Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic non-profit organization in the United States, based in New York City, built in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan Jr., then President and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors.
The programs and interests of the foundation lie in the fields of science and technology, standard of living and economy, education and careers in science and technology. The total amount of the foundation capital is 1.8 billion U.S. dollars.
In 2000, the Sloan Foundation launched a national protection program against bioterrorism, to raise the public's awareness about the importance of terrorism, and handed out 40 grants worth a total of over 17 million dollars. Other more recently by the Sloan Foundation partially or wholly sponsored projects are the Encyclopedia of Life, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Census of Marine Life, including the Ocean Biogeographic Information System ( OBIS ). The Sloan Work and Family Research Network at Boston College to support research and education in working class families. The Sloan Fellowships are annual scholarships and grants that are given to more than 100 young researchers and university faculties to continue research projects in science, economics, neuroscience, research on computers and molecular biology.
Board members are also currently Harold T. Shapiro, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Robert M. Solow, who was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize for Economics.
In addition to the support by the Sloan Foundation Festival, endowed with $ 20,000 Alfred P. Sloan Prize is awarded to filmmakers since 2003 at the Sundance Film that present in her work topics or people from science, research, mathematics or technical development.