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: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $160,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2012

    To support a study on the Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Paul Uhlir

    This grant provides partial support for data collection, production, and distribution of a study by the National Research Council on the training of professionals in data curation. Convening a high caliber group of scientists, technologists, educators, and university administrators, the Academy will study a handful of pioneering programs around the country that have developed curricula for training students in data curation and synthesize these curricula into a set of best practices with an eye toward preparing students for the specific data curation needs of researchers in the natural and social sciences. In addition, the report will focus on quantifying future need for data curation as a profession. The report promises to provide a blueprint for other U.S. colleges and universities who wish to begin their own programs to meet the growing need for qualified, well-trained professionals with expertise in stewarding, archiving, and maintaining data.

    To support a study on the Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation

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  • grantee: University of Michigan
    amount: $19,475
    city: Ann Arbor, MI
    year: 2012

    To partially support a workshop on the academic study of knowledge infrastructures

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Paul Edwards

    To partially support a workshop on the academic study of knowledge infrastructures

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  • grantee: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    amount: $20,000
    city: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    year: 2012

    To create a model of the future scientific research library based on discussions of researcher needs and best practices of libraries throughout the world

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Ludmila Pollock

    To create a model of the future scientific research library based on discussions of researcher needs and best practices of libraries throughout the world

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  • grantee: Mozilla Foundation
    amount: $124,625
    city: Mountain View, CA
    year: 2012

    To prototype online resources to teach software engineering best practices to scientists, and to explore and develop models for training within academic institutions

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Matthew Thompson

    To prototype online resources to teach software engineering best practices to scientists, and to explore and develop models for training within academic institutions

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  • grantee: Creative Commons
    amount: $250,917
    city: Mountain View, CA
    year: 2011

    To define the main issues and challenges of enabling a large-scale science commons and an achievable strategic plan for Creative Commons

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Catherine Casserly

    The licenses developed by Creative Commons have become an essential set of tools to patch gaps in the international system of copyright, creating a parallel, opt?in intellectual property regime that doesn't require country?by?country legislative change to implement. With those licenses fairly well integrated into modern practice, Creative Commons is embarking on a year?long process of strategic planning to determine where and how they can best have an impact in new areas, including science. This grant provides partial support to Creative Commons as it undertakes this process. Funds will augment a November meeting focused on "open science" and nine months of subsequent work on three key themes: licenses for open-access scholarship, legal and technical infrastructure for open data sharing, and the role of patent licensing in science.

    To define the main issues and challenges of enabling a large-scale science commons and an achievable strategic plan for Creative Commons

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $1,174,129
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2011

    To conduct ethnographic research of scientific information and data practices

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Christine Borgman

    Funds from this grant to information scientist Christine Borgman and anthropologist Sharon Traweek at the University of California, Los Angeles support a robust, three-year ethnographic research program to study scientific data practices and develop recommendations about needed skills and relationships within scientific teams who collect and manage data. Borgman, Traweek and their research group will will carry out an ambitious "2x2" research program, comparing projects that produce large volumes of homogeneous data with those involving smaller amounts of heterogeneous data as well as projects at earlier and later stages of their life cycles. The four sites to be studied include the Dataverse Network at Harvard, the Center for Embedded Network Sensing, a new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded center for data-driven science and the transfer of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey data from Fermilab to long-term homes at Johns Hopkins and Princeton. The research will help develop a better knowledge about existing data practices in modern science, inform future infrastructure investments, and clarify new roles around issues like data curation.

    To conduct ethnographic research of scientific information and data practices

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  • grantee: Society of American Archivists Foundation
    amount: $6,000
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2011

    To support the Society of American Archivists sending a member of its Intellectual Property Working Group to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Nancy Beaumont

    To support the Society of American Archivists sending a member of its Intellectual Property Working Group to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

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  • grantee: StoryCorps Inc
    amount: $24,494
    city: Brooklyn, NY
    year: 2011

    To develop a plan for management of and computational access to the StoryCorps digital sound archive

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Virginia Millington

    To develop a plan for management of and computational access to the StoryCorps digital sound archive

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  • grantee: Institute for the Future
    amount: $75,000
    city: Palo Alto, CA
    year: 2011

    To test the scalability and portability of Science Hack Day events worldwide

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Ariel Waldman

    To test the scalability and portability of Science Hack Day events worldwide

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  • grantee: DuraSpace
    amount: $497,433
    city: Ithaca, NY
    year: 2011

    To develop and deploy a "Direct-To-Researcher" cloud-based data platform

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Michele Kimpton

    In a poll conducted by Science in 2011, scientists across disciplines were asked, "Where do you archive most of the data generated in your lab or for your research?" More than 50% responded "in our lab." While fine for short-term research needs, this "data under the desk" scenario poses real risks for the long-term utility and reproducibility of research. One way of improving this situation and getting more data under safer cover is to develop data management solutions that directly address the immediate needs of researchers while allowing the delegation of data curation functions like preservation and archiving. This grant supports a focused, iterative development process by DuraSpace to design, build, and release such a system.

    To develop and deploy a "Direct-To-Researcher" cloud-based data platform

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