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: The Miami Foundation Inc
    amount: $640,000
    city: Miami, FL
    year: 2015

    To support continued development of the Dat platform for data management as well as targeted outreach to the natural and social science research community

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Max Ogden

    This grant continues support for the development of Dat, a software platform for the versioning and management of tabular datasets. Inspired by Git, the popular system for version control among distributed software developers, Dat supports the tracking of dataset versions not just at the file level, but at the individual cell level, cataloging cell-by-cell changes to the data. A 2014 grant from the Sloan Foundation has enabled lead developer Max Ogden to move the system from a sketch to a substantial prototype, to ensure that the platform was developed with scientific data in mind, and to launch pilot applications in the sciences using genomic and astronomical data. Funds from this grant will allow Ogden, partnering with Waldo Jaquith of the U.S. Open Data Institute, to move from the current working prototype to a full version 1.0 release. Additional funds support outreach and partnership-building with labs and academic research institutions.

    To support continued development of the Dat platform for data management as well as targeted outreach to the natural and social science research community

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  • grantee: University of California, Berkeley
    amount: $1,512,547
    city: Berkeley, CA
    year: 2015

    To support continued development of the Jupyter platform for scientific computing and its developer community

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Fernando Perez

    This grant supports the continued development of the Jupyter Notebook, an open source platform for interactive computing that aims to bring the traditional research notebook into the digital age, enabling researchers to capture, log, and version their work from data collection through stages of cleaning, linking, and preparation all the way to analysis and publication. Grant funds will allow the project, led by physicists-turned-data-scientists Fernando Perez and Brian Granger, to hire a project manager and user interface designer, enhance coordination with the growing community of Juypter volunteer developers, and add new features to the platform, including simultaneous multi-user editing, interactive computing capabilities, and better integration with scholarly publishing systems.

    To support continued development of the Jupyter platform for scientific computing and its developer community

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  • grantee: Northern Arizona University
    amount: $239,775
    city: Flagstaff, AZ
    year: 2015

    To develop an interactive text that introduces readers to the core concepts and algorithms of bioinformatics in the context of their implementation and application to real-world problems

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator J. Caporaso

    Funds from this grant will help Greg Caporaso develop an interactive educational text, An Introduction to Applied Bioinformatics (IAB), that will introduce readers to the core concepts and algorithms of bioinformatics. Focusing on applications to real-world problems, the project will produce a set of interactive notebooks that will allow students to learn about the complex computational methods used in modern bioinformatics in an engaging, hands-on fashion using live code that can be altered, tweaked, executed, and adapted to their own research or data. The project represents an innovative experiment in how advances in information technology are opening new frontiers for high-quality education on computational methods.

    To develop an interactive text that introduces readers to the core concepts and algorithms of bioinformatics in the context of their implementation and application to real-world problems

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  • grantee: University of Colorado, Boulder
    amount: $124,856
    city: Boulder, CO
    year: 2015

    To compile case studies of strategies and demand for stewardship of digital research data

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Myron Gutmann

    To compile case studies of strategies and demand for stewardship of digital research data

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  • grantee: NumFOCUS
    amount: $20,000
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2015

    To support travel by students and junior faculty to a workshop focused on the development scientific software in the R statistical computing language

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Karthik Ram

    To support travel by students and junior faculty to a workshop focused on the development scientific software in the R statistical computing language

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  • grantee: Indiana University
    amount: $748,000
    city: Bloomington, IN
    year: 2014

    To fund early career fellowships that support work with the Research Data Alliance on projects that promote data sharing

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Beth Plale

    Funds from this grant provide three years of support for the expansion of a fellowship program hosted by the Research Data Alliance (RDA), an international community organization of researchers and innovators who have come together to build the social and technical infrastructure need to enable the open sharing of data. These fellowships offer summer funding and travel support to graduate students and postdocs with data science skills or training who will assist RDA’s various working groups on one or more specific projects.  To ensure that projects are aligned with each fellow’s primary work, the application process requires nomination by a candidate’s advisor or supervisor.  Sloan Foundation funds will support 30 fellows over the next three years.

    To fund early career fellowships that support work with the Research Data Alliance on projects that promote data sharing

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  • grantee: NumFOCUS
    amount: $10,000
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2014

    To partially support a summit of grassroots organizations that foster diversity in the technology sector

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Gregory Wilson

    To partially support a summit of grassroots organizations that foster diversity in the technology sector

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  • grantee: Northwestern University
    amount: $15,000
    city: Evanston, IL
    year: 2014

    To partially support the 2015 Computational Sociology Summit

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Data & Computational Research
    • Investigator Brian Uzzi

    To partially support the 2015 Computational Sociology Summit

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $19,385
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To support a workshop on the history of data science and the use of data in the history of science more broadly

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

    To support a workshop on the history of data science and the use of data in the history of science more broadly

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $15,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2014

    To support a workshop and hackathon on crowdfunding and scientific projects

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

    To support a workshop and hackathon on crowdfunding and scientific projects

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