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: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $312,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2018

    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

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

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $104,166
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2018

    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

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

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  • grantee: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    amount: $468,750
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2018

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

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Steve Shirey

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

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  • grantee: University of Arizona
    amount: $125,000
    city: Tucson, AZ
    year: 2018

    To integrate and synthesize knowledge of evolution of carbon minerals

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Robert Downs

    To integrate and synthesize knowledge of evolution of carbon minerals

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  • grantee: University of Sydney
    amount: $80,000
    city: Sydney, Australia
    year: 2018

    To strengthen the deep carbon science community of Australia and to build further the tectonic (“GPlates”) modeling platform for the deep carbon cycle

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

    To strengthen the deep carbon science community of Australia and to build further the tectonic (“GPlates”) modeling platform for the deep carbon cycle

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  • grantee: University of Cambridge
    amount: $214,973
    city: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    year: 2018

    To innovate observations of volcanic emissions with unmanned aerial systems

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Emma Liu

    A vexing problem in studies of volcanism, and outgassing more generally, is that there is much that satellites cannot see, but it is terribly dangerous to get close enough to measure emissions of interest when things are most active—and usually very hot. Drones could vastly improve the completeness of monitoring of outgassing, affordably. DECADE, the Deep Earth Carbon Degassing project, is a collaboration within the Deep Carbon Observatory that uses new and established technologies to determine accurate global fluxes of volcanic CO2 to the atmosphere. So far DECADE has installed CO2 monitoring networks on 20 of the world’s 150 most actively degassing volcanoes. Funds from this grant support efforts by Emma Nicholson Liu to pioneer integration of drones into volcanic monitoring by experimenting with their use in monitoring a pair of previously uncharacterized emission sources in Papua, New Guinea. In addition to drone development, deployment, and analysis of data, the team plans two short movies for general audiences.  

    To innovate observations of volcanic emissions with unmanned aerial systems

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  • grantee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    amount: $468,737
    city: Troy, NY
    year: 2018

    To continue to lead the data science and management dimensions of the Deep Carbon Observatory and contribute to program synthesis

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Peter Fox

    Peter Fox leads a team at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) that both conducts original deep carbon research and provides data management services to the scientists working in the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). Funds from this grant will allow Fox and his crew to continue to lead these data science efforts for the final 15 months of the DCO. To date, RPI researchers and tools have made possible breakthroughs by the DCO in, for example, understanding the “social life of minerals,” that is, co-occurrence of minerals, especially carbon-based ones. And RPI efforts have led to fast adoption by DCO researchers of the Jupyter notebook, the popular, web-based interactive computational platform. Going forward, grant funds will support RPI efforts to stimulate and visualize DCO discoveries, and to assure that data, models, publications, and other information are archived and accessible.

    To continue to lead the data science and management dimensions of the Deep Carbon Observatory and contribute to program synthesis

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  • grantee: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    amount: $1,648,920
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2018

    To support the Secretariat of the Deep Carbon Observatory to bring the program to effective closure and assure its legacies

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Robert Hazen

    This grant provides operational and administrative support to the governing secretariat of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), headquartered at the Carnegie Institution for Science, which is charged with coordinating and synthesizing the work of DCO’s researchers, who number more than 1,300 and are spread across some 40 countries worldwide. Grant funds will offset operational costs of the international steering committee; provide support for the secretariat chairs, geoscientists Robert Hazen and Craig Manning; facilitate the DCO’s grand finale in Washington, D.C. in October 2019; and support several activities aimed at securing the legacies of the DCO at the conclusion of Foundation funding.

    To support the Secretariat of the Deep Carbon Observatory to bring the program to effective closure and assure its legacies

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  • grantee: University of Cambridge
    amount: $149,130
    city: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    year: 2018

    To provide strategic vision and leadership of the Deep Carbon Observatory Synthesis Group for the 2019 program finale

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Marie Edmonds

    Funds from this grant provide 21 months of support for the continued operation of the Deep Carbon Observatory’s Synthesis Group 2019 (SG 2019). Led by University of Cambridge geologist Marie Edmonds, SG 2019 is tasked with overseeing and managing the synthesis of the intellectual output of the DCO, bringing together into a coherent whole the diverse observations, insights, models, and datasets generated over the past 10 years by hundreds of DCO scientists across the globe. Funded activities include the writing of a decadal report summarizing the DCO’s scientific and technical accomplishments; the planning and execution of several culminating events in 2019; the production of infographics, videos, and educational materials based on DCO insights; and the production of several synthesis papers for publication in high-value journals like Nature and American Mineralogist. Grant funds will provide administrative and travel support to Edmonds, allowing her to work closely and effectively with DCO leadership in the United States and around the world.

    To provide strategic vision and leadership of the Deep Carbon Observatory Synthesis Group for the 2019 program finale

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  • grantee: University of Rhode Island
    amount: $899,795
    city: Kingston, RI
    year: 2018

    To support Engagement: The Deep Carbon Observatory’s Road to 2019

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Robert Pockalny

    The core work of the Deep Carbon Observatory’s engagement team, headquartered at the University of Rhode Island (URI), consists of community building and management. The team writes the DCO’s newsletter, maintains a contact database of DCO-affiliated scientists, produces the DCO bibliography, handles educational and outreach partnerships with entities such as National Geographic and the Smithsonian, updates articles about the DCO and deep carbon science in Wikipedia, and conducts all media relations. As the DCO moves toward its planned conclusion in 2019, the engagement team will have additional responsibilities associated with the synthesis of DCO research and the effective communication of its import to the wider scientific community and the public. This grant continues operational support for the DCO’s engagement team for 21 months.

    To support Engagement: The Deep Carbon Observatory’s Road to 2019

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