Grants Database

The Foundation awards approximately 200 grants per year (excluding the Sloan Research Fellowships), totaling roughly $80 million dollars in annual commitments in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. This database contains grants for currently operating programs going back to 2008. For grants from prior years and for now-completed programs, see the annual reports section of this website.

Grants Database

Grantee
Amount
City
Year
  • grantee: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
    amount: $600,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2021

    To support two special semester-long programs at MSRI on market and mechanism design and algorithmic fairness

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Helene Barcelo

    The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is an independent nonprofit research institution and a center for collaborative research. Its events draw thousands of leading scholars from around the world each year, including intensive semesters organized around pairs of specific themes. This grant supports two semester-long programs at MSRI on market and mechanism design and algorithmic fairness. Mechanism design is a field of economics that studies procedures, assignments, and incentives that work other than through markets and prices. The program will advance research on improving the design of real-world transactions such as organ donation and medical student hospital residency matching. Algorithmic fairness, meanwhile, is concerned with understanding and correcting biases in algorithmic decision-making. Recent research has shown that some properties of algorithmic fairness are mathematically incompatible with each other, and the program will investigate what it means for predictive algorithms to be fair in ways that are both well-motivated and computationally feasible. This grant provides support for 3-6 program organizers, 15 senior research professors, 30-35 research members, 8 postdocs and 12 graduate students, for a total of 70 researchers per program, or 140 researchers in total.

    To support two special semester-long programs at MSRI on market and mechanism design and algorithmic fairness

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  • grantee: Field Ready
    amount: $450,000
    city: Evanston, IL
    year: 2021

    To develop and maintain metadata standards for open-source hardware

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Open Hardware
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Andrew Lamb

    Innovation in and adoption of open hardware practices for scientific instrumentation and apparatus are being held back by the lack of widely-accepted standards in the description and versioning of open hardware projects. Metadata standards, in particular, are essential infrastructure to enable discovery and collaboration. A typical open source hardware project can combine instructions for 3D-printed components to be built locally along with a heterogeneous range of premade components (with different degrees of quality control) from a number of suppliers, along with any number of software programs used to control the device. At the moment, much open source hardware is in the “you can find documentation on my website” stage of maturity, where documentation and assembly instructions are idiosyncratic to the individual creator, and collaboration beyond small, local teams is more or less impossible.This grant funds Andrew Lamb, the founder of the Internet of Production Alliance, in a project to establish five families of metadata standards for open hardware: Designs and Documentation; Machines and Tools; People and Skills; Materials and Components; and Contracts and Business Models. These five standards are at different stages of maturity and build on each other: the first two (Open Know-How and Open Know-Where) have already been developed and activity will primarily focus on broader adoption and maintenance; the next two will be actively developed and launched over the course of the two years; and the last will be scoped for future development.

    To develop and maintain metadata standards for open-source hardware

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  • grantee: Community Initiatives
    amount: $754,199
    city: Oakland, CA
    year: 2021

    To continue to promote and support the professionalization and institutionalization of community engagement manager in scientific societies and large-scale research collaborations

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Virtual Collaboration initiative
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Lou Woodley

    The Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE) has quickly become the preeminent research and training center focused on promoting the essential role community managers play in the effective functioning of scientific communities and thus in the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Led by microbiologist Lou Woodley, CSCCE documents and disseminates best practices in scientific community management, designs online and in-person curricula, runs training seminars, and acts as an advocate among scientists for the professionalization and institutionalization of the community management role. Funds from this grant support the continued operation and expansion of the CSCCE, along with efforts to develop and implement a business sustainability plan that will allow the organization to continue providing services to the diverse community of an estimated 30,000 community managers inside STEM research organizations. Grant funds are being administered by Community Initiatives, Inc., acting as a fiscal sponsor for CSCCE.

    To continue to promote and support the professionalization and institutionalization of community engagement manager in scientific societies and large-scale research collaborations

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $520,503
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To develop a decentralized, federated framework for institutional archiving of research software and other open scholarly materials

    • Program Technology
    • Sub-program Better Software for Science
    • Investigator Victoria Rampin

    Research by Vicky Rampin, Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at NYU's Division of Libraries, revealed that while there is widespread use of version control among academic researchers writing source code, there are limited approaches to its preservation. In response, Rampin, together with Martin Klein at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has developed an ambitious plan for CoSAI, Collaborative Software Archiving for Institutions, a project that will create a decentralized and federated platform that will knit together several existing archiving and software preservation tools. Decentralization means that no one institution can be a bottleneck or failure point for archiving workflows—a thorny problem on other platforms—while federation both shares costs among partners and implements one of the gold standards in archiving: ensuring the robustness of preservation through having multiple copies of files mirrored across independent sites. CoSAI will focus on research software and aims to archive not just the code developed on sites like GitHub, but the (currently) ephemeral record of supplementary material related to the code (e.g., discussion threads, issues, etc.). By leveraging existing open source tools like Memento Tracer and building on workflow engines such as OCCAM, CoSAI will be able to capture web resources from code repositories at high quality and in a reproducible manner.

    To develop a decentralized, federated framework for institutional archiving of research software and other open scholarly materials

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $520,172
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To continue support of the discovery and iterative use of machine learning models through development and adoption of the AI Model Share platform

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Trust in AI
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Michael Parrott

    This grant funds the continued development of the AI Model Share platform, a website and integrated open-source Python library where researchers can deploy and share versions of machine learning models they have created in their research, and which can then be subsequently downloaded, implemented, used, analyzed, and improved by other researchers. In addition to making new resources available to researchers of all kinds, AI Model Share’s careful attention to issues like requirements tracking, versions, and documentation is an important step towards creating standards, tools, and practices that will allow research using machine learning methods to be robustly replicated. Activities supported by grant funds include the beta launch of the platform, user training and feedback workshops, an expansion of the platform’s ability to submit, search for, and replicate stored AI models, and the development of a front end “portfolio page” interface for platform users.

    To continue support of the discovery and iterative use of machine learning models through development and adoption of the AI Model Share platform

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  • grantee: The Mr. October Foundation for Kids
    amount: $50,000
    city: Carmel, CA
    year: 2021

    To provide partial support for an afterschool and summer STEM enrichment program at seven public schools in the Bronx

    • Program New York City Program
    • Investigator Alan Gomez

    To provide partial support for an afterschool and summer STEM enrichment program at seven public schools in the Bronx

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  • grantee: Simmons University
    amount: $43,916
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2021

    To study how researchers collaborate using cloud-based file repositories

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Virtual Collaboration initiative
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Kyong Eun Oh

    To study how researchers collaborate using cloud-based file repositories

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  • grantee: Skylar Young-Bayer
    amount: $15,000
    city: Bristol, RI
    year: 2021

    To support the research and writing of “Uncharted: how scientists navigate health, research, and bias,” to be published by Columbia University Press

    • Program Public Understanding
    • Sub-program Books
    • Investigator Skylar Young-Bayer

    To support the research and writing of “Uncharted: how scientists navigate health, research, and bias,” to be published by Columbia University Press

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  • grantee: Second Nature, Inc.
    amount: $50,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year:

    To examine how changes in federal funding approaches for energy research might impact universities and the higher education landscape.

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Energy and Environment
    • Investigator Timothy Carter

    To examine how changes in federal funding approaches for energy research might impact universities and the higher education landscape.

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  • grantee: University of California, Davis
    amount: $250,000
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2021

    To advance faculty diversity in STEM and help faculty in priority populations (e.g., persons of color, women) overcome barriers to advancement that the COVID-19 crisis has only magnified

    • Program Higher Education
    • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education
    • Investigator Mariel Vazquez

    To advance faculty diversity in STEM and help faculty in priority populations (e.g., persons of color, women) overcome barriers to advancement that the COVID-19 crisis has only magnified

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