Sloan Foundation donations made to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_P._Sloan_Foundation
Facebook username sloanfoundation
Websitehttps://sloan.org/
Donations URLhttps://sloan.org/grants-database
Twitter usernameSloanFoundation
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://sloan.org/about#mission
Grant application process pagehttps://sloan.org/grants/apply
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/sloan-foundation

Full donor page for donor Sloan Foundation

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page MITnews
Websitehttp://mit.edu
Twitter usernamemit
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_Institute_of_Technology

Full donee page for donee Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 34 250,000 462,338 4,500 20,000 45,000 75,000 120,000 250,000 385,328 400,000 500,000 1,000,000 3,562,684
Initiatives 3 108,425 204,308 4,500 4,500 4,500 4,500 108,425 108,425 108,425 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000
Economics 13 327,322 738,981 20,000 20,000 45,000 80,000 250,000 327,322 390,487 485,000 868,954 2,998,325 3,562,684
Higher Education 2 20,000 35,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Public Understanding 5 349,768 275,334 20,000 20,000 20,000 50,000 50,000 349,768 349,768 399,545 399,545 557,359 557,359
Energy and Environment 8 125,000 406,050 45,000 45,000 60,000 75,000 125,000 125,000 400,000 500,000 1,000,000 1,043,399 1,043,399
Science 2 120,000 209,712 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 299,424 299,424 299,424 299,424 299,424
Digital Technology 1 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328 385,328

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Economics (filter this donor) 13 9,606,759.00 0.00 824,756.00 3,483,325.00 124,718.00 948,954.00 3,627,684.00 0.00 327,322.00 250,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Energy and Environment (filter this donor) 8 3,248,399.00 1,168,399.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 120,000.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 400,000.00
Public Understanding (filter this donor) 5 1,376,672.00 577,359.00 0.00 349,768.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 399,545.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Initiatives (filter this donor) 3 612,925.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,500.00 0.00 108,425.00 0.00 0.00
Science (filter this donor) 2 419,424.00 299,424.00 0.00 0.00 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 1 385,328.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 385,328.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Higher Education (filter this donor) 2 70,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 34 15,719,507.00 2,045,182.00 1,374,756.00 4,833,093.00 364,718.00 1,008,954.00 3,697,684.00 789,373.00 327,322.00 858,425.00 20,000.00 400,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (34 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 34)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
299,424.00172018Science/Chemistry of Indoor Environmentshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8580-- Grant investigator: Jesse Kroll; to develop a low-cost monitor for measurements of volatile organic compounds in the indoor environment.
1,043,399.0032018Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8456-- Grant investigator: Robert Armstrong; to produce a comprehensive, multidisciplinary Future of Storage study that will consider the role key storage technologies might play in electricity systems over different time scales and service requirements.
20,000.00302018Public Understanding/New Mediahttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8471-- Grant investigator: Amy Brand; support for the preliminary stages of a MIT Press book and film project on women in STEM fields and the seminal 1999 report “A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT.”.
125,000.00192018Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8562-- Grant investigator: Jessika Trancik; to provide final support in completing the first phase of a project examining the component costs of battery chemistries and train the next generation of scholars in energy systems analysis.
557,359.0062018Public Understanding/New Mediahttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8554-- Grant investigator: John Durant; to support the growth of twelve new science festival initiatives in communities across the country with small resource bases with a special new emphasis on diversity.
50,000.00262017Higher Education/Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groupshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8492-- Grant investigator: Alan Grossman; to support up to four undergraduate students planning for PhD programs from the University of Puerto Rico system for a semester (Spring 2018) of study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
500,000.0072017Initiatives/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8270-- Grant investigator: Israel Ruiz; as a gift to MIT to establish a Fund in honor of Professor Paul Joskow to recognize his ten years of exemplary service as President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
390,487.00132017Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8073-- Grant investigator: John Van Reenen; to study R&D investment levels and returns in the context of current U.S. productivity and innovation trends.
434,269.00102017Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8074-- Grant investigator: Heidi Williams; to conduct research on the private and social returns to innovation.
2,998,325.0022016Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8061-- Grant investigator: Amy Finkelstein; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to continue core support for a research network that promotes the rigorous empirical study of economic issues in North America.
1,000,000.0042016Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7442-- Grant investigator: Jacopo Buongiorno; to conduct an assessment of the opportunities and challenges associated with the future of next generation nuclear energy technologies.
485,000.0092016Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6837-- Grant investigator: Esther Duflo; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to improve the credibility of empirical economics by turning best-practices for research transparency into common practice for research practitioners.
349,768.00152016Public Understanding/New Mediahttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7302-- Grant investigator: John Durant; to support the growth of nine new science festival initiatives in communities across the country with small resource bases.
45,000.00282015Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7454-- Grant investigator: Christopher Knittel; to organize a workshop that brings together the leadership and management of university energy economics, technology, and policy research initiatives to plan strategically, discuss best practices, and explore possibilities for improved coordination.
75,000.00242015Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7459-- Grant investigator: Richard Lester; to assess the past and present capabilities of the U.S. nuclear energy innovation system.
124,718.00202015Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6811-- Grant investigator: Maria Zuber; initiative: Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST); to catalogue promising but underfunded opportunities for investing in scientific research.
120,000.00212015Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7743-- Grant investigator: Fangqiong Ling; to develop genomic assays targeted at the human?associated microbiome that can be used to monitor biological safety, enabling potable reuse of wastewater.
868,954.0052014Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6848-- Grant investigator: Micah Altman; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to develop tools that are computationally, administratively, and legally practical for conducting privacy preserving research on social science datasets.
60,000.00252014Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7476-- Grant investigator: Richard Lester; to provide final support for the International Nuclear Leadership Education Program (INLEP) to train private and public sector executives from emerging nuclear countries and to become financially self-sustaining over the next year.
80,000.00232014Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6861-- Grant investigator: Daniel Weitzner; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to organize and run a workshop on technical, practical, and research questions about big data privacy.
50,000.00262013Public Understanding/New Mediahttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7313-- Grant investigator: David Kaiser; to support a two-day workshop on the changing face of public science engagement and potential research in this area.
20,000.00302013Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6818-- Grant investigator: Andrew Lo; initiative: Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST); to explore new methods for funding scientific research.
20,000.00302013Higher Education/Science of Learning STEMhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7536-- Grant investigator: Daniel Hastings; to share best practices in evaluating teaching and learning in promotion and tenure at some of the nation’s top research universities.
3,562,684.0012013Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6854-- Grant investigator: Amy Finkelstein; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to launch a research network that promotes the rigorous empirical study of economic issues in North America.
45,000.00282013Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6865-- Grant investigator: Samuel Madden; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to hold a workshop that informs and articulates a roadmap for research on privacy-preserving techniques for processing large sets of data.
399,545.00122012Public Understanding/New Mediahttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7314-- Grant investigator: John Durant; to provide seed grants to launch twelve new science festival initiatives in communities with small resource bases.
4,500.00342012Initiatives/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7198-- Grant investigator: Beth Ogar; to remove, clean, restore, and relocate the portrait of Alfred P. Sloan that currently hangs in the E52 Sloan Building Lobby.
385,328.00142012Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6753-- Grant investigator: Erik Brynjolfsson; to examine the impacts of online working paper repositories on the diffusion of scholarly ideas.
327,322.00162011Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6904-- Grant investigator: Daron Acemoglu; to assess whether and to what extent the loss of domestic manufacturing due to trade with China affects the productivity of other U.S. firms in the same geographical area.
500,000.0072010Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7503-- Grant investigator: Richard Lester; to create a new executive-level course designed to promote the safe and responsible use of nuclear power worldwide.
108,425.00222010Initiatives/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7521-- Grant investigator: Glenn Ellison; to investigate gender gaps and achievement gaps across schools among high-achieving mathematics students.
250,000.00182010Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6881-- Grant investigator: Anthony Sinskey; to examine the effects of globalization on U.S. domestic regulatory policies, compliance, and economics in biopharmaceutical product manufacturing.
20,000.00302009Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6942-- Grant investigator: David Autor; to prepare and post a comprehensive data base for studying the effects of rent control.
400,000.00112008Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7510-- Grant investigator: Robert Armstrong; to partially fund an MIT study on the Future of Solar Energy.