August 13, 2015: Data Carpentry Receives Grant from the Moore Foundation

Reposted from the Data Carpentry blog.

We are extremely pleased to announce that Data Carpentry has received $750,000 in funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

With more than $6.4 billion in assets, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is the ninth largest foundation in the United States. The Science Program accounts for approximately 40 percent of the foundation's annual grant making, making the foundation one of the largest private funders of science nationwide.

Data Carpentry is fiscally sponsored project of NumFOCUS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We develop and provide training to researchers in fundamental data skills to enable more effective and efficient research progress.

This grant will help support the project for two years. It will allow us to grow our core team, establish better infrastructure, work with the volunteer community to develop content, conduct more workshops in more scientific domains and plan for sustainability.

The text of our grant proposal is available on Figshare.

We are particularly excited to work with the Moore Foundation with whom we share a mission of enabling data-driven discovery. Our focus is providing training that will help engage a larger population of scientists in tackling data-driven challenges. Although petabytes of data are now available, the missing step between data collection and research progress is a lack of training for scientists in crucial skills for effectively managing and analyzing large amounts of data.

Our goal is to provide researchers high-quality, domain-specific training covering the full life cycle of data-driven research. The focus of our activities on this grant will be:

The success of Data Carpentry is the result of the amazing community that has worked as instructors, content developers, workshop hosts, learners and supporters, and we can't thank you enough for your contributions. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to empower researchers and enable research. We have more information and posts coming soon on how to be involved as an instructor, in developing content or hosting workshops, so stay posted!

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This post originally appeared in the Software Carpentry blog.