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 California, Davis
    amount: $101,430
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2018

    To develop a business plan to sustain the activities of the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jonathan Eisen

    To develop a business plan to sustain the activities of the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network

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  • grantee: Cornell University
    amount: $125,000
    city: Ithaca, NY
    year: 2018

    To provide renewed support to examine how disinfectants may promote antibiotic resistance through horizontal gene transfer

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Ilana Brito

    To provide renewed support to examine how disinfectants may promote antibiotic resistance through horizontal gene transfer

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $30,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2017

    To extend comparative data analysis for studies of water damaged homes in NY and CA

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator John Taylor

    To extend comparative data analysis for studies of water damaged homes in NY and CA

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  • grantee: Gordon Research Conferences
    amount: $74,750
    city: West Kingston, RI
    year: 2017

    To provide partial support for the inaugural Microbiology of the Built Environment Gordon Research Conference

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jordan Peccia

    To provide partial support for the inaugural Microbiology of the Built Environment Gordon Research Conference

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  • grantee: University of Oregon
    amount: $1,000,000
    city: Eugene, OR
    year: 2017

    To provide final renewed support for the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Kevin Wymelenberg

    This grant provides research and operating support for the Biology of the Built Environment (BioBE) Center at the University of Oregon. Founded in 2010 with Sloan support, the BioBE Center conductsc research on the indoor microbiome and provides education about the microbiology of built environments. This grant provides continuing support for the Center’s ongoing outreach, research, and training activities and promotes Center efforts to implement a sustainable financing model that integrates their work with industry practice. BioBE’s central research question is: how does the design and operation of the built environment impact the built environment microbiome? The BioBE team has planned a series of experiments organized around three primary architectural decision realms that each have implications for health, energy-efficiency, and microbiome composition and function: (1) design for air (moving air for contaminant removal and thermal tempering), (2) light (illumination for visual tasks and definition of form), and (3) material selection (finish, substrates, and structure). Other funded work under this grant includes plans to expand and strengthen the nascent Health and Energy Industry Consortium, a group of 75 companies, professional firms, academics, and associations, and plans to educate undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in architecture/biology about how design impacts the microbiome of built environments. The Center will also increase interdisciplinary course offerings that create new methodological approaches to education at the architecture-biology interface.  

    To provide final renewed support for the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center

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  • grantee: University of California, San Diego
    amount: $750,000
    city: La Jolla, CA
    year: 2017

    To develop and disseminate techniques for 3D mapping of the microbiology and metabolism of built environments

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Robin Knight

    This grant to professor Rob Knight and Pieter Dorrenstein at the University of California San Diego funds efforts to develop and disseminate techniques for 3D mapping of the microbiology and metabolism of built environments. Knight and Dorrenstein will use commodity scanning and motion capture systems to build 3D models of built environments, track microbial movement through a room, and identify hundreds of swab locations in 3D space automatically. They also plan to upgrade QIITA (https://qiita.ucsd.edu/), the open source microbial study management platform, to include “living data” concepts from the Global Natural products Social Network (GNPS), allowing re-annotation of MoBE datasets and connection of 3D maps with microbes and molecules from thousands of other studies. They will also produce scans of at least eight visually and scientifically compelling built environments. To reach these objectives, the University of California, San Diego, team plans to develop and disseminate improved integrated software tools. They will produce a pipeline and kit for collecting datasets and producing 3D maps, which will then be tested by MoBE community members. They expect to create a set of visually and technically compelling maps of built environmental spaces in 3D, with sequence and metabolite information. They plan to share the information online through websites, blogs, and conference presentations. They plan to train at least 30 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty and/or research staff through two workshops. Knight and Dorrenstein will share their research and findings through peer-reviewed publications. The expected outcome of this proposal is new, high-quality 3D maps of built environments that help future funders and stakeholders better visualize and understand the microbiology of the built environment.

    To develop and disseminate techniques for 3D mapping of the microbiology and metabolism of built environments

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  • grantee: University of California, Davis
    amount: $784,007
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2017

    To provide final renewed support for the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network (microBEnet)

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jonathan Eisen

    This grant provides two years of operational support for the operation and enhancement of microbe.net, a website that provides services to the diverse community of researchers working at the intersection of microbiology and the built environment. Over the next two years, a team led by Jonathan Eisen at the University of California, Davis, plan to sustain the role of microBEnet as a critical hub for the field; develop and disseminate education, training, and outreach materials that will help sustain the MoBE field; build partnerships around key reference data sets in order to attract new methods, investigators, and collaborations in the field; develop synergistic interactions with other MoBE projects; and move microBEnet toward independent, long-term sustainability. The work plan includes further expansion of the network of site contributors and users. Eisen also plans to develop MoBE course materials; collect and post MoBE research protocols, conference reports, and unpublished white papers; support the addition of a MoBE component to existing Citizen Science projects; and encourage community members to curate Wikipedia pages on MoBE topics. In addition, Eisen plans to continue sequencing efforts to leverage reference datasets (genomes, metagenomics, and 16S rRNA surveys) to draw in new people to the field.

    To provide final renewed support for the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network (microBEnet)

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  • grantee: Colorado School of Mines
    amount: $140,000
    city: Golden, CO
    year: 2017

    To examine Biodeterioration and Biocorrosion in Spaceflight Ecosystems: Implications for Material/ Microbiome Interactions on the International Space Station

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator John Spear

    To examine Biodeterioration and Biocorrosion in Spaceflight Ecosystems: Implications for Material/ Microbiome Interactions on the International Space Station

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  • grantee: Arizona State University
    amount: $140,000
    city: Tempe, AZ
    year: 2017

    To develope predictive model systems of polymicrobial biofilm formation and susceptibility to chemical disinfectant:  A longitudinal study with implications for spaceflight systems integrity and health risks

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Cheryl Nickerson

    To develope predictive model systems of polymicrobial biofilm formation and susceptibility to chemical disinfectant:  A longitudinal study with implications for spaceflight systems integrity and health risks

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  • grantee: University of Hawaii
    amount: $120,000
    city: Honolulu, HI
    year: 2017

    To characterize the fungal communities captured by the air filters at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, one of the most remote locations on earth

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Laura Tipton

    To characterize the fungal communities captured by the air filters at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, one of the most remote locations on earth

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