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: Association of Research Libraries
    amount: $500,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2014

    To support the initial development and launch of the SHARE Notification System, a structured way to report and notify parties of research release events

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

    In 2013, a White House Office of Science & Technology Policy directive outlined new open-access expectations for research products funded by the federal government.  One question left open by the directive, however, is how exactly those materials should be managed and made discoverable, particularly for the long term.  Funds from this grant support a project by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to facilitate compliance with the OSTP directive by developing a platform for reporting and notifying parties of events related to the release of publicly and privately funded research.  Partnering with the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the ARL will create a multi-institutional platform, the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE), that will tie together existing university-based institutional repositories into a coherent discovery and compliance tracking system.  When completed, SHARE will function as connective tissue that will enable others to build user-facing services that build on the multi-institutional architecture, leveraging university investments in their own institutional repositories and providing a valuable resource to help university offices of sponsored research meet their reporting and compliance-tracking obligations.

    To support the initial development and launch of the SHARE Notification System, a structured way to report and notify parties of research release events

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  • grantee: University of Montreal
    amount: $359,991
    city: Montreal, QC, Canada
    year: 2014

    To support greater understanding of social media in scholarly communication and the actual meaning of various altmetrics

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Vincent Lariviиre

    The rise of the Internet and digitally enabled means of disseminating scholarly research has led to a burgeoning interest in “altmetrics,” alternative measures of the impact and importance of scholarship that extend beyond traditional measures like citation counts. Funds from this grant support efforts by Vincent Lariviere and Stefanie Haustein of the University of Montreal and their colleague Cassidy Sugimoto of Indiana propose to dig deeper into the relative value and meaning of two specific altmetric indicators:  social media tweets and “saves” by popular bibliographic reference manager platforms.  The researcher team will match bibliographic and citation data from the Web of Science (linked with the same articles as they appear in PubMed and arXiv) with these forms of altmetric activity in order to answer a set of questions about the relationship between altmetric signals and the ultimate impact of a given work as traditionally measured in citation.  Particular focus will be given to the relationship, if any, between initial attention paid to preprints or working papers and the subsequent citation of formally published versions of those same papers.

    To support greater understanding of social media in scholarly communication and the actual meaning of various altmetrics

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  • grantee: Hypothesis Project
    amount: $683,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2014

    To support further development and pilot adoption of the hypothes.is web annotation platform

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

    This grant provide 14 months of support for the Hypothes.is Project, a web annotation platform that aims to bring granular annotation of online scholarly materials to users through the development of an easy-to-use interface that makes web annotation fully collaborative, shareable, and searchable.  Grant funds will support continued development of the Hypothes.is platform as well as three pilot implementations, one at the American Geophysical Union, one at the arXiv preprint repository, and one at eLife, an influential online journal sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Additional funds support a 2014 summit for Hypothes.is stakeholders to ensure compliance with current and forthcoming standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium.

    To support further development and pilot adoption of the hypothes.is web annotation platform

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  • grantee: University of Oklahoma
    amount: $351,844
    city: Norman, OK
    year: 2014

    To build an open-access, digital research platform for the global history of science community centered on data from the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science

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

    Funds from this grant support a series of projects to increase the usefulness of the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science, the oldest and largest bibliography in its field and an invaluable resource to historians of science worldwide.  Using grant funds, Isis Bibliographer Stephen Weldon and his team will spearhead a series of initiatives designed to bring the ISIS Bibliography more fully into the digital era, including retrospective digitization, data extraction, and cleanup of the existing bibliography; the development of new researcher-facing tools and interfaces; “community-sourced” mechanisms for maintaining the bibliography going forward; and a mini-grant program to incentivize novel or innovative ways of utilizing the bibliography as a scholarly resource.

    To build an open-access, digital research platform for the global history of science community centered on data from the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science

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  • grantee: Social Science Research Network
    amount: $20,000
    city: Rochester, NY
    year: 2013

    To develop a standardized and reusable tool set for testing experimental recommendation algorithms

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Gregory Gordon

    To develop a standardized and reusable tool set for testing experimental recommendation algorithms

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  • grantee: Project Implicit, Inc.
    amount: $49,500
    city: Lexington, MA
    year: 2013

    To lay the necessary groundwork for a replication website initiative, aimed at increasing and disseminating replications

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Stephanie Wykstra

    To lay the necessary groundwork for a replication website initiative, aimed at increasing and disseminating replications

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  • grantee: Association of Research Libraries
    amount: $50,000
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2013

    To develop a proof of concept prototype for the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) federated digital repository for the public access, text and data mining, and long? term preservation of research articles and data produced by higher education

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

    To develop a proof of concept prototype for the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) federated digital repository for the public access, text and data mining, and long? term preservation of research articles and data produced by higher education

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  • grantee: ORCID
    amount: $349,659
    city: Bethesda, MD
    year: 2013

    To encourage the near-term implementation of ORCID identifiers by universities and professional associations, through a grant competition and community outreach

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

    This grant supports efforts to increase adoption of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), an enterprising new system that aims to provide a unique, persistent identifier to every researcher on the planet, allowing scholars, content aggregators, and the public to easily pull together research associated with that researcher’s ID, wherever it is published, however the author’s name appears. Funds from this grant will support expansion of ORCID through a small grant competition that challenges universities, professional societies, and other academic institutions to implement ORCID identifiers into existing repository, learning management, academic profile, conference management, and other technology platforms. Ten winners will be chosen from grant applicants based on the quality of the plans submitted and the likelihood that their work will lower barriers to ORCID adoption by peers.

    To encourage the near-term implementation of ORCID identifiers by universities and professional associations, through a grant competition and community outreach

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  • grantee: ImpactStory
    amount: $500,000
    city: Carrboro, NC
    year: 2013

    To support the scaling and further development to sustainability of ImpactStory, a nonprofit open altmetrics platform that helps scholars evaluate, sort, consume, and reward web-native products

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Jason Priem

    One of the goals of Sloan’s Scholarly Communication program is to better facilitate the discovery and review of research products available on the Internet. Since many of these materials (from working papers to datasets) do not appear in conventional journals, a small but growing community has begun to explore the idea of alternative metrics of value and impact, ranging from downloads and inclusion in personal reference manager databases to social media references.Funds from this grant support the continued development of ImpactStory, an innovative altmetrics platform that aggregates citations and other mentions of academic scholarship on the Internet, including references from arXiv, Mendeley, PLOS, Dryad, PubMed and Scopus, as well as Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Wikipedia. Grant funds support development of the platform and the creation and implementation of a long term institutional sustainability plan.

    To support the scaling and further development to sustainability of ImpactStory, a nonprofit open altmetrics platform that helps scholars evaluate, sort, consume, and reward web-native products

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  • grantee: The American Assembly
    amount: $210,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2013

    To develop a vision and prototype for a large-scale online database of university course syllabi

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

    While there are currently many different ways to find out how much a given article or book has been cited, there is no way to know how many times it has appeared on a syllabus, and the impact of scholarly research in the classroom is a blind spot for which we have no accessible data. One could, for example, imagine a “syllabus count” alongside a citation count, not just for articles and books, but also for all sorts of other resources from datasets to websites. Beyond individual impact, a broad, computable archive of syllabi could be a valuable resource for research on the evolution of disciplines.This grant supports efforts by Joe Karaganis of the American Assembly to develop just such a resource.  Karaganis has assembled a diverse team of data providers, application designers and other collaborators to coordinate a planning and prototyping process aimed at bringing a robust syllabus archive to life.

    To develop a vision and prototype for a large-scale online database of university course syllabi

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