation does not make grants for endowments, fundraising drives, or fundraising dinners.
- The Foundation does not make grants in support of the purchase, construction, or renovation of buildings or laboratories. On some occasions, the Foundation will support the purchase or construction of scientific equipment if such equipment is essential to the success of a Foundation-supported research project or educational initiative.
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