Grant Highlights

  • The Carnegie Corporation of New York has supported the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) Project with a grant of $307,500 through Carnegie’s International Peace & Security Program. The TRIP Project, which is part of the Global Research Institute, provides a platform for collaborative research that improves contemporary debate, policy, and practice. Carnegie’s grant will enable the TRIP Project to help close the gap between the academic discipline of international relations and the foreign policy community, fostering better understanding between the two groups.
  • The Jessie Ball duPont Fund recently awarded $156,201 to William & Mary’s School of Education for the expansion of its Principal Academy. In a time when principals’ opportunities for professional development are restricted by limited education budgets, the Principal Academy mentors and supports K-12 principals throughout the state of Virginia, building their leadership skills and increasing their capacity to improve student learning. Thanks to the support of the duPont Fund, the Principal Academy will be able to reach an additional 90 principals over the next three years, and the faculty of the Academy will develop a long-term strategic plan. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has generously supported William & Mary since 1978.
  • Equal Justice Works awarded William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law an $82,000 fellowship to support the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic (Puller Clinic). Since its inception in 2008, the Puller Clinic has helped dozens of United States veterans file complex disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Hailed as a model for replication nationally, the Puller Clinic utilizes a network of higher education institutions to address veterans’ legal and psychological needs. The support of Equal Justice Works will enable the Puller Clinic to expand its network to include healthcare organizations and court systems and reach a greater number of veterans. Equal Justice Works is a nonprofit organization sponsored by Covington & Burling LLP and the  Northrop Grumman Corporation.
  • A grant of $100,000 was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Exploration Initiative for faculty members from William & Mary’s Biology and Applied Science departments. Faculty will integrate acoustic engineering with bird ecology in developing innovative sonic “nets” that deter pest birds from crops. These nets use new acoustic technology to block communication between pest birds in crop areas and thus force them to relocate to regions where they are able to hear predators and each other. The Grand Challenges Exploration Initiative supports pioneering ideas that tackle important global health and development problems. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed over $6 million to research at William & Mary since 2001.
  • The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation awarded the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) a first-time grant of $400,000 for vital science equipment. This two-to-one challenge grant will allow VIMS to acquire a top-of-the-line Spectral Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope, to be complemented by a BDInflux Cell Sorter and an Ion PGM Sequencer acquired with other funds. These devices will help faculty members and students conduct groundbreaking research in fields such as toxicology, harmful algal blooms, shellfish pathology, and cell biology. The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has supported William & Mary since 1997, providing major grants to the renovations of the historic Brafferton and the Sir Christopher Wren Building.
  • This year the university received a $151,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation for scholarships benefitting female students at William & Mary. Scholarship recipients come from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Providing need-based scholarships for students is one of William & Mary’s top fundraising priorities, and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation consistently helps the university reach this goal. Since 1987, The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation has contributed over $2 million to William & Mary for need-based financial aid, supporting dozens of talented students on campus.
  • William & Mary has received an unprecedented five-year grant of $25 million from USAID for the AidData Center for Development Policy, a global network of university partners that is helping USAID and other development agencies reduce the cost and increase the impact of their aid programs. AidData is a comprehensive database tracking over one million development finance projects. It was initially supported by $5 million in funding from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. AidData is now widely regard as a global leader in the provision of reliable, timely, and detailed information about foreign assistance projects.