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: University of Washington
    amount: $124,370
    city: Seattle, WA
    year: 2016

    To develop up-to-date pricing and quality metrics that enable researchers to better compare Open Access journals to other Open Access and non-Open Access journals

    • Program Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Jevin West

    To develop up-to-date pricing and quality metrics that enable researchers to better compare Open Access journals to other Open Access and non-Open Access journals

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  • grantee: National Science Communication Institute
    amount: $20,000
    city: Seattle, WA
    year: 2016

    To partially support the inaugural meeting of the Open Scholarship Initiative

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

    To partially support the inaugural meeting of the Open Scholarship Initiative

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  • grantee: FORCE11
    amount: $20,000
    city: San Diego, CA
    year: 2016

    To partially support the 2016 Future of Research Communication and eScholarship meeting

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

    To partially support the 2016 Future of Research Communication and eScholarship meeting

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  • grantee: Hypothesis Project
    amount: $394,465
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2016

    To establish sustainable business models for the Hypothes.is web annotation platform

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

    Hypothes.is is a web-based annotation platform that enables users to annotate online documents and share their annotations with others. Supported by the Sloan Foundation from conception through prototyping, the platform now has 10,000 regular users and is seeing increasing use among lawyers, journalists, and academic researchers. Interest from the academic publishing community has been particularly noteworthy, as several publishers have developed their own, expensive, internal annotation systems as part of their publication review and editing process. This grant supports efforts by Hypothes.is to move the platform away from philanthropic support and toward independent financial sustainability. Grant funds support the hiring of a head of business development, software modifications that will allow the platform to function on a software-as-a-service model; and the creation of administrative interfaces for client publishers.

    To establish sustainable business models for the Hypothes.is web annotation platform

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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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