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: George Washington University
    amount: $74,962
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To explore research areas in extreme biophysics, creation of new carbon-based materials, and implications for astrophysics and more extreme conditions not currently explored in the DCO

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Russell Hemley

    To explore research areas in extreme biophysics, creation of new carbon-based materials, and implications for astrophysics and more extreme conditions not currently explored in the DCO

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  • grantee: University of Sydney
    amount: $100,000
    city: Sydney, Australia
    year: 2017

    To modify models of the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates over the past billion years to incorporate visual knowledge of deep carbon cycle

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Sabin Zahirovic

    To modify models of the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates over the past billion years to incorporate visual knowledge of deep carbon cycle

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  • grantee: Marine Biological Laboratory
    amount: $1,250,000
    city: Woods Hole, MA
    year: 2017

    To integrate and synthesize the activities of the Deep Life community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Mitchell Sogin

    Funds from this grant provide two years of operational and research support to the Deep Life Community of the Deep Carbon Observatory. Led by US microbiologist Mitch Sogin and German biogeochemist Kai Hinrichs, the Deep Life Community is a global collaborative network of some 250 researchers working together to enhance our understanding of the nature, distribution, abundance, and limits of the deep biosphere. Funds from this grant will allow the Deep Life Community to conclude its research as the Deep Carbon Observatory approaches its planned conclusion in 2019, as well as begin integrative work to synthesize the community’s findings with the work of the larger DCO community. Grant funds will support the completion of three major sampling studies: one in mainland Oman, one in the Atlantis Massif on the north Atlantic seafloor, and one in the Nankai Trough off the coast of Japan. Other funded research includes the completion of a “Census of Deep Life” that draws on deep life surveys of more than 90 locations worldwide. In addition, the Deep Life community continue laboratory studies of “extreme biophysics” that probe how biological molecules behave at high temperatures and pressures. Finally, the Deep Life Community will contribute several chapters to the technical volume that will summarize the entire body of DCO work and will contribute to the Deep Earth Carbon modeling initiative that provides integrative frameworks for the many faces of the DCO. The modeling has the exciting, maximal aim to predict the distribution of all deep life on Earth in space and time.

    To integrate and synthesize the activities of the Deep Life community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $1,250,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2017

    To lead and synthesize the activities of the Extreme Physics and Chemistry community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Craig Manning

    Funds from this grant provide two years of operational and research support to the Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). The Extreme Physics and Chemistry community is a global network of researchers working together to better our understanding of the physical and chemical properties of carbon in the high temperature, high pressure environments characteristic of the deep Earth. Led by geophysicist Wendy Mao of Stanford and geologist Craig Manning of UCLA, the community is concerned with the 90% of Earth’s carbon that resides in the interior as solids, magmas and melts, and low density fluids. It addresses the transformations that occur both as carbon rises from the core to the mantle to the crust and also as surface carbon is subducted beneath the crust and subjected to extraordinary temperatures and pressures. Grant funds will support research and administrative costs of the Extreme Chemistry community as it moves towards the planned conclusion of the DCO in 2019, with the majority of funds supporting a network of postdoctoral research associates at 20 participating institutions. Other funds support workshops, “hackathons,” and computational simulation and modeling work associated with integrating insights from the community with discoveries by the larger DCO community.

    To lead and synthesize the activities of the Extreme Physics and Chemistry community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: University College London
    amount: $70,000
    city: London, United Kingdom
    year: 2017

    To conduct a workshop and publish a special journal issue on catastrophic perturbations to Earth’s deep carbon

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Adrian Jones

    To conduct a workshop and publish a special journal issue on catastrophic perturbations to Earth’s deep carbon

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $45,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2017

    To support the inaugural Gordon Research Conference on deep carbon science as a legacy of the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Craig Manning

    To support the inaugural Gordon Research Conference on deep carbon science as a legacy of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $1,250,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2017

    To complete and synthesize the work of the Deep Energy community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Edward Young

    The grant provides two years of support to Deep Energy (DE) community of the Deep Carbon Observatory. Representing 176 researchers in 32 nations, the group is about half from the United States and half from the rest of the world, the Deep Energy Community is the branch of the DCO that examines the abundance, distribution, and origins of deep Earth abiotic hydrocarbons and the reactions between energy and rock that produce energy. Grant funds will provide research support to the community as it completes a set of eight initiatives on reduced carbon formation, the fate of reduced carbon, confined hydrogen behavior, isotopic bond ordering of methane, ocean floor serpentinization, Precambrian cratons, analysis of sediment cores taken from a drilling site in Oman, and monitoring of subsurface microbial activity rates. The last project, joint with the Deep Carbon Observatory’s Deep Life community, aims to determine how rapidly changes in subsurface metabolic activity occur in response to seismic events. (In plain words, earthquakes might cause deep microbial blooms.) Along with completing these studies, the DE community would carry out a range of activities to synthesize and integrate the component activities, including through the DCO’s collective effort to create a system of models of deep Earth carbon.

    To complete and synthesize the work of the Deep Energy community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    amount: $1,250,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To synthesize the work of the Reservoirs and Fluxes Community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Erik Hauri

    This grant continues support for two years for research conducted by the Reservoirs and Fluxes community of the Deep Carbon Observatory. Led by Marie Edmonds of Cambridge University and Erik Hauri of the Carnegie Institution for Science and comprising some 120 core members across the globe, the Reservoirs and Fluxes community is engaged in a coordinated research program to advance our understanding of the volume, distribution, and movement of Earth’s carbon. Major research goals include improving our knowledge of the global budget of fluxes of gases from volcanoes; learning about carbon in the mantle and its changes through time by studying the diamonds and their inclusions that were formed very deep; improving estimates of the global circulation of carbon in Earth’s interior and fluid dynamics of carbon; and improving knowledge of the chemical forms, mineral hosts, and reactions of carbon moving between reservoirs. The third and fourth activities are key for the DCO’s program-wide initiative to build a system of models simulating the origins and movements of deep carbon through Earth’s history, the paramount synthetic effort of the DCO, which could also be its greatest scientific legacy. The majority of grant funds provide partial support for each of about ten post-docs at six different institutions.

    To synthesize the work of the Reservoirs and Fluxes Community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: St. Edmunds College, University of Cambridge
    amount: $55,000
    city: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    year: 2016

    To write the first history of deep carbon science, a book titled “Carbon from Crust to Core”

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Simon Mitton

    To write the first history of deep carbon science, a book titled “Carbon from Crust to Core”

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  • grantee: Universita di Roma La Sapienza
    amount: $102,753
    city: Roma, Italy
    year: 2016

    To conduct the third workshop of early career scientists of the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Vincenzo Stagno

    To conduct the third workshop of early career scientists of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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