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: $307,443
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2014

    To examine the seasonal nature of the built environment microbiota in wine- and cheese-making facilities

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator David Mills

    Funds from this grant support efforts by David A. Mills, Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair in the Department of Food Science, to examine the seasonal nature of the built environment microbiota in two types of food and beverage fermentation settings: dairies and wineries. The study aims to determine what microbial communities reside in these facilities during normal operation during all four seasons of the year; examine how these microbial communities migrate throughout the facilities; and make a series of building science measurements to evaluate how the built environment impacts these microbial communities. In the wine study, Mills and his team will examine how regional microbiota on Chardonnay grapes from four different regions--Napa, Sonoma, Central Coast, and Northern San Joaquin Valley--influences winery-associated microbiota and how room traffic, occupancy, air flows, and room surfaces affect microbial composition. In the dairy study, the team will examine how three different types of milk--goat, cheese, and cow--drive the dairy-associated microbiota at three artisanal cheese-making facilities. In both studies, the team will examine seasonal changes to indoor microbiota and their correlations with environmental parameters. The project will train at least one postdoctoral fellow and two undergraduates.  Findings will be shared with the scientific community through peer-reviewed publications and talks at scientific meetings and disseminated to the wine and dairy industry through trade publications.

    To examine the seasonal nature of the built environment microbiota in wine- and cheese-making facilities

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  • grantee: Illinois Institute of Technology
    amount: $25,447
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2014

    To support a May 2014 workshop: Building Science to Advance Research in the Microbiology of the Built Environment Program

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Brent Stephens

    To support a May 2014 workshop: Building Science to Advance Research in the Microbiology of the Built Environment Program

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  • grantee: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    amount: $16,284
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2014

    To provide supplemental support for a one-day symposium on Microbiology of the Built Environment that was postponed due to the October 2013 federal government shutdown

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

    To provide supplemental support for a one-day symposium on Microbiology of the Built Environment that was postponed due to the October 2013 federal government shutdown

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  • grantee: University of Maryland, Baltimore
    amount: $44,942
    city: Baltimore, MD
    year: 2014

    To foster metadata collection and analysis across the Microbiology of the Built Environment program

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

    To foster metadata collection and analysis across the Microbiology of the Built Environment program

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  • grantee: University of Colorado, Boulder
    amount: $120,000
    city: Boulder, CO
    year: 2013

    To investigate household arthropods as unique sources of microbes in the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Anne Madden

    To investigate household arthropods as unique sources of microbes in the built environment

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  • grantee: North Carolina State University
    amount: $124,821
    city: Raleigh, NC
    year: 2013

    To incorporate building science measures into an existing HUD-funded project on the interactions between insect infestations and microbial communities in homes

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Coby Schal

    To incorporate building science measures into an existing HUD-funded project on the interactions between insect infestations and microbial communities in homes

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  • grantee: Illinois Institute of Technology
    amount: $120,000
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2013

    To study indoor bioaerosol fate, transport and control: Implications for infectious disease transmission

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Stephanie Kunkel

    To study indoor bioaerosol fate, transport and control: Implications for infectious disease transmission

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  • grantee: Yale University
    amount: $120,000
    city: New Haven, CT
    year: 2013

    To evaluate microbial activity in house dust and interactions with phthalate esters (PEs)

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Karen Dannemiller

    To evaluate microbial activity in house dust and interactions with phthalate esters (PEs)

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  • grantee: Illinois Institute of Technology
    amount: $163,340
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2013

    To develop and document open source sensors for characterizing the built environment

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Brent Stephens

    Funds from this grant support the work of Brent Stephens at the Illinois Institute of Technology to develop and document an open network of inexpensive, standardized, and synchronized measurement devices for recording long-term indoor environmental and building operational parameters. Stephens will focus on the parameters that are most likely to influence indoor microbial communities, including environmental conditions (air temperature, relative humidity, light), characteristics of the building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (air flow rates, air exchange rates), human occupancy, and surface environmental conditions (surface temperature and water activity).In addition to developing and testing the sensors themselves, Stephens will make public the documentation and directions for how to build and deploy the sensors. He will also prepare several peer-reviewed publications for the microbial ecology, building science, and sensor development communities.

    To develop and document open source sensors for characterizing the built environment

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  • grantee: University of California, Davis
    amount: $998,796
    city: Davis, CA
    year: 2013

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

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

    This grant provides two years of continued support to microbiologist Jonathan Eisen at the University of California, Davis for the continued operation and development of the Microbiology of the Built Environment network (microBE.net), a research network and associated website that aims to encourage collaboration, resource sharing, and information exchange in the growing multidisciplinary community of researchers working on understanding the built environment microbiome. Funded activities include the continued operation of the network website, the curation and creation of tools and other resources for researchers, the coordination of several meetings and workshops, and outreach to relevant stakeholders, including researchers, regulators, government funding agencies, and the public.

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

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