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: ORCID
    amount: $19,900
    city: Bethesda, MD
    year: 2017

    To support participant travel to a meeting that will inform the next ORCID strategic plan

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Laurel Haak

    To support participant travel to a meeting that will inform the next ORCID strategic plan

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  • grantee: University of Bologna
    amount: $124,993
    city: Bologna, Italy
    year: 2017

    To establish an open scholarly citation database that freely and legally makes available accurate citation data in easily reused standard machine-readable formats

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Silvio Peroni

    To establish an open scholarly citation database that freely and legally makes available accurate citation data in easily reused standard machine-readable formats

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  • grantee: University of California, Office of the President
    amount: $747,258
    city: Oakland, CA
    year: 2017

    To develop and deploy infrastructure necessary to elevate data to a first-class research output

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Guenter Waibel

    One obstacle to developing effective data citation practices is that data does not behave like a published article. It can be far more complex, can exist in many successive versions (none of which are canonical), and only a part of a given dataset might be used by a given study. An effective data citation regime must reflect the multitude of ways data can be used in research. These issues were taken up by the California Digital Library (CDL) in a 2014 National Science Foundation planning study to explore the idea of “data level metrics” and determine which metrics would be of most value to researchers. The grant funds an expansion of this work, as the CDL assembles a coalition to implement their findings. Over the next two years, CDL will bring together the organization that mints DOIs for datasets (DataCite) and the organization that manages the standard for article download and access data (COUNTER) with a collection of data repositories (DataONE) in order to implement best data citation practices using extensions to the popular Lagotto article usage tracking software. Beyond their own implementation, this collaboration will work with the Research Data Alliance to build consensus for and recruit additional repositories to adopt their best practices and technical solutions.

    To develop and deploy infrastructure necessary to elevate data to a first-class research output

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  • grantee: The American Assembly
    amount: $749,399
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2017

    To support the growth and sustainability of a large-scale online database of university course syllabi

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Joseph Karaganis

    In 2013, the Sloan Foundation approved a two-year grant to Joe Karaganis at the American Assembly to prototype a system to aggregate and make available data about what materials are assigned on course syllabi. The resulting Open Syllabus Project team publicly launched the first version of their Syllabus Explorer in early 2016. Within two months, the site logged over 250,000 visits, and was written up in the Chronicle of Higher Education as well as The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time magazine. Funds from this grant provide continuing support to the effort, allowing the project to increase both the scale and richness of the syllabus data available for analysis. Funded activities include development of algorithms to allow the database to better recognize articles in STEM fields, expansion of the platform to enable the incorporation of datasets, software, and other items that might be published with a Document Object Identifier, and a pilot partnership with the Digital Public Library of America to mobilize the syllabus data in the service of public libraries.  

    To support the growth and sustainability of a large-scale online database of university course syllabi

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  • grantee: National Science Communication Institute
    amount: $20,000
    city: Seattle, WA
    year: 2017

    To partially support the 2017 meeting of the Open Scholarship Initiative

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Glenn Hampson

    To partially support the 2017 meeting of the Open Scholarship Initiative

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  • grantee: University of Maryland, College Park
    amount: $50,000
    city: College Park, MD
    year: 2016

    To support development and outreach activities of the SocArXiv preprint server

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Philip Cohen

    To support development and outreach activities of the SocArXiv preprint server

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $19,840
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2016

    To support workshops on the creation of standards for entering temporal data into timeline visualization tools

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Alyssa Goodman

    To support workshops on the creation of standards for entering temporal data into timeline visualization tools

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  • grantee: Phoenix Bioinformatics
    amount: $814,300
    city: Redwood City, CA
    year: 2016

    To firmly establish a nonprofit subscription funding model as a viable option for sustaining research repositories

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Eva Huala

    A 2015 Sloan Foundation grant to nonprofit Phoenix Bioinformatics supported the development and initial deployment of a paywall service for scientific databases. Sloan support enabled the organization to generalize its technical infrastructure to offer database providers fine-grained metering of access (and the ability to flexibly set the boundary between free and paid access), and develop customer-facing tools to allow institutional and national subscribers to manage and report on subscription use. Based on an assessment of its operating costs and likely growth opportunities, the organization has developed a realistic, fee-based funding model that promises to deliver long-term, independent sustainability within the next two years. Funds from this grant provide operational bridge funding to the organization while it implements this plan.

    To firmly establish a nonprofit subscription funding model as a viable option for sustaining research repositories

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  • grantee: Cornell University
    amount: $445,244
    city: Ithaca, NY
    year: 2016

    To support the planning and technical prototyping of the next generation arXiv preprint server

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Oya Rieger

    Created by Paul Ginsparg, arXiv is a popular preprint platform that has become an essential scholarly communication tool in much of physics, mathematics, and computer science. It is also running on 25-year-old software written in a language (Perl) for which developers are becoming hard to find, and thus maintenance is increasingly expensive. arXiv’s Cornell-based leadership team is embarking on a campaign to support a soup-to-nuts rebuild of arXiv’s database, submission and review workflows, and public interface. In 2016, the team conducted a user survey to identify features most in demand and hosted a technical workshop to identify the challenges of a redesign. The next step is to move from general principles to initial design and prototyping, testing various infrastructure options for the full rebuild. Funds from this grant will support this 18-month planning effort.  

    To support the planning and technical prototyping of the next generation arXiv preprint server

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  • grantee: University of Texas, Austin
    amount: $635,261
    city: Austin, TX
    year: 2016

    To raise the visibility of and improve incentives for software work as a contribution in the scientific literature

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator James Howison

    The writing of scientific software is an increasingly important part of modern scientific practice. Properly rewarding such activity requires the wide adoption of new citation practices where authors formally recognize the software they use in their work. Yet a change in citation practices would leave untouched the scientific literature produced to date, which is filled with explicit or implicit mentions of software in the body, footnotes, figures, or acknowledgments sections of articles. Funds from this grant support a project by James Howison of the University of Texas, Austin, School of Information, to develop means to identify software citations from the current corpus of scientific papers. Howison will assemble a team that includes technologists Heather Pirowar and Jason Priem, compile a gold-standard dataset of software references in the scientific literature, and then develop a machine learning system trained on that dataset to recognize software references in scientific articles. The team will then deploy, test, and refine this system in three different prototypes.

    To raise the visibility of and improve incentives for software work as a contribution in the scientific literature

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