Grantee Profile

University of Chicago

Grants to University of Chicago

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The University of Chicago's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab (GCC Lab) creates digital stories, trans-media games, and new media art projects that advance the social and emotional health of youth, with a particular focus on civic engagement and sexual and reproductive health. Game Changer will use this grant to create a trans-media, narrative-driven game to engage Chicago youth in science, technology and health learning as part of the year-round Chicago City of Learning, and study young people as they play the game to better understand how it facilitates learning and how badging and mentors affect youths' outcomes.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 1 year)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant to the Gary Becker Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics will support a distinguished group of academic and theoretical economists at the University of Chicago to pursue work on the effects of policy uncertainty, and to bring that research into Washington policy debates more deliberately. Foundation funds supplement other support raised by the Becker Friedman Institute to be used for theoretical and empirical research, to host conferences, and to actively connect this research, which is currently not well-represented in the policy debates, to the policy community.

  • $71,534Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant to the University of Chicago funds a joint research initiative, co-led by scholars at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, on Neighborhood, Organization, and the Future of the City. A group of leading scholars with expertise on the social, physical, and organizational dimensions of urban areas will undertake a series of interdisciplinary working meetings, symposia, and publications in an effort to establish a research agenda and launch focused projects on promising new topics and methodologies, and thus spur a new wave of research on neighborhoods and the social and political organization of the contemporary American city.

  • $54,941Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant to the School of Social Service Administration will support a longitudinal study of the economic, educational, and social trajectories of young undocumented immigrants who are granted work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The results will inform future policy debates over regularizing the status of undocumented immigrants by presenting credible evidence of the benefits and costs of doing so.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Game Changer Chicago Design Lab (GCC Lab) is a new research initiative at the University of Chicago that taps staff, students, and faculty to work with youth to create digital stories, trans-media games, and new media art projects related to the social and emotional well-being of urban youth. With this grant, the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab will work with the Chicago Hive Learning Network, Mozilla Foundation, Born This Way Foundation, and the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics to create experiences that engage young people in learning through their interest in improving their communities and schools.

  • $70,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To assemble, prepare, and analyze baseline data needed to evaluate the Chicago Elev8 program.

  • $28,750Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Philanthropy and Educational Reform in Chicago project.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded University of Chicago $1,275,225 between 2002 and 2014.

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