Grantee Profile

Carnegie Mellon University

Grants to Carnegie Mellon University

  • $25,000

    2017 (Inactive Grant)

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — MetroLab Network is a group of more than 35 city-university partnerships focused on bringing data, analytics, and innovation to city government. Its mission is to pair university researchers with city policymakers to undertake research, development and deployment of projects that improve infrastructure, public services and environmental sustainability. The award supports a planning workshop convening diverse experts from local government, academia and civil society to scope the MetroLab Roundtable on Urban Instrumentation. The workshop will consider the topics, structure, and outputs of the initiative, which aims to explore the civil liberties, societal and ethical implications of urban instrumentation.

  • $1,000,000

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 7 months)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — Founded in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global research university with highly ranked departments of engineering, computer science, and public policy. The Metro Lab Network (the Network) is a group of city-university partnerships working to harness information technologies to improve conditions in cities. Administratively supported by Carnegie Mellon University, but governed by its charter members, the Network aims to accelerate research, development, and deployment of technology- and analytically-based solutions to problems of city systems, infrastructure, and service delivery.

  • $600,000

    2015 (Duration 3 years)

    Human Rights

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — The Center for Human Rights Science (the Center) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) brings together scientists and human rights practitioners committed to the transparent and rigorous assessment of the state of human rights, and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration to promote the development and application of scientific methods for collecting, analyzing, and communicating human rights information. This award enables the Center to advance its work across three areas: 1) acting as an incubator for scientific and technological innovation in service of the human rights field; 2) helping bridge the worlds of science and technology, human rights law and advocacy, and public policy through mutually beneficial collaborations and research activities; and 3) organizing workshops and providing fellowships that create opportunities for mutual learning and concrete, needs-based problem solving among scientists and technologists, human rights advocates, representatives of philanthropic organizations, and government funding agencies.

  • $175,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Human Rights Science encourages the development and application of scientific methods for collecting, analyzing, and communicating human rights information in an inter-disciplinary environment. The grant will support a study and related convening exploring the intersection of human rights and big data, including opportunities and challenges for applying new forms of data analytics and machine learning to advance human rights research and advocacy.

  • $780,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — With previous support, Carnegie Mellon University designed, developed, and subjected to a small-scale pilot test the technological infrastructure for Working Examples, an interactive platform for sharing information about digital media learning environments that incorporate games, social networks, virtual worlds, massive multiplayer online games, and mobile devices that makes it possible for users to comment on and collaboratively refine the design of these learning environments. Carnegie will use this grant to continue to develop the platform, including recruiting an expert advisory board to guide its expansion, and creating a business plan to ensure sustainability over time.

  • $500,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — To adapt and modify learning applications for widespread use in schools and libraries, museums, and after-school programs.

  • $485,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — To develop a multimedia approach to sharing best practices in learning.

  • $500,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — To design and build the physical and virtual site for a pilot digital media youth program in the Chicago Public Library that will serve to launch a Chicago learning network.

  • $277,540

    1985 (Inactive Grant)


    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — To support collaborative research: the Child Language Data Exchange (over two years).

  • $100,000

    1983 (Inactive Grant)


    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — To support research on a child-language data-exchange system (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Carnegie Mellon University $4,442,540 between 1978 and 2018.

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