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: $30,000
    city: Boulder, CO
    year: 2013

    To examine the role of flood damage and recovery to house-associated microbial communities

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Noah Fierer

    To examine the role of flood damage and recovery to house-associated microbial communities

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  • grantee: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    amount: $120,000
    city: Blacksburg, VA
    year: 2013

    To characterize the bacterial and viral microbiome of the air and surfaces in a daycare setting

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Aaron Prussin

    To characterize the bacterial and viral microbiome of the air and surfaces in a daycare setting

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  • grantee: The University of Hong Kong
    amount: $74,918
    city:  
    year: 2013

    To support the Second International Sloan Symposium on Microbiology of the Built Environment at Indoor Air 2014 in Hong Kong

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Yuguo Li

    To support the Second International Sloan Symposium on Microbiology of the Built Environment at Indoor Air 2014 in Hong Kong

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  • grantee: University of Oregon
    amount: $1,325,000
    city: Eugene, OR
    year: 2013

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

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Jessica Green

    The grant provides two years of continued support to the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center, a pioneering research center founded with Sloan support and dedicated to developing a predictive science of the built environment microbiome through partnerships between architects and biologists. Over the next two years, the BioBE Center, led by microbiologist Jessica Green, will address two primary research questions: what dispersal vectors (e.g., ventilation and human occupancy) significantly influence the microbial profile of the built environment?  And what attributes of the built environment (e.g., building materials and interior temperature) shape microbial community composition indoors?  Research will be driven by the latest advances in microbiological instrumentation and methodology, including a climate-controlled chamber, microbiome diversity mapping, high throughput sequencing and analysis, and new visualization tools.  In addition to conducting basic research and disseminating results through peer-reviewed journals and conferences, the BioBE team will be involved in educating the next generation of built environment microbiologists, training at least one undergraduate student, three graduate students, two postdoctoral fellows, and two architectural research faculty; and developing a new undergraduate course focused on the biology of the built environment.

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

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  • grantee: University of California, San Francisco
    amount: $300,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2013

    To examine the house dust fungal microbiome

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Susan Lynch

    This grant supports the expansion of a major $9 million, multi-institutional research project funded by the National Institute of Health. The NIH study aims to determine the bacterial community composition of 340 paired house dust and infant stool samples in a case cohort epidemiological study. Sloan funds will enable the research team to expand their analysis to not just bacteria, but fungi. Led Dr. Susan Lynch of the University of California, San Francisco, the research team will perform high resolution fungal community profiling of the 340 paired samples, conduct a variety of statistical analyses to determine whether relationships exist between fungal and bacterial community composition in house dust and infant stool, and use multivariate regression analysis to relate fungal/bacterial house dust microbiome composition to measure house characteristics and allergic disease outcomes to identify key factors that influence the home and infant stool microbiome and are related to human health status.

    To examine the house dust fungal microbiome

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  • grantee: Yale University
    amount: $49,336
    city: New Haven, CT
    year: 2013

    To examine how building moisture influences fungal and bacterial ecology in house dust

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

    To examine how building moisture influences fungal and bacterial ecology in house dust

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  • grantee: Harvard Medical School
    amount: $125,000
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2013

    To test whether the pH of surfaces in built environments influences the composition of microbial communities that reside there

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Roberto Kolter

    To test whether the pH of surfaces in built environments influences the composition of microbial communities that reside there

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  • grantee: University of Pittsburgh
    amount: $33,000
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2013

    To determine the changes in the microbial ecology of a hospital hot water system caused by the introduction of a secondary disinfectant

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Kyle Bibby

    To determine the changes in the microbial ecology of a hospital hot water system caused by the introduction of a secondary disinfectant

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  • grantee: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    amount: $57,595
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To support a one?-day symposium on Microbiology of the Built Environment

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

    To support a one?-day symposium on Microbiology of the Built Environment

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $195,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2012

    To provide partial support for the Forum on Microbial Threats

    • Program Science
    • Sub-program Microbiology of the Built Environment
    • Investigator Eileen Choffnes

    The Forum on Microbial Threats (Forum) was created in 1996 to address emerging, re-emerging, and novel infectious diseases and has become one of the leading places to address issues in microbial ecology and microbiology. The Forum gathers experts, develops agendas, conducts three meetings and two symposia per year, and publishes reports. Funds from this grant provide partial support to the Forum over a three-year period. Among the planned topics for future workshops and symposia is "The Movement of Microorganisms and the Microbial Ecology of the Built Environment", a workshop of interest to the Foundation's Microbiology of the Built Environment Program and one that will help set the stage for future efforts towards a full National Academies' study and report on the microbiology of built environments.

    To provide partial support for the Forum on Microbial Threats

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