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 University
    amount: $99,613
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To examine the microbial profiles of Amerindian homes in isolated settings with and without mestizo influence

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Maria Dominguez-Bello

    To examine the microbial profiles of Amerindian homes in isolated settings with and without mestizo influence

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  • grantee: The University of Chicago
    amount: $80,000
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2015

    To organize a workshop of early career researchers studying the microbiology of the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jack Gilbert

    To organize a workshop of early career researchers studying the microbiology of the built environment

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  • grantee: University of California, Davis
    amount: $997,485
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2015

    To provide renewed support for the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network

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

    Funds from this three-year grant support efforts by Jonathan Eisen at the University of California, Davis to provide key intellectual infrastructure support and services to the growing multidisciplinary community of researchers working in indoor microbial ecology. Through the Microbiology of the Built Environment network (microBE.net) Eisen organizes meetings and workshops, provides a hub for resource and information sharing, disseminates results and funding opportunities, aids in the dissemination of data collection and analysis standards and protocols, and helps bridge disciplinary boundaries by connecting researchers in biology, informatics, architecture, and the building sciences. Over the next three years, Eisen will continue the work of microBE.net, providing additional resources to the MoBE community in six thematic areas:  antimicrobials in the BE; nonhumans in the BE; extreme BEs; BE water systems; technical needs for the MoBE field; and general MoBE interests. Activities targeting each theme will include web development, meeting and workshop organization, social media, pilot research projects, creation and curation of open textbooks, development of a community-driven genome sequencing program, writing of scholarly articles on research and tool development, and continued development of the microBEnet blog with further recruitment of MoBE scholars to contribute to the development of modules for MoBE educational activities (e.g., college courses).

    To provide renewed support for the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network

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  • grantee: University of Oregon
    amount: $1,375,000
    city: Eugene, OR
    year: 2015

    To provide renewed support to the Biology and the Built Environment Center

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

    This grant provides two years of continued support to the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center (BioBE). Led by microbiologist Jessica Green and architect GZ Brown and founded with the assistance of a 2010 Sloan Foundation grant, the BioBE Center aims to develop a predictive science of the built environment microbiome by bringing together a multidisciplinary research team of microbiologists, engineers, architects, and building experts. Over the next two years, Center researchers will launch a number of research projects that attempt to expand our understanding of how ventilation, structure, and daylight influence the composition and function of indoor microbial communities. Specific topics to be studied include how antimicrobial compounds influence the indoor microbiome and how that influence is mediated by building design, how restricting exchange with outside air affects community composition indoors, and whether earlier findings suggesting that design influences the microbial dust communities are generalizable across building types. In addition to supporting the Center’s research, additional grant funds support the Center’s training and outreach activities designed to bring new talent into the field and disseminate research results widely among the scholarly community and public.

    To provide renewed support to the Biology and the Built Environment Center

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  • grantee: Colorado School of Mines
    amount: $12,000
    city: Golden, CO
    year: 2015

    To provide partial support for a symposium to recognize the scientific accomplishments of Sloan MoBE grantee Norman Pace

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

    To provide partial support for a symposium to recognize the scientific accomplishments of Sloan MoBE grantee Norman Pace

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $119,611
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2015

    To develop methods to optimize recovery of RNA from indoor microbiome samples

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Gary Andersen

    To develop methods to optimize recovery of RNA from indoor microbiome samples

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  • grantee: The University of Chicago
    amount: $881,666
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2015

    To develop new knowledge about the metabolism of indoor microbial communities using experimental and modeling approaches

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jack Gilbert

    Recent field investigations of the microbiology of the built environment have demonstrated that the biological composition of indoor air and building surfaces is vastly more complex than previously thought. Very little is known, however, about the fundamental ecology of the microbes that colonize these locations. This grant supports efforts by a research team led by Jack Gilbert, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, to develop new knowledge about the metabolism of indoor microbial communities using experimental and modeling approaches. The team plans to examine how different building surface materials, under variable temperature and humidity conditions, influence microbial growth, evolution, and survival and will develop a mechanistic model that can predict the succession and metabolism of microbial communities on surfaces. Dr. Gilbert and his team will seed tile, laminate, wood, and metal surfaces with defined microbial consortia acquired from human skin, dog fur, and soil, and observe microbial community succession under various temperature and humidity conditions. Their observations will test a number of important hypotheses, including how humidity affects the diversity of metabolically active bacteria and fungi, whether taxonomic diversity of active microbes decreases over time, how air temperature affects cell grow rates, and how the bacteria-to-phage ratio in a given microbial community affects overall community size.   If successful, the project will result in new knowledge about bacterial succession in the built environment and provide a mechanistic model to improve understanding of the metabolic activities of indoor microbes. The team plans to share their findings through publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at meetings and conferences, and through the use of social and traditional media. At least two postdoctoral fellows and two graduate students will be trained.

    To develop new knowledge about the metabolism of indoor microbial communities using experimental and modeling approaches

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  • grantee: University of California, San Diego
    amount: $326,700
    city: La Jolla, CA
    year: 2015

    To develop improved software tools for studying the microbiology of the built environment that integrate sequence data, metabolic data, and building science data

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

    Researchers identify indoor microbes based on sequence data, i.e., analysis of DNA that is isolated from samples taken indoors. Though DNA sequencing has led to the discovery of a vast array of new indoor microbes, important gaps in our knowledge remain. We have an increasingly detailed picture of which microbes thrive indoors, but we don’t know what those microbes are doing. Enter mass spectronomy, an analytical chemistry technique that identifies the types and amounts of chemicals in a sample based on molecular weight. By using mass spectronomy to analyze indoor samples for chemicals produced by microbial metabolism, researchers can peer into the actual workings of indoor microbial communities. This grant funds a project by microbiologist Rob Knight of the University of Colorado and Pieter Dorrestein, professor of pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, to expand the capabilities of two popular software platforms, QIIME and GNPS, to enable each to integrate sequence data, metabolic data, and building science measurements and permit researchers to easily perform DNA analysis and chemical data analysis on the same samples. The expanded systems will allow scholars to examine related microbial and metabolic processes directly in samples from the built environment, and in some cases to reanalyze samples already collected.

    To develop improved software tools for studying the microbiology of the built environment that integrate sequence data, metabolic data, and building science data

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  • grantee: Weill Cornell Medical College
    amount: $119,830
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To support an international consortium of researchers studying the metagenomics of subways and mass transit systems

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Christopher Mason

    To support an international consortium of researchers studying the metagenomics of subways and mass transit systems

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  • grantee: University of Cincinnati
    amount: $110,000
    city: Cincinnati, OH
    year: 2015

    To support scientific exchange with research groups in Finland and neighboring countries

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Tiina Reponen

    To support scientific exchange with research groups in Finland and neighboring countries

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