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 Rhode Island
    amount: $749,381
    city: Kingston, RI
    year: 2012

    To build a Deep Carbon Observatory Engagement Team and launch and support a suite of community building, engagement, and communications strategies on behalf of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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

    By the time it culminates in 2020, the Foundation expects that the Deep Carbon Observatory will involve nearly 1,000 researchers from scores of research and educational institutions, across dozens of countries, spanning a tremendous number of scientific disciplines, including geology, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and microbiology. Creating and maintaining a coherent, consistent identity for such a distributed, heterogeneous group and facilitating communications within it is crucial if the DCO is to achieve its goals quickly and efficiently. Funds from this grant support efforts by a team led by Sara Hickox at the University of Rhode Island to manage community-building, communication, education, and outreach activities for the DCO. Informed by experience managing education and outreach for the Census of Marine Life, Hickox and her team will facilitate interaction, knowledge-sharing, and coordination among DCO researchers; communicate common goals, methods, plans, and research agendas; produce educational materials; and coordinate the dissemination of DCO research to media outlets and the public.

    To build a Deep Carbon Observatory Engagement Team and launch and support a suite of community building, engagement, and communications strategies on behalf of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: University of Rhode Island
    amount: $101,876
    city: Kingston, RI
    year: 2012

    For internal infrastructure and actions for implementing engagement and communications strategies on behalf of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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

    For internal infrastructure and actions for implementing engagement and communications strategies on behalf of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: Rockefeller University
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2012

    To support Jesse Ausubel's continued leadership on behalf of the Sloan Foundation of the Deep Carbon Observatory program initiated in 2009

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Jesse Ausubel

    To support Jesse Ausubel's continued leadership on behalf of the Sloan Foundation of the Deep Carbon Observatory program initiated in 2009

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  • grantee: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    amount: $2,250,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2012

    To support the Deep Carbon Observatory International Secretariat

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

    This grant provides two years of core operating support to the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), headquartered at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Funds will support the continued operation and activities of the DCO's governing secretariat and international steering committee, which is responsible for coordinating and synthesizing the individual initiatives pursued by the DCO's four scientific directorates. Though this grant, the Secretariat will pursue a diverse array of important goals, including further development of the organizational infrastructure of the DCO, strengthening the network of collaborating DCO institutions, overseeing the production of a "baseline report" that quantifies the current state of knowledge of deep earth carbon, managing a "launch" of the project aimed at major media and the public, securing matching gifts and other sources of funding for DCO activities, and developing a detailed vision for the final six years of the project.

    To support the Deep Carbon Observatory International Secretariat

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $30,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2012

    To support a planning and proposal development workshop for a drilling project about ophiolite rocks important for the Deep Carbon Observatory

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

    To support a planning and proposal development workshop for a drilling project about ophiolite rocks important for the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2012

    To continue to spur development of instruments needed for the success of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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

    The cooperative, international Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) aims to examine the forms, volumes, and movements of carbon deep in the Earth at an unprecedented scale as well as in unprecedented detail. Success within this decade requires not only new samples, but also new ways of sampling and instruments variously more sensitive, smaller, larger, more robust, and less susceptible to contamination. This grant to the Deep Carbon Observatory headquarters at the Carnegie Institution of Washington provides funds to help develop four pioneering instruments and to conduct three "sandpit" exercises to spur development of several more. "Sandpit" is a term popularized in recent years to describe team?oriented workshops with a specific, collective problem?solving goal and some funds to follow through. The four proposed instruments are the following: a combined instrument for molecular imaging in geochemistry to measure trace amounts of carbon in lower mantle or core mineral phases and transform our estimates of the global carbon budget; a quantum cascade laser-infrared absorption spectrometer for clumped methane isotope thermometry to explore methane formation temperatures; a large-volume diamond anvil cell to explore material properties at very high pressure that have been examined before only in tiny volumes; and an ultrafast laser spectrometer to assess thermodynamic properties, reaction mechanisms, and kinetics of carbon processes at conditions of deep pressure and high temperature. The three sandpit exercises would address high-pressure, high-temperature bioreactors; use of remote sensing (for example, to measure outgassing from volcanoes); and computational resources and software.

    To continue to spur development of instruments needed for the success of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: Ezus Lyon
    amount: $50,000
    city: Villeurbanne, France
    year: 2012

    For partial support of a workshop on serpentinization, a process crucial in understanding Earth's deep carbon cycle

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Isabelle Daniel

    For partial support of a workshop on serpentinization, a process crucial in understanding Earth's deep carbon cycle

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  • grantee: East Carolina University
    amount: $1,499,989
    city: Greenville, NC
    year: 2011

    To develop the Deep Carbon Observatory's Deep Life Directorate

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory
    • Investigator Matthew Schrenk

    Established in June 2009, the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) aims to address two fundamental issues: the origins, abundance, and distribution of hydrocarbons (including so-called fossil fuels) and the origins of life, for which carbon is the key element. The DCO has organized itself into four "directorates", each tasked with executing a different element of the DCO's ambitious research agenda. In October 2010, the Foundation supported the launch of the DCO's first directorate, on deep life. Funds from this two-year grant will provide support for the continuation and expansion of this directorate's research agenda. The overarching theme of the Deep Life Directorate is understanding microbial transformations in rock-hosted deep subsurface habitats. Over the next two years, researchers organized by the directorate plan to survey the extent and diversity of subsurface microbial communities, catalogue microbial activities relative to their environmental context, and identify relationships between deep subsurface microbial processes and carbon fluxes. Several innovative approaches are planned. For example, Deep Life researchers will lower incubation chambers filled with pre-characterized mineral substrates into boreholes and fracture systems and then observe and measure what ensues. In surface labs, researchers will examine cells that tolerate temperatures above 100 degrees centigrade and pressures approaching 20,000 atmospheres.

    To develop the Deep Carbon Observatory's Deep Life Directorate

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  • grantee: University of Rhode Island
    amount: $48,230
    city: Kingston, RI
    year: 2011

    To analyze and recommend public engagement strategy for the Deep Carbon Observatory

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

    To analyze and recommend public engagement strategy for the Deep Carbon Observatory

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  • grantee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    amount: $80,000
    city: Troy, NY
    year: 2011

    To develop the data science and management dimensions of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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

    To develop the data science and management dimensions of the Deep Carbon Observatory

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