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: Digital Public Library of America, Inc.
    amount: $1,200,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2012

    To launch Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as an independent, national organization and to support its executive director and two key staff to begin operations and scale up for the first two years

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Daniel Cohen

    This grant provides two years of continued support for the development, launch, and operation of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Scheduled to launch in April 2013, the DPLA aims to create an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that will make the nation's scientific and cultural heritage universally accessible to the public. Funds from this grant support the continued development of the DPLA platform architecture and interface, community-building efforts and technical support to expand and strengthen the growing network of content providers, and administrative funds for the hiring of an executive director and two full time staff members.

    To launch Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as an independent, national organization and to support its executive director and two key staff to begin operations and scale up for the first two years

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  • grantee: American University
    amount: $189,802
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2012

    To support the development of best practices for orphan works that will empower libraries, archives, and other organizations in their digitization efforts

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Peter Jaszi

    Orphan works are those works whose copyright owners are either unknown or un-locatable after a diligent search. They comprise a significant percentage of all copyright works. (For example, about 50 percent of Haathi Trust's 10 million volumes are estimated to be orphan works.) Because libraries and archives are wary of running afoul of copyright restrictions on orphan works, they often avoid digitizing them or making them available online, thus vastly limiting public access to millions of important books and documents. This grant funds a project by American University law professor Peter Jaszi, to develop best practice guidelines for the legal digitization and distribution of orphan works. Funds will support an initial paper explaining the legal obstacles to the dissemination of orphan works, 10 focus group sessions to discuss orphan work issues and policies with relevant stakeholders around the country, a paper outlying best practices, and dissemination activities to publicize those practices to libraries, universities, museums, and other stakeholders.

    To support the development of best practices for orphan works that will empower libraries, archives, and other organizations in their digitization efforts

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  • grantee: Tides Foundation
    amount: $55,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2012

    For a planning grant to identify and expand the availability of content from libraries in developing countries into DPLA

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Rima Kupryte

    For a planning grant to identify and expand the availability of content from libraries in developing countries into DPLA

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  • grantee: Library Foundation of Los Angeles
    amount: $100,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2012

    High leverage support to develop a pilot residency program for newly credentialed librarians into a national model for sustaining public libraries in the digital age

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Kenneth Brecher

    High leverage support to develop a pilot residency program for newly credentialed librarians into a national model for sustaining public libraries in the digital age

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  • grantee: Benbough Operating Foundation
    amount: $20,000
    city: San Diego, CA
    year: 2012

    Support for a branded DPLA reception and a keynote address that will expose the community of digital cultural heritage professionals to the DPLA project at the WebWise conference

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Rich Cherry

    Support for a branded DPLA reception and a keynote address that will expose the community of digital cultural heritage professionals to the DPLA project at the WebWise conference

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $2,498,168
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2011

    For an intense two-year process of workshops, meetings, plenaries, research, pilot digitization, prototype development, and community building that will result in the launch of the Digital Public Library of America

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator John Palfrey

    This grant to John Palfrey and Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Berkman Center) provides funding for an intense process of meetings, workshops, plenaries, research, pilot digitization, technical prototype development, and community building that will lead to the launch of a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Over the next two years, Palfrey and his team will coordinate at least 22 workshops divided among six major interrelated workstreams covering various aspects of the DPLA: content and scope, audience participation, technical architecture, finance/business models, legal issues, and governance. Each workstream will arrive at a plan of action for ensuring the best outcome for an integrated national digital library system that provides seamless access to digital resources.

    For an intense two-year process of workshops, meetings, plenaries, research, pilot digitization, prototype development, and community building that will result in the launch of the Digital Public Library of America

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  • grantee: Library Foundation of Los Angeles
    amount: $36,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2011

    For partial support for three-day conference on the role of U.S. public libraries in the age of digitization and in the creation of a digital public library

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Martin G—Émez

    For partial support for three-day conference on the role of U.S. public libraries in the age of digitization and in the creation of a digital public library

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  • grantee: American University
    amount: $26,350
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2011

    To hold a workshop on what libraries can do today to take advantage of digitization and best serve the scholarly community under existing law

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Peter Jaszi

    To hold a workshop on what libraries can do today to take advantage of digitization and best serve the scholarly community under existing law

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $836,849
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2011

    To develop solutions to copyright law obstacles facing public digital library initiatives and coordinate them with the Digital Public Library of America effort

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Pamela Samuelson

    Funds from this grant support a project by Professor Pamela Samuelson of the University of California, Berkeley Law School to develop practical solutions to the obstacles copyright law places in the way of the implementation of digital library initiatives. Samuelson and her research team will address several thorny issues, including orphan works, private ordering, collective licensing, digital lending, and metadata ownership, in an effort to develop fair and practical procedures for the successful implementation of library initiatives that seek to realize the full potential of digital libraries. Over two years, funds from this grant will support several white papers, workshops and conferences, and the crafting of model legislation. The work of Samuelson's team will also help inform the continued development of the Foundation-supported Digital Public Library of America.

    To develop solutions to copyright law obstacles facing public digital library initiatives and coordinate them with the Digital Public Library of America effort

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  • grantee: Wikimedia Foundation
    amount: $3,000,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2011

    To help Wikipedia develop and sustain its educational mission while constantly improving quality, diversity, and access to knowledge for people everywhere

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Erik Moller

    Funds from this grant provide continued support to the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns and operates Wikipedia, in its efforts to professionalize and sustain itself organizationally while improving the quality of Wikipedia articles. Wikimedia's ambitious goals in the next five years are to increase the number of people served to one billion; to increase the number of articles to 50 million; to review 25% of all articles to insure accurate, quality information; to double the number of editors to 200,000; and to double the number of women editors and contributors from the developing world. Funds will support efforts to improve article quality by partnering with professors and universities and encouraging students to create or improve articles in their area of expertise. Also supported through this grant is a Wikimedia project to convert its most talented volunteers into paid fellows through a fellowship program focused on research, existing program work, and new high impact work. Wikimedia is also undertaking an aggressive, high profile campaign to attract more women contributors. Finally, Wikipedia will use some of the Foundation's support to develop its relationship with the cultural sector by working with its 30 worldwide chapters to foster partnerships with galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and educational institutions.

    To help Wikipedia develop and sustain its educational mission while constantly improving quality, diversity, and access to knowledge for people everywhere

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