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: Harvard University
    amount: $327,033
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2018

    To develop new statistical methods that improve both the identification of causal effects in observational studies as well as the generalizability of randomized experiments

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Jose Zubizarreta

    Harvard econometrician Jose Zubizarreta is developing new statistical methods for the extraction of causal inferences from large datasets. His methods flexibly adjust for covariates in observational studies while also yielding more stable causal estimates. For part of the research, Zubizarreta will investigate formal and theoretical properties of these methods. His team, however, based as it is at a medical school, will also work on specific applications. These require, for example, developing a new framework for the design and analysis of observational studies with discontinuities, or developing new methods that improve the degree of control (covariate balance) and statistical efficiency of randomized experiments that enhance their generalizability. Zubizarreta plans to produce five peer-reviewed papers on these topics. In addition, all software, code, and examples will be produced in an open source programming language and made freely available, together with documentation and sample data, to the academic community and the public.

    To develop new statistical methods that improve both the identification of causal effects in observational studies as well as the generalizability of randomized experiments

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $250,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2018

    To convene an international workshop that will plan global cooperation and coordination concerning Artificial Intelligence research and its applications

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Gail Cohen

    This grant funds an initiative by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to join with peer institutions from around the world to launch international dialogue about policies governing artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. Partners include the National Academy of Engineering, the Canadian National Research Council, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Participants will include government officials, industry leaders, and academic researchers from many different countries in addition to the United States, U.K., China, and Canada. Topics to be addressed include national security, data use and privacy, and legal and intellectual property conundrums related to AI. Grant funds will partially support a workshop and associated webcast, a subsequent workshop report, and the creation and dissemination of supplementary resources for participants and the public.

    To convene an international workshop that will plan global cooperation and coordination concerning Artificial Intelligence research and its applications

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  • grantee: Nesta
    amount: $20,000
    city: London, United Kingdom
    year: 2018

    To hold a conference on experimental and evidence-based methods for studying discovery, innovation, and growth

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Albert Bravo-Biosca

    To hold a conference on experimental and evidence-based methods for studying discovery, innovation, and growth

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  • grantee: University of Pennsylvania
    amount: $19,146
    city: Philadelphia, PA
    year: 2018

    To analyze the economics of labor markets for information technology workers using administrative datasets

    • Program Economics
    • Initiative Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST)
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Prasanna Tambe

    To analyze the economics of labor markets for information technology workers using administrative datasets

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  • grantee: University College London
    amount: $20,000
    city: London, United Kingdom
    year: 2017

    To expand the content and outreach of Microeconomic Insights, an online source for accessible summaries of high-quality microeconomic research

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Ariel Pakes

    To expand the content and outreach of Microeconomic Insights, an online source for accessible summaries of high-quality microeconomic research

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  • grantee: University of Michigan
    amount: $10,000
    city: Ann Arbor, MI
    year: 2017

    To organize a meeting of experts on the development of tools for teaching Quantitative Empirical Reasoning

    • Program Economics
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Margaret Levenstein

    To organize a meeting of experts on the development of tools for teaching Quantitative Empirical Reasoning

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  • grantee: Miller-McCune Center for Research Media and Public Policy
    amount: $50,000
    city: Santa Barbara, CA
    year: 2017

    To support academic and nonprofit participation in a workshop that will also bring together industry and policy leaders to discuss computational social science

    • Program Economics
    • Initiative Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST)
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Geane DeLima

    To support academic and nonprofit participation in a workshop that will also bring together industry and policy leaders to discuss computational social science

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  • grantee: New Venture Fund
    amount: $50,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To support the Open Research Funders Group, a partnership committed to the open sharing of research outputs

    • Program Economics
    • Initiative Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE)
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Heather Joseph

    To support the Open Research Funders Group, a partnership committed to the open sharing of research outputs

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  • grantee: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    amount: $500,251
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2017

    To pilot a Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues whose reports on policy-relevant scientific findings will be impartial, respected, timely, and informed by expertise in the social and behavioral sciences

    • Program Economics
    • Initiative Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST)
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Rush Holt

    The new Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (the “Scientific EPI Center”) being launched by the American Association for the Advancement of Science aims to help bring scientific evidence to bear on public policy issues. The need for such a center has been discussed in Washington for decades, beginning when Congress closed its own Office of Technology Assessment in 1995. As impartial scientific expertise in government and think tanks has dwindled, policymakers increasingly turn to lobbyists or other self-interested parties. What is needed, instead, is a source of impartial experts who can bring our best scientific understandings to bear on policy issues as diverse as climate change, cybersecurity, AI, and renewable energy. This grant provides funds to the new Scientific EPI Center for the hiring of a full-time economist or other empirical social scientist. The addition of such a full-time staff will allow the Center to benefit from the rigorous frameworks and models developed within economics for the analysis of incentives and behavior, provide a guide to the voluminous economic literature that bears on policy issues, and ensure that Center reports and recommendations are informed by economic insights about trade-offs, opportunity costs, nudges, and elasticities. Qualifications for this position include a Ph.D. as well as years of scholarly achievement, policy experience, and management practice.

    To pilot a Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues whose reports on policy-relevant scientific findings will be impartial, respected, timely, and informed by expertise in the social and behavioral sciences

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $125,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2017

    To study the general equilibrium effects on labor markets due to robots

    • Program Economics
    • Initiative Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST)
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Edmund Phelps

    To study the general equilibrium effects on labor markets due to robots

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