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, Berkeley
    amount: $748,629
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2016

    To expand understanding of the microbial ecology of the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Thomas Bruns

    This grant supports two additional years of research by a team at the Berkeley Indoor Microbial Research Consortium, which aims to expand our understanding of the microbial ecology of the built environment as mediated by interactions among organisms, particulate matter, and volatile and nonvolatile chemicals. Under the direction of principal investigator (PI) Thomas Bruns, professor of plant and microbial ecology at the University of California, Berkeley, the proposed work plan is organized around four objectives: Build an integrated understanding of the role of occupancy and occupant behaviors on bioaerosols and microbially derived chemical emissions in residential environments. The biological measurements will be made in collaboration with the Berkeley Chemistry of Indoor Environments (CIE) team (see Berkeley CIE proposal) as part of the intensive field campaign taking place in one-to-two residences. Characterize the chemistry of biological interactions among microorganisms on residential indoor surfaces, incorporating both mVOC measurements and the study of nonvolatile chemical compounds, as measured through nanospray desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (NanoDESI MS). Determine the metabolic state and activity of indoor microbes. Develop improved methods for sampling and assaying microbial communities in built environments. Research findings will be shared through peer-reviewed publications, presentations at conferences and meetings, and through blogs on microBE.net. At least three postdoctoral fellows will be trained in the course of the project.

    To expand understanding of the microbial ecology of the built environment

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  • grantee: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    amount: $250,000
    city: Blacksburg, VA
    year: 2016

    To examine how warm ambient water temperatures and recycled water influence the building plumbing microbiome

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Amy Pruden

    Drinking water regulations focus on the quality of the water coming out of the water treatment plant, but water can pick up bacteria and other microbes as it travels from the plant to the faucet.  Since 2012, the Foundation has supported researchers at Virginia Tech to characterize the plumbing microbiome and how it affects the microbial profile of household water. This two-year grant continues Foundation support for this work.  Professors Amy Pruden and Marc Edwards at Virginia Tech have designed a series of experiments to explore how warm (30°C) ambient water temperatures and use of recycled water influence the building plumbing microbiome. Over the next two years, they will use complementary batch and continuous flow experiments to study how water temperature affects abundance and diversity among bacteria and amoebae in household water and whether recycled water’s distinct chemistry (relative to potable water) causes greater proliferation of bacteria and free-living amoebae in bulk water and biofilms. The Virginia Tech team will share their findings through peer-reviewed papers and presentations at national and international conferences and through blog posts and other social media. The sequence data will be deposited in public databases. At least one student and two postdoctoral fellows will be trained under the grant.

    To examine how warm ambient water temperatures and recycled water influence the building plumbing microbiome

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $750,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2016

    To provide renewed support to examine the microbiology of the neonatal intensive care unit environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jillian Banfield

    With Foundation support, a team led by Jillian Banfield at the University of California, Berkeley has been investigating how preterm infants, taken from their mothers at birth and placed in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), nonetheless acquire the microbes that will become their human microbiome. Initial findings suggest microbes from the “sterile” NICU itself colonize the infants. This grant supports the continuation of Banfield’s work for an additional three years. Banfield hypothesizes that certain forms of microbial life can survive in NICU environments for months or years, travel from room to room by riding on nurses’ clothing, and eventually become incorporated into infant gut, oral, or skin microbiomes. To test these hypotheses, Banfield and her team will track three rooms and their occupants in the NICU of the Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA over two years. Using advanced metagenomic techniques, the team will identify persistent, room‐adapted strains of microbes living in the NICU, identify which of these strains successfully colonize infant patients, and quantify the transfer of microbes via bioaerosols and travel vectors such as nurses’ uniforms. The team will share their findings through journal publications, presentations at national and international conferences, and through blogs on microBE.net.

    To provide renewed support to examine the microbiology of the neonatal intensive care unit environment

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  • grantee: University of Maryland, Baltimore
    amount: $20,000
    city: Baltimore, MD
    year: 2016

    To conduct planning activities for the MoBE 2017 meeting

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Lynn Schriml

    To conduct planning activities for the MoBE 2017 meeting

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  • grantee: Emory University
    amount: $124,617
    city: Atlanta, GA
    year: 2016

    To support a national workshop on the microbiology of legionella in the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Ruth Berkelman

    To support a national workshop on the microbiology of legionella in the built environment

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  • grantee: Cornell University
    amount: $125,000
    city: Ithaca, NY
    year: 2016

    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 examine how disinfectants may promote antibiotic resistance through horizontal gene transfer

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $120,000
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2015

    To characterize the microbial contribution to the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in real residential environments through temporally and spatially resolved VOC measurements

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Allen Goldstein

    To characterize the microbial contribution to the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in real residential environments through temporally and spatially resolved VOC measurements

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  • grantee: University of Colorado, Boulder
    amount: $120,000
    city: Boulder, CO
    year: 2015

    To elucidate beneficial pathways of Mycobacteriome Exposures in our Built Environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Odessa Gomez

    To elucidate beneficial pathways of Mycobacteriome Exposures in our Built Environment

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  • grantee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    amount: $120,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2015

    To develop genomic assays targeted at the human?associated microbiome that can be used to monitor biological safety, enabling potable reuse of wastewater

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Fangqiong Ling

    To develop genomic assays targeted at the human?associated microbiome that can be used to monitor biological safety, enabling potable reuse of wastewater

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  • grantee: Mycological Society of America
    amount: $28,500
    city: Lawrence, KS
    year: 2015

    To highlight ongoing studies of fungi in the built environment and increase understanding of fundamental processes that influence fungal communities at the 2016 annual Mycological Society of America meeting

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Rachel Adams

    To highlight ongoing studies of fungi in the built environment and increase understanding of fundamental processes that influence fungal communities at the 2016 annual Mycological Society of America meeting

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