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: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    amount: $75,000
    city: Piscataway, NJ
    year: 2014

    To organize and conduct the second international workshop of early career scientists involved in the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Donato Giovannelli

    To organize and conduct the second international workshop of early career scientists involved in the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: Smithsonian Institution
    amount: $599,862
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2014

    To advance jointly the modeling and visualization of deep carbon

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Elizabeth Cottrell

    Funds from this grant support efforts to integrate the various diverse research projects and initiatives of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) through the development of new numerical models and visualizations.  Geologist Elizabeth Cottrell of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History will lead a multidisciplinary team of researchers, technologists, and representatives from each of the DCO’s four scientific directorates to spearhead the collaborative development of new models and visualizations that incorporate the data collected and theoretical insights developed by DCO researchers in the field.  Contrell and her team will convene a workshop of DCO stakeholders to set modeling and visualization priorities, create an introductory visualization of the history of terrestrial vulcanism, and oversee the distribution of a small number of seed grants to stimulate modeling work on projects identified as high priority.  The project promises several benefits, including forcing consistency upon diverse DCO research efforts, revealing gaps in measurement and functional understanding within the DCO community, and spurring new insights and projections. 

    To advance jointly the modeling and visualization of deep carbon

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  • grantee: University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $75,000
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2014

    To advance use of existing scientific collections for Deep Carbon Observatory projects and curation of samples

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Beverly DeJarnett

    To advance use of existing scientific collections for Deep Carbon Observatory projects and curation of samples

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  • grantee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    amount: $750,000
    city: Troy, NY
    year: 2014

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

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

    This grant provides continued support to a team led by Peter Fox at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to provide computational and data management services to the Deep Carbon Observatory.  Grant funds support the continued operation and development of deepcarbon.net, which is used to manage the project as a whole, coordinate member activities, and disseminate results both within the DCO and with the wider public.  In addition, the RPI team maintains a state-of-the-art computing cluster used to store and analyze data collected by DCO scientists and to run complicated and data-rich model simulations.  Grant funds provide continued support for these activities as well as additional work designed to lay the groundwork for a “deep carbon virtual observatory” that would exist as a continuing legacy after the DCO has completed its decadal research goals. 

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

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  • grantee: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    amount: $2,250,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2014

    To continue supporting the Deep Carbon Observatory international secretariat

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

    Funds from this grant provide two years of continued support to the international secretariat of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) as it pursues its 10-year mission to transform our understanding of the sources, forms, and properties of deep Earth carbon and its relation to hydrocarbons and the origins of life.  As the governing body of the DCO, the international secretariat coordinates and oversees the activities of the DCO’s four scientific communities, keeps the larger project on track, sets priorities and standards, helps allocate resources, and aids in project fund raising.  Grant funds provide general support for these activities for the next two years.

    To continue supporting the Deep Carbon Observatory international secretariat

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  • grantee: University of Rhode Island
    amount: $750,000
    city: Kingston, RI
    year: 2014

    To continue building the Deep Carbon Observatory as a model program in its internal community networking and external engagement

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Sara Hickox

    To continue building the Deep Carbon Observatory as a model program in its internal community networking and external engagement

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $650,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To support seven field studies integral to the success of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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

    This grant to the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) supports seven field studies, including the extraction and analysis of deep Earth drilling cores, at seven sites around the globe. Sample types and locations include: Hydrocarbons and microbes from fluids, Canadian Shield (Ontario, Canada); Surface-collected, carbon-bearing sediments and carbonate reefs, North Pole Dome (Western Australia); Hydrocarbons and deep microbes recovered from drilling, Songliao Basin (Northeastern China); High-pressure metamorphic rocks, graphite, and carbonates, Alpine Corsica (France); Possibly abiotic hydrocarbons recovered from drilling, Romashkino oil field (Tatarstan, Russia); (Sub)seafloor methane hydrates (clathrates), water-column methane, Eastern Siberian Arctic Ocean Seafloor; Altered ocean crust and mantle, Samail ophiolite (Oman). Sites were selected through a year-long collaborative process involving the entire DCO community.  Together with cores already in repositories, new samples from these sites will complement the two dozen other locations where researchers are already working (such as volcanoes) in a way that DCO leaders believe will allow the program to achieve its decadal goals. 

    To support seven field studies integral to the success of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: Smithsonian Institution
    amount: $30,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To research and prepare a report about the supply and demand for videos, films, books and other media about deep carbon

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Barbara Rehm

    To research and prepare a report about the supply and demand for videos, films, books and other media about deep carbon

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  • grantee: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    amount: $400,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To initiate integrative and synthetic research needed for the Deep Carbon Observatory to realize its full potential by 2019

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

    Launched in July 2009, the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is approximate 40 percent into its planned decadal span of research. Much of the original vision of the DCO came from geologist Robert Hazen. Hazen and his colleagues have effectively set in motion many streams of observation and analysis. The unusual scope of the DCO—from diamonds to life—presents great challenges for integration and synthesis. This grant provides three years of support for the hiring of one full-time postdoctoral researcher and one graduate student to assist DCO Executive Director Hazen as he initiates this process of synthesis and integration.

    To initiate integrative and synthetic research needed for the Deep Carbon Observatory to realize its full potential by 2019

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  • grantee: Marine Biological Laboratory
    amount: $1,250,000
    city: Woods Hole, MA
    year: 2013

    To advance the Deep Carbon Observatory toward its decadal goals in the study of the abundance and diversity of deep life and its roles and interactions with the deep carbon cycle

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

    This grant provides two years of continued administrative and research support to the Deep Life Community of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO).  One of four scientific communities within the DCO, the Deep Life community is a multi-national consortium of scientists working to revolutionize our understanding of the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of deep life.  Subsurface microbial ecosystems may extend to 20,000 feet beneath the seafloor and continental surface, and studies of these deep, dark biological reservoirs suggest their total carbon content may rival all surface life.  Instead of tapping into solar power, deep microbial communities harvest energy from fuels such as methane and hydrogen sulfide or buried detrital matter to drive synthesis of macromolecules and reproduce.  Led by microbial biologist Mitch Sogin of the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Deep Life Community will use grant funds to extend molecular studies to a greater number of samples from high-value marine and continental sites and describe the diversity, distribution, and functional adaptations of deep life.  Experiments will explore life’s interplay with geological processes in the deep subsurface, including studies of microbial activities and distributions in hydrogen-­rich habitats which favor abiogenic synthesis of methane and higher hydrocarbons.  In addition, deep life researchers will explore the limits of deep life using improved life detection capabilities and develop and apply tracer approaches to track the flow of carbon into biomolecules and cells.

    To advance the Deep Carbon Observatory toward its decadal goals in the study of the abundance and diversity of deep life and its roles and interactions with the deep carbon cycle

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