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: New York Public Library
    amount: $60,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    To support a summer teachers fellowship program at the New York Public Library to define best practices for how NYPL resources and other digital collections could be used and to share that information with the DPLA for the benefit of broader audiences

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Universal Access to Knowledge
    • Investigator Maggie Jacobs

    To support a summer teachers fellowship program at the New York Public Library to define best practices for how NYPL resources and other digital collections could be used and to share that information with the DPLA for the benefit of broader audiences

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $384,565
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2013

    For a third year of funding to continue to develop solutions to copyright law obstacles faced by digital library initiatives such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

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

    Funds from this grant provide one year of continued support to efforts by a team led by Pamela Samuelson at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law to examine the legal obstacles posed by copyright law to digital library initiatives and the digital storage and dissemination of in-copyright works. The Berkeley team will examine a diverse range of issues, including orphan works, library and archive copyright exceptions, private ordering solutions, collective licensing for certain copyrighted works, digital lending of in-copyright works, and metadata ownership and use issues. Samuelson’s team will also provide advice and counsel to the Digital Public Library of America on legal issues related its mission and will serve as a locus for informed legal discussion of copyright issues in the digital age.

    For a third year of funding to continue to develop solutions to copyright law obstacles faced by digital library initiatives such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

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  • 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 Gуmez

    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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