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: 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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  • grantee: American Mathematical Society
    amount: $139,688
    city: Providence, RI
    year: 2014

    To develop semantic capabilities for open source systems that display mathematics on the World Wide Web

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Donald McClure

    The meaning of mathematical formulae depends on how they are represented and displayed. Mathematical symbols have to be arranged and ordered precisely, lest the meaning of formulae change completely. A poorly placed line break can render a mathematical expression incoherent.  The rise of the internet has made this problem acute.  Major browsers developed by Apple, Google, and Microsoft do not support mathematical content.  As more and more content is accessed on screens, tablet computers, and smart phones, mathematicians need a tool that can rearrange mathematical expressions dynamically without distortion of meaning.  This grant funds efforts by a consortium led by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) to “semantically enrich” MathML, a markup language used by the popular, open source MathJax platform.  The AMS team aims to further develop the MathML language, allowing it to encode information about the meaning of mathematical expressions and how to display them.  If successful, the project would eventually allow browsers to treat mathematical expressions not as uninterpreted strings of symbols, but as contentful expressions whose meaning must be preserved across changes in display.

    To develop semantic capabilities for open source systems that display mathematics on the World Wide Web

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  • grantee: George Mason University
    amount: $481,340
    city: Fairfax, VA
    year: 2014

    To support extensive outreach in conjunction with continued refinement of the PressForward software platform in order to produce curated overlay publications for scientific communities

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

    This grant provides continued support to George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media for the continued development of PressForward, a software platform that facilitates the creation of “overlay journals,” curated collections of scholarly materials whose contents are drawn not from original submissions, but from existing academic sources.  PressForward journals have the ability to draw material not only from existing online journals, but from the rich landscape of reputable working paper repositories like SSRN, rapid publication venues like PLoSONE, preprint repositories like arXiv, and the untidy world of blogs, posters, and other gray literature. Previous Sloan grants supported the initial development of PressForward and its deployment to a handful of pilot sites.  Funds from this grant support the expansion of the platform, the hiring of an outreach specialist to give presentations and handle online engagement, increased help desk capacity, a summer institute to train potential users, and additional software development as determined through user needs.

    To support extensive outreach in conjunction with continued refinement of the PressForward software platform in order to produce curated overlay publications for scientific communities

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  • grantee: University of California, Office of the President
    amount: $266,958
    city: Oakland, CA
    year: 2014

    To promote research data sharing by enhancing the usability (design, functionality, and user experience) of existing community repositories

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Stephen Abrams

    Developed by the California Digital Library (CDL), which serves the entire University of California system, the Data Management Plan (DMP) tool is an open source software platform that allows UC researchers to create and implement data management plans, which are an increasingly ubiquitous requirement of government and private funding for scientific research.  The existence of such platforms reduces the barriers to data sharing, allowing scientists to make their data permanently available in accordance with funder requirements without having to invest significant time, effort, or other resources in the process.  Funds from this grant will allow the CDL, which operates out of the Office of the President, to launch and implement a redesign of the user interface of the Data Management Plan tool.  Using detailed user feedback that is the norm in much for-profit software development, the CDL team will redesign its primary interface using detailed user-experience testing, letting the needs and competencies of actual users drive how the interface works. The result will be a lightweight open source software application that would be accessible initially to the thousands of scientists and researchers employed throughout the University of California system, but which will be generalized enough that it could, in principle, sit in-between users and any data repository.

    To promote research data sharing by enhancing the usability (design, functionality, and user experience) of existing community repositories

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  • grantee: American Anthropological Association
    amount: $79,986
    city: Arlington, VA
    year: 2014

    To develop an open source platform to manage scholarly book reviews

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Oona Schmid

    To develop an open source platform to manage scholarly book reviews

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  • grantee: Johns Hopkins University
    amount: $602,039
    city: Baltimore, MD
    year: 2014

    To design and launch a data curation infrastructure that provides a graph-based view of the relationships between publications and data

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator G. Choudhury

    Though the Sloan Foundation has funded several initiatives to make the citation of data a regular, established practice in science, data citation is itself unidirectional.  In a properly cited scientific article, the reader will know what datasets are being referenced and used, but the creator or curator of those cited datasets may have no way to know his or her data is being cited.  Yet knowing how a dataset is being used and by whom can be a crucial factor in making decisions about its value, how to extend it, and how to increase its usefulness.   This grant supports work by Sayeed Choudhury, associate dean for research data management at Johns Hopkins University, to develop a third-party service called “Matchmaker” that would independently map the relationships between articles and data, linking between existing publishing platforms and data repositories.  These relationships could be created by a number of different stakeholders in the scholarly communication process:  by a publisher, by a data archive, by an individual researcher, or even by a library.  When fully developed, these relationships would then form a "graph" that could be queried without having to repeatedly poll every repository and publisher, a complement to more traditional citation services like ISI or Google Scholar.

    To design and launch a data curation infrastructure that provides a graph-based view of the relationships between publications and data

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