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: Brave New Software
    amount: $20,000
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2015

    To develop a better understanding of the success and sustainability of selected Sloan-funded free/open source software projects

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

    To develop a better understanding of the success and sustainability of selected Sloan-funded free/open source software projects

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  • grantee: University of Pittsburgh
    amount: $123,728
    city: Pittsburgh, PA
    year: 2015

    To support the adoption of active curation platforms by Association for Computing Machinery publishing systems

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Bruce Childers

    To support the adoption of active curation platforms by Association for Computing Machinery publishing systems

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $20,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To support a meeting on best practices for data publication in the Earth and space sciences

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

    To support a meeting on best practices for data publication in the Earth and space sciences

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  • grantee: George Mason University
    amount: $736,042
    city: Fairfax, VA
    year: 2015

    To support outreach for and adoption of PressForward, a software platform for the editorial curation of online scholarly research products

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Sean Takats

    Funds from this grant support the continued development and expansion of PressForward, a new software platform that aims to speed the dissemination of scholarship by allowing researchers to quickly and easily aggregate online articles, white papers, reports, and blog posts into online digital journals. Built atop the powerful and popular WordPress platform, PressForward enables researchers to impose structure on the diverse variety of scholarly materials proliferating on the web, pulling related materials together that are currently scattered across different preprint servers, personal blogs, and institutional archives.   Over the next three years, grant funds will help the PressForward team, headquartered at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, continue the development of the platform. Planned activities include working with institutional partners to launch 12 new digital projects powered by the platform, outreach to build and strengthen the growing PressForward user base, and development of plans for long-term fiscal sustainability.

    To support outreach for and adoption of PressForward, a software platform for the editorial curation of online scholarly research products

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  • grantee: Association of Research Libraries
    amount: $600,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2015

    To support the scaling, data quality, and incorporation into university workflows of SHARE, a system for the tracking of research release events across publishers and repositories

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Elliott Shore

    This grant funds the continued development of SHARE, an open access database and service that links together university-based data repositories in an effort to make scholarly research widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. Developed in collaboration between the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, SHARE includes not only a searchable database of research, but also a scholarly research notification service that allows users to keep abreast of new developments in scholarship, for example, when a relevant new white paper is uploaded by a scholar they are following, an important dataset is updated, or a previously unpublished study is published. Funds from this grant will support the continued development and expansion of the SHARE platform, including efforts to increase the number of participating data providers, integration of SHARE into the diverse workflows of member institutions, and the cleaning and normalizing of the, oft-messy, metadata that powers the SHARE search algorithms.

    To support the scaling, data quality, and incorporation into university workflows of SHARE, a system for the tracking of research release events across publishers and repositories

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  • 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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