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: Planetwork NGO, Inc.
    amount: $20,000
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2011

    To support a workshop on reputation systems and web annotation

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

    To support a workshop on reputation systems and web annotation

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  • grantee: Association of American Universities
    amount: $94,041
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2011

    To plan the launch of a sustainable media outlet for communicating with the public about academic research results

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Andrew Jaspan

    To plan the launch of a sustainable media outlet for communicating with the public about academic research results

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $124,996
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2011

    To create a graphical, open-source Citation Style Language (CSL) editor that can be used to develop, edit, and customize bibliographic reference styles

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Damon Jaggars

    To create a graphical, open-source Citation Style Language (CSL) editor that can be used to develop, edit, and customize bibliographic reference styles

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  • grantee: Library of Congress
    amount: $38,750
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2011

    To support a two-day meeting to identify gray literature preservation priorities in the sciences

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Martha Anderson

    To support a two-day meeting to identify gray literature preservation priorities in the sciences

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  • grantee: Social Science Research Network
    amount: $60,490
    city: Rochester, NY
    year: 2011

    To develop a plan for extending the Social Science Research Network's scope to include research data as well as preprint articles

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

    To develop a plan for extending the Social Science Research Network's scope to include research data as well as preprint articles

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  • grantee: National Information Standards Organization
    amount: $222,706
    city: Baltimore, MD
    year: 2011

    To develop a new specification for the real-time synchronization of web resources housed in separate repositories

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Todd Carpenter

    No central authority tracks updates to an article or a dataset as it moves through various publication channels or institutional, disciplinary, or personal repositories over the course of its lifetime. A scholarly research paper, for example, might be available on a preprint server, the author's home page, a journal's website, and in an institutional repository. Imagine the difficulty an author would face should she wish to add a passage about updated findings to previous versions of the paper. The proliferation of copies means online materials behave surprisingly like physical paper; once you print out a copy of an article, the author can't push revisions to your copy. To address this need, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is beginning a project to convene a group of key computer and information scientists to develop a standard for the versioning and synchronization of web resources. They also plan to hold a series of workshops that follow the community development process, resulting in a codified standard that meets the needs of publishers, repositories, and other stewards of scholarly products. Alongside other work on data citation, annotation, and canonical author identifiers, the resulting NISO standard would be a valuable tool to facilitate the publication of scholarship and research data on the web, and is likely to be useful in other contexts as well. Funds from this grant will provide partial support for NISO's efforts over the next two years.

    To develop a new specification for the real-time synchronization of web resources housed in separate repositories

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  • grantee: Public Library of Science
    amount: $353,393
    city: San Francisco, CA
    year: 2011

    To develop, deploy, and promote Article Level Metrics tools and approaches

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Peter Binfield

    From a user's perspective, rapid-publication "megajournals" like PLoS ONE share a common problem with preprint servers like arXiv or the Social Science Research Network: without traditional quality indicators, researchers are left having to make sense of an ever-growing pile of undifferentiated articles. Readers need better mechanisms at the article level to enable them to see in a moment how one paper relates to others in terms of citation, usage, and other indicators of quality so that they can easily make informed choices about which papers are most relevant to their own research and interests. This two-year grant to the Public Library of Science supports efforts to develop, deploy, and promote just such article-level metrics both for PLoS and for the wider academic community. Funds will support three related activities. First, the PLoS team will extend their existing publishing platform to pull in data well beyond basic download counts, from inbound web links to usage statistics via popular research management platforms like Mendeley and Zotero. Second, PLoS will substantially refine the interfaces used to present that data, testing a number of design approaches to determine what visualizations are most helpful to their users. Finally, PLoS will launch a substantial outreach program, circulating white papers and engaging both open-access and commercial publishers in a broad conversation about article-level metrics adoption. Code developed through this grant will be released under a free/open-source license.

    To develop, deploy, and promote Article Level Metrics tools and approaches

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $334,667
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2011

    To study the feasibility of an online and open access Mathematical Heritage Library

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Scott Weidman

    Funds from this grant support a project by the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications to study the feasibility of creating an online, open-access Mathematical Heritage Library. Issues to be addressed by the study include evaluating the potential value of such a library, identifying desired and useful capabilities for the library, assessing potential obstacles and challenges to the development process, and estimating probable costs of the library's development, deployment, and maintenance.

    To study the feasibility of an online and open access Mathematical Heritage Library

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  • grantee: The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
    amount: $107,500
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2011

    To develop and test with the Modern Language Association (MLA) an alpha version of a "Commons-in-a-Box" software tool for scholarly communities first developed at City University of New York

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Matthew Gold

    To develop and test with the Modern Language Association (MLA) an alpha version of a "Commons-in-a-Box" software tool for scholarly communities first developed at City University of New York

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $15,000
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2011

    To support the Microsoft Research eScience Workshop: Transforming Scholarly Communication

    • Program Digital Technology
    • Sub-program Scholarly Communication
    • Investigator Alyssa Goodman

    To support the Microsoft Research eScience Workshop: Transforming Scholarly Communication

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