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: Simmons University
    amount: $43,916
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2021

    To study how researchers collaborate using cloud-based file repositories

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Virtual Collaboration initiative
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Kyong Eun Oh

    To study how researchers collaborate using cloud-based file repositories

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  • grantee: University of Michigan
    amount: $165,303
    city: Ann Arbor, MI
    year: 2021

    To develop a nuanced understanding of Large Language Models to provide actionable recommendations for their development, implementation, and governance

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Trust in AI
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Shobita Parthasarathy

    To develop a nuanced understanding of Large Language Models to provide actionable recommendations for their development, implementation, and governance

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  • grantee: University of California, San Diego
    amount: $350,000
    city: La Jolla, CA
    year: 2021

    To study the effects of parallel digital platforms and censorship on transnational collaboration in science and technology

    • Program Technology
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Margaret Roberts

    One of the promises of digital information technology is fast and frictionless communication.  Powered by data sharing and collaboration platforms, the vision of the 21st century knowledge economy is one where a lab in Johannesburg can partner with one in Jaipur, with corresponding increases in global productivity and decreases in unnecessary, duplicative work.  In practice, frictions continue to exist that impede the flow of knowledge across national and platform borders. This grant funds efforts by political scientist Margaret Roberts and economist Ruixue Jia at the University of California San Diego to study how policies that sever transnational exchange and flows of information goods impact collaboration, scientific progress, and innovation.  Roberts and Jia will study the impacts of impediments to information sharing and their impacts on collaboration, including censorship of knowledge-sharing and collaboration platforms, the launch of substitutes to these platforms, and policies that discourage international collaboration. Using a rich multi-method approach that involves observational study, analysis of natural experiments, original field experiments, and interviews with scientists, the team will examine how platforms for collaboration and their breakdown has affected citation, information sharing, and innovation rates.

    To study the effects of parallel digital platforms and censorship on transnational collaboration in science and technology

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  • grantee: Simply Secure
    amount: $50,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To study the affordances of different tools for digital academic conferences and events and the impact of their implementation on community health

    • Program Technology
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Caroline Sinders

    To study the affordances of different tools for digital academic conferences and events and the impact of their implementation on community health

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  • grantee: Association for Computing Machinery
    amount: $20,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To partially support the 2021 ACM conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Trust in AI
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Michael Ekstrand

    To partially support the 2021 ACM conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency

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  • grantee: Drexel University
    amount: $220,428
    city: Philadelphia, PA
    year: 2020

    To explore the international development and use of open science hardware (OSH), with particular attention to dynamics between the Global North and South

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Open Hardware
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Gwen Ottinger

    To explore the international development and use of open science hardware (OSH), with particular attention to dynamics between the Global North and South

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  • grantee: Community Initiatives
    amount: $126,897
    city: Oakland, CA
    year: 2020

    To support the scientific community manager community of practice during the COVID-19 shift to virtual meetings and online collaboration

    • Program Technology
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Lou Woodley

    To support the scientific community manager community of practice during the COVID-19 shift to virtual meetings and online collaboration

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  • grantee: University of Tennessee
    amount: $399,098
    city: Knoxville, TN
    year: 2020

    To study the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the scholarly communication practices of early career researchers around the world

    • Program Technology
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Carol Tenopir

    In early 2020, Carol Tenopir (University of Tennessee) and Dave Nicholas (CIBER) completed a four-year longitudinal study of early career researcher (ECR) practices across the natural and social sciences.  Drawing on more than 350 hours of interviews with 100 early career researchers in China, France, Poland, Malaysia, Spain, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S., the findings ranged from the expected to the surprising: for instance, young researchers were nearly universally indifferent to using altmetrics to measure scholarly impact, and they showed little interest in publishing in Open Access journals, despite widespread dissatisfaction with existing academic regimes of publication and promotion.  Funds from this grant will support the extension of Tenopir and Nicholas’s work, with an emphasis on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the research and communications practices of young researchers around the globe.

    To study the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the scholarly communication practices of early career researchers around the world

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  • grantee: Public Library of Science
    amount: $49,578
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2020

    To study how credibility and impact of research artifacts influence scholarly research activities

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Trust in AI
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Veronique Kiermer

    To study how credibility and impact of research artifacts influence scholarly research activities

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  • grantee: University of Florida
    amount: $74,060
    city: Gainesville, FL
    year: 2020

    To document and prototype innovative approaches to the online teaching of place-based courses

    • Program Technology
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Emilio Bruna

    To document and prototype innovative approaches to the online teaching of place-based courses

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