Grantee Profile

Columbia University

Grants to Columbia University

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 2 years)

    Discovery Grants

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Based at Columbia University, the Declassification Engine is a new multidisciplinary initiative bringing together social scientists and data scientists to help break the logjam within the U.S. government over how to manage official secrecy in the age of "big data." By developing new computational methods and creating open source tools, it seeks to demonstrate how technology can ensure maximum efficiency, transparency, and accountability consistent with national security imperatives, with the aim of helping to improve and expedite the declassification process. At the same time, this technology will help citizens take ownership of the public record and hold government more accountable on the choices made about secrecy.

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    International Peace & Security

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Founded in 1951, the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies' members conduct a wide variety of instructional activities through the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. This grant would provide funding for the Institute's Summer Workshop on Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy, a program that seeks to foster scholars sufficiently grounded in strategic studies. This grant aligns with MacArthur's future funding area to strengthen the teaching of grand strategy. Funds would be used for lecturers, foreign student and faculty participation, small group dinners, and administrative support.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights & International Justice

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — For establishing a Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research to house the archives of leading human rights organizations.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Columbia University $650,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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