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: Florida International University Foundation
    amount: $50,000
    city: Miami, FL
    year: 2021

    To partially support a workshop on virtual reality, augmented reality, and extended reality for STEM curriculum development and soft skills training among a network of Minority Serving Institutions

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Virtual Collaboration initiative
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator John Stuart

    To partially support a workshop on virtual reality, augmented reality, and extended reality for STEM curriculum development and soft skills training among a network of Minority Serving Institutions

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  • grantee: Field Ready
    amount: $450,000
    city: Evanston, IL
    year: 2021

    To develop and maintain metadata standards for open-source hardware

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Open Hardware
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Andrew Lamb

    Innovation in and adoption of open hardware practices for scientific instrumentation and apparatus are being held back by the lack of widely-accepted standards in the description and versioning of open hardware projects. Metadata standards, in particular, are essential infrastructure to enable discovery and collaboration. A typical open source hardware project can combine instructions for 3D-printed components to be built locally along with a heterogeneous range of premade components (with different degrees of quality control) from a number of suppliers, along with any number of software programs used to control the device. At the moment, much open source hardware is in the “you can find documentation on my website” stage of maturity, where documentation and assembly instructions are idiosyncratic to the individual creator, and collaboration beyond small, local teams is more or less impossible.This grant funds Andrew Lamb, the founder of the Internet of Production Alliance, in a project to establish five families of metadata standards for open hardware: Designs and Documentation; Machines and Tools; People and Skills; Materials and Components; and Contracts and Business Models. These five standards are at different stages of maturity and build on each other: the first two (Open Know-How and Open Know-Where) have already been developed and activity will primarily focus on broader adoption and maintenance; the next two will be actively developed and launched over the course of the two years; and the last will be scoped for future development.

    To develop and maintain metadata standards for open-source hardware

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  • grantee: Community Initiatives
    amount: $754,199
    city: Oakland, CA
    year: 2021

    To continue to promote and support the professionalization and institutionalization of community engagement manager in scientific societies and large-scale research collaborations

    • Program Technology
    • Initiative Virtual Collaboration initiative
    • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology
    • Investigator Lou Woodley

    The Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE) has quickly become the preeminent research and training center focused on promoting the essential role community managers play in the effective functioning of scientific communities and thus in the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Led by microbiologist Lou Woodley, CSCCE documents and disseminates best practices in scientific community management, designs online and in-person curricula, runs training seminars, and acts as an advocate among scientists for the professionalization and institutionalization of the community management role. Funds from this grant support the continued operation and expansion of the CSCCE, along with efforts to develop and implement a business sustainability plan that will allow the organization to continue providing services to the diverse community of an estimated 30,000 community managers inside STEM research organizations. Grant funds are being administered by Community Initiatives, Inc., acting as a fiscal sponsor for CSCCE.

    To continue to promote and support the professionalization and institutionalization of community engagement manager in scientific societies and large-scale research collaborations

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $520,172
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2021

    To continue support of the discovery and iterative use of machine learning models through development and adoption of the AI Model Share platform

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

    This grant funds the continued development of the AI Model Share platform, a website and integrated open-source Python library where researchers can deploy and share versions of machine learning models they have created in their research, and which can then be subsequently downloaded, implemented, used, analyzed, and improved by other researchers. In addition to making new resources available to researchers of all kinds, AI Model Share’s careful attention to issues like requirements tracking, versions, and documentation is an important step towards creating standards, tools, and practices that will allow research using machine learning methods to be robustly replicated. Activities supported by grant funds include the beta launch of the platform, user training and feedback workshops, an expansion of the platform’s ability to submit, search for, and replicate stored AI models, and the development of a front end “portfolio page” interface for platform users.

    To continue support of the discovery and iterative use of machine learning models through development and adoption of the AI Model Share platform

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  • 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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