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: Code for Science and Society
    amount: $65,780
    city: Portland, OR
    year: 2018

    To support further development of PREreview, a platform to improve the training of scientists in peer review practices

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Daniela Saderi

    To support further development of PREreview, a platform to improve the training of scientists in peer review practices

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  • grantee: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    amount: $649,893
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2018

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

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Joshua Freeman

    In 2015 the Foundation funded a pilot Community Engagement Fellows program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The program is run by longtime scientific community manager Lou Woodley, who led a yearlong planning process to develop a curriculum that tailors community engagement skills training to the scientific research context, and then recruited the first cohort of fellows for the 2017 calendar year. Drawn from professional societies and large scientific collaborations, fellows came together for in-person workshops at the beginning, middle, and end of the fellowship year, as well as for regular webinars and other online discussions. A robust program evaluation made clear that the fellowship year wasn’t just extremely effective for the participants, it also led to tangible investments in and foregrounding of community management by many of the host organizations. This grant funds a continuation of the Community Engagement Fellows program, which includes funds for administration, for the recruitment and support of the 2019 fellows cohort, and for a shorter-term “visiting scholars” program that could draw on program alumni and other community management professionals.

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

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  • grantee: Aspiration
    amount: $448,800
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2018

    To reduce barriers to data publication by providing context-specific guidance on sharing best practice, including suitable repositories

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Kristen Ratan

    Recent years have seen a proliferation of policies coming from research funders, universities, and publishers intended to prod scientists toward more proactive archiving, citation, and data sharing practices. The mere presence of a policy, however, doesn’t guarantee compliance, so the Foundation has looked to support technologies that make it easier to adopt best practices in research data and software management. The grant funds work by the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation and the California Digital Library to develop DataSeer, an open sourced rule-based platform that would be able to automatically identify data referenced explicitly or implicitly in a grant proposal, data management plan, or draft article and suggest appropriate repositories for deposit of that data. By providing nudges and suggestions at specific targeted moments in the research lifecycle (like the creation of a data management plan, submission of a grant proposal, or submission of a manuscript), DataSeer has the potential to substantively improve proactive data sharing and archiving by researchers, while reducing the costs of compliance checking for funders, libraries, and publishers.

    To reduce barriers to data publication by providing context-specific guidance on sharing best practice, including suitable repositories

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  • grantee: Lyrasis
    amount: $20,000
    city: Philadelphia, PA
    year: 2018

    To conduct a feasibility study to assess the potential for development of the open source SimplyE ebook platform to serve the academic community

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Robert Miller

    To conduct a feasibility study to assess the potential for development of the open source SimplyE ebook platform to serve the academic community

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  • grantee: Hypothesis Project
    amount: $12,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2018

    To partially support a workshop and hackathon to develop a joint roadmap for open science software tools

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Dan Whaley

    To partially support a workshop and hackathon to develop a joint roadmap for open science software tools

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  • grantee: Ithaka Harbors Inc
    amount: $20,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To partially support the second Bowen Colloquium

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Catharine Hill

    To partially support the second Bowen Colloquium

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  • grantee: University of Pennsylvania
    amount: $48,784
    city: Philadelphia, PA
    year: 2018

    To support continued development of Manubot, a git-native authoring tool for scientific manuscripts

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Daniel Himmelstein

    To support continued development of Manubot, a git-native authoring tool for scientific manuscripts

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  • grantee: The Internet Archive
    amount: $20,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2018

    To partially support participation in the 2018 Decentralized Web Summit

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Wendy Hanamura

    To partially support participation in the 2018 Decentralized Web Summit

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $384,633
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2018

    To develop a global, scalable, and sustainable technical and organizational infrastructure for persistent unique identifiers of physical scientific samples

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Kerstin Lehnert

    The International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) grew out of an initial need to foster better citation of geological samples. As of mid-2018, there are over 6.5 million individual physical specimens represented within the IGSN, and a network of 25 IGSN “allocating agents” across five continents. After a number of years of growth within geoscience, the IGSN is confronted with increased interest from other disciplines; for example, the IGSN has already been used to register IDs for biological specimens and archaeological artifacts. Rather than encourage the development of a number of different discipline-specific registries, Lehnert and an international team of collaborators plan to redesign IGSN to support physical samples and specimens from across the sciences. Funds from this grant support technical development of the IGSN platform and a series of working meetings to bring together current IGSN registrars, other stakeholders, and persistent identifier (PID) experts to strategically plan the organizational and technical future of the initiative.

    To develop a global, scalable, and sustainable technical and organizational infrastructure for persistent unique identifiers of physical scientific samples

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  • grantee: Wikimedia Foundation
    amount: $200,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2018

    To support three years of workshops, hackathons, and outreach at the intersection of academic citation, bibliographic metadata, and Wikipedia

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Dario Taraborelli

    This grant provides three years of support for gatherings of WikiCite, a project within the Wikipedia ecosystem designed to both improve citation within Wikipedia and to expand the Wikidata project in ways useful to the scientific community. Grant funds will support a dedicated annual WikiCite meeting, as well as a series of smaller satellite meetings at other Wikimedia events. The organizers will also maintain a strong presence at other scholarly communication meetings, bringing the energy and technical sophistication of the Wikimedia community to bear on innovation in scholarly communication more broadly.

    To support three years of workshops, hackathons, and outreach at the intersection of academic citation, bibliographic metadata, and Wikipedia

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