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 Colorado, Boulder
    amount: $35,612
    city: Boulder, CO
    year: 2015

    To disseminate key results from the Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Program at Healthy Buildings 2015 America

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Shelly Miller

    To disseminate key results from the Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Program at Healthy Buildings 2015 America

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  • grantee: International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate
    amount: $70,000
    city: Santa Cruz, CA
    year: 2014

    To support the Sloan Symposium at Healthy Buildings 2015 Europe

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Hal Levin

    To support the Sloan Symposium at Healthy Buildings 2015 Europe

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  • grantee: University of California, Davis
    amount: $120,000
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2014

    To examine the role of the built environment as a venue for microbial cross inoculation between infants

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Zachery Lewis

    To examine the role of the built environment as a venue for microbial cross inoculation between infants

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  • grantee: University of Michigan
    amount: $120,000
    city: Ann Arbor, MI
    year: 2014

    To examine the regulation of the microbial community structures in drinking water, from source to tap

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Sarah Haig

    To examine the regulation of the microbial community structures in drinking water, from source to tap

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  • grantee: The Forsyth Institute
    amount: $120,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2014

    To examine the microbiomes of indoor track facilities and the runners who train indoors versus outdoors

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Brian Klein

    To examine the microbiomes of indoor track facilities and the runners who train indoors versus outdoors

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  • grantee: Syracuse University
    amount: $120,000
    city: Syracuse, NY
    year: 2014

    To understand and control biofilms in the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Huan Gu

    To understand and control biofilms in the built environment

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  • grantee: University of Colorado, Boulder
    amount: $446,000
    city: Boulder, CO
    year: 2014

    To provide renewed support to organize and convene two conferences on the Microbiology of the Built Environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Mark Hernandez

    Building a vibrant, multidisciplinary community of researchers working on the microbiology of the built environment requires bringing together a wide range of life scientists (microbiologists, ecologists, mycologists, bioinformaticians, etc.) and building scientists (engineers, architects, aerosol scientists, indoor air quality specialists, etc.)  Funds from this grant support the administrative and organizational costs for two annual meetings of the microbiology of the built environment research community, to be held in 2015 and 2016.  In addition to paper presentations, panels, and plenaries, the conferences will include significant outreach activities targeting younger researchers in an attempt to engage the next generation of researchers in microbial ecology.  Additional grant funds will support a feasibility study to examine ways to make the conference self-sustaining going forward.

    To provide renewed support to organize and convene two conferences on the Microbiology of the Built Environment

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  • grantee: University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $169,929
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2014

    To determine how the microbiome and air quality inside portable classroom buildings are affected by ventilation conditions and building design

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Kerry Kinney

    Nearly one in five Americans spends time in school buildings each school day.  Despite troubling findings that poor indoor air quality can reduce cognitive performance in students, schools are often not well maintained. There are nearly 600,000 portable classrooms, also known as trailers, across the country and, unfortunately, these spaces are plagued with poor ventilation, water intrusion, and high levels of formaldehyde. Funds from this grant support a project by Professor of Engineering Kerry Kinney and colleagues Richard Corsi, Atila Novoselac, and Ying Xu at the University of Texas at Austin to determine how the microbiome and air quality inside portable classroom buildings are affected by ventilation conditions and building design. The proposed project will examine the relationship between the microorganisms and pollutants found inside the actual classroom spaces to those found in the “hidden spaces” (e.g., wall cavities, crawl spaces) within portable classroom buildings, aiming to identify where microbes and other contaminants come from and where they go within the actual classroom and hidden spaces.  The research team will also investigate how positive and negative pressurization from the ventilation systems affects the microbiota and other contaminants in various parts of the portable classroom.

    To determine how the microbiome and air quality inside portable classroom buildings are affected by ventilation conditions and building design

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $500,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2014

    To provide partial support for a consensus study of the microbiology of the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Katherine Bowman

    This grant provides partial support for a consensus study and subsequent report by the National Academy of Sciences on the microbiology of the built environment. An ad hoc committee of approximately 12 to 14 experts representing various disciplinary and sectoral perspectives will oversee this 20?month project that will include staff from the National Research Council (NRC), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  The consensus study will begin with a fact?finding workshop that will bring together key stakeholder communities. The committee will use the information from the workshop as well as from the published literature and other sources to develop their report. They will meet four or five times to gather information and to deliberate about the knowledge gaps identified and the development of a prioritized research plan to address these gaps. The result of the study will be a consensus report that documents the state of knowledge on the microbiome/built environment interface, identifies knowledge gaps, and sets out a list of prioritized areas for future research to address these gaps. The report will be available at no cost as a PDF file on the National Academies’ website. The National Academies plan to disseminate the report’s findings through briefings to the public, sponsors, and professional societies as well as through commentaries, op?ed pieces, and podcasts.

    To provide partial support for a consensus study of the microbiology of the built environment

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  • grantee: University of Tulsa
    amount: $390,000
    city: Tulsa, OK
    year: 2014

    To determine how ventilation and cleaning influence the microbial communities in indoor air and on surfaces

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Richard Shaughnessy

    Funds from this grant provide partial support for a study examining Native American students’ exposure to environmental asthma triggers at home and at school and will examine whether cleaning and ventilation interventions will result in fewer asthma symptoms and a decrease in school absences for the students.  Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the study will conduct microbial sampling of homes and schools in the Cherokee Nation in pursuit of three primary objectives: Determine the impact of building ventilation on the airborne and surface concentrations and community structure of bacteria and fungi; Estimate the impact of cleaning on the microbial profiles present in floor dust samples; Study associations between in?depth microbial measurements based on DNA and the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measurements, for assessing the effectiveness of surface cleaning. ATP measurements are the “gold standard” for evaluating cleaning in schools, health care settings, and food production facilities. Sloan funds will enable project leader Richard J. Shaughnessy of the University of Tulsa to augment his efforts by adding building science measurements and modern microbial measurements to the research protocols.   The study proposes to develop new findings about the impact of ventilation and cleaning on the microbial profiles found in indoor air, surfaces, and floors. The team will share their results through peer?reviewed journal publications, presentations at national and international conferences, and publications in trade journals aimed at the cleaning and ventilation industries.

    To determine how ventilation and cleaning influence the microbial communities in indoor air and on surfaces

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