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: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    amount: $1,250,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    To continue to lead the reservoirs and fluxes community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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

    Funds from this grant provide two years of continued support to the Reservoirs and Fluxes community of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). Questions about quantities and movements of deep carbon are fundamental to the DCO. How much carbon do the core, mantle, and deeper crust contain? Where is it? What mechanisms move carbon within and across Earth’s layers, and what are the rates of these movements? Deep carbon’s movements are also consequential for humanity, as when deep carbon erupts to the surface through volcanoes, or seeps out of the seafloor as hydrocarbons, or belches out when tectonic plates slip across one another, contributing to tsunamis. Now numbering more than 110 members, the Reservoirs and Fluxes community has matured into a set of networks addressing these and other questions, including mysteries of carbon’s most precious form, diamonds. Over the next two years, this international scientific network will focus on making important discoveries across five areas: the degassing of deep carbon through volcanoes; the degassing of deep carbon through tectonic and other diffuse processes; the origin, age, and depth of diamonds and the mineral inclusions within them; the fluid dynamics of carbon transport in volcanoes, and the global circulation of carbon between Earth’s surface and core; and the chemical forms, mineral hosts, and reactions of carbons moving between reservoirs. Supported activities include the establishment of the first global network for direct measurement of Cox flux, production of a database on eruptions and volcanic gases, the construction of an international reference collection of diamonds for research, and the development of new geodynamic models of deep carbon circulation.

    To continue to lead the reservoirs and fluxes community of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: American Geosciences Institute
    amount: $101,375
    city: Alexandria, VA
    year: 2014

    To increase participation of underrepresented minority geoscientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Heather Houlton

    To increase participation of underrepresented minority geoscientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $78,172
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2014

    To conduct a workshop on one of the decadal questions of the Deep Carbon Observatory, “Is the net flux of carbon into or out of Earth?”

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

    To conduct a workshop on one of the decadal questions of the Deep Carbon Observatory, “Is the net flux of carbon into or out of Earth?”

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  • 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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