Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Grant Application Process

STEP 1: Visit the Sloan Web site

The first step in the grant application process is learning if grant support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is available for your project. Review carefully the program descriptions on the Foundation’s Web site. Each program has an APPLY button that will take you to an explanation of the availability of grants in that program and whether unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted. If nothing is specified, you may assume that unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted.

STEP 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry

The next step is to submit a brief letter of inquiry outlining your idea and inquiring about the possibility of funding. Visit our letters of inquiry page for guidelines on composing and submitting a letter of inquiry.

STEP 3: Submit a Grant Proposal

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. 
Grantseekers interested in obtaining funding from the Foundation are strongly encouraged to first submit a Letter of Inquiry, as described above. Those submitting promising letters of inquiry will be contacted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and invited to submit a formal grant proposal. Visit our Grant Proposals page for guidelines on composing and submitting a formal grant proposal.

Once a formal grant proposal has been submitted, the Foundation will evaluate the proposal and come to a decision about whether it meets the Foundation’s standards and advances current Foundation priorities. Depending on the funds requested and the complexity of the work to be performed, the Foundation may seek outside expert review of the proposal.

NOTE: The process detailed above does not apply to nominations for the Sloan Research Fellowships.  To learn more about how to be nominated for a Fellowship, visit the Sloan Research Fellowships section of the website.