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: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    amount: $772,955
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    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

    Community engagement managers are increasingly seen as vital and irreplaceable elements for the smooth functioning of healthy online communities. Though it is a new field, community engagement has matured quickly, with a growing body of common methods and best practices. Individuals playing this role in scientific contexts, however, are often isolated from this community of practice, and left to trial and error to figure out how to be most effective. This grant supports a Community Engagement Fellowship program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for a network of community engagement managers that will connect several scientific fields. The Fellows will be based in a combination of AAAS-affiliated scholarly societies and large multidisciplinary collaborations, which will build capacity in scientific organizations. In addition, fellows will be brought together for annual training boot camps and monthly professional development webinars, allowing them to share ideas, common challenges, and best practices. Grant funds support approximately half of the planned 18 fellows of the initial cohort, with additional funds provided to offset the costs of outreach, fellow selection, and program administration.

    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: The University of Chicago
    amount: $900,000
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2015

    To accelerate scientific discovery by using statistical machine learning to enable advanced search of mathematical literature

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator John Lafferty

    Mathematical formulas are undiscoverable by modern search engines. If you are looking for a famous theorem or an equation with a name, standard search engines like Google or online encyclopedias like Wikipedia can direct you to it. But if what you are looking for is an equation that expresses one variable in terms of another, you are out of luck. Because the consumer base for such information is small and because the task of programming computers to recognize mathematical formulas is difficult, no major search engine has prioritized mathematical search. Yet from a societal point of view, the benefits of accelerating discoveries by providing such search capabilities could surely be enormous.   This grant funds a project by John Lafferty from the University of Chicago and David Blei from Columbia University to advance the field of mathematical search by developing a software program that uses sophisticated pattern recognition and statistical machine learning techniques to recognize and identify mathematical formulas on the web.

    To accelerate scientific discovery by using statistical machine learning to enable advanced search of mathematical literature

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  • grantee: Phoenix Bioinformatics
    amount: $498,945
    city: Redwood City, CA
    year: 2015

    To support the development of a flexible paywall service for scientific data repositories

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

    The sustainability of scientific data repositories is a matter of much concern. One recent success story is the Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR), a plant biology database that shifted from a grant-funded to a community-funded business model through the strategic development of a discriminating paywall that grants free, limited access to many users while requiring a sliding scale paid subscription for full, unlimited access. TAIR Director Eva Huala believes that a more flexible version of this paywall software could enable many other data repositories to develop their own variations on this model. While there are several for-profit startups offering such services, none offer the functionality needed by scientific data repositories, and these repositories appear to be much too small a market to draw those startups' focus. Funds from this grant will support Phoenix Bioinformatics, the 501(c)3 that runs TAIR, in its efforts to develop a flexible, portable version of its paywall software that could be used by a wide variety of scientific data repositories.

    To support the development of a flexible paywall service for scientific data repositories

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  • grantee: American Astronomical Society
    amount: $19,775
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    To support a planning meeting on the integration of software repositories with the publication record

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Julie Steffen

    To support a planning meeting on the integration of software repositories with the publication record

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  • grantee: Hypothesis Project
    amount: $20,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2014

    To partially support the 2015 IAnnotate workshop on current and future directions for web annotation

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

    To partially support the 2015 IAnnotate workshop on current and future directions for web annotation

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  • grantee: Foundation for Earth Science
    amount: $20,000
    city: Raleigh, NC
    year: 2014

    To partially support a workshop on software citation

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Erin Robinson

    To partially support a workshop on software citation

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  • grantee: FORCE11
    amount: $15,000
    city: San Diego, CA
    year: 2014

    To partially support the 2015 Future of Research Communication and e-Scholarship conference

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Maryann Martone

    To partially support the 2015 Future of Research Communication and e-Scholarship conference

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  • grantee: Foundation for Earth Science
    amount: $124,995
    city: Raleigh, NC
    year: 2014

    To explore adoption of RFID tracking at professional society meetings in order to improve the network connections among attendees

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Erin Robinson

    To explore adoption of RFID tracking at professional society meetings in order to improve the network connections among attendees

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  • grantee: Adler Planetarium
    amount: $16,380
    city: Chicago, IL
    year: 2014

    To support the dotAstronomy workshop and to explore the extension of its model into other fields

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

    To support the dotAstronomy workshop and to explore the extension of its model into other fields

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $845,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2014

    To make empirical research more reliable and replicable by helping academic journals process, publish, and preserve datasets accompanying article submissions

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Gary King

    When researchers share data, their empirical results become more reproducible and more reusable. This, in turn, can accelerate progress while enhancing accountability and transparency. This grant supports efforts by Gary King and Mercи Crosas of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University to facilitate data sharing through continued development of the Dataverse Network (DVN), a leading Harvard-based data repository.  Working with scientists, technologists, and academic publishers, King and Crosas have launched an ambitious project to help academic journals make data submission a fully integrated part of the paper submission process, using the Dataverse infrastructure to store and manipulate data submitted by authors.  Grant funds will support several activities aimed at expanding and improving Dataverse, including convening workshops and conferences with stakeholders to develop uniform standards and protocols, crafting an application programming interface, and developing several “data widgets” that allow real-time manipulation of data uploaded to the system.

    To make empirical research more reliable and replicable by helping academic journals process, publish, and preserve datasets accompanying article submissions

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