Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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About the Foundation

We fund research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economics

Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the Foundation is a not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor. 


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants primarily to support original research and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. The Foundation believes that these fields—and the scholars and practitioners who work in them—are chief drivers of the nation's health and prosperity. The Foundation also believes that a reasoned, systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. 


Our grantmaking is divided thematically across several broad subject areas related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics.

Sloan Research Fellowships

These two-year fellowships honor outstanding early-career researchers in eight fields and have become one of the most prestigious and sought after awards available to young scholars.


Funding Agency
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a major IGEN Project funding partner and has played a critical part in increasing diversity, equity & inclusion in STEM higher education.