The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds billions of dollars each year for research yet it has no public access portal for publications resulting from funding like NIH’s PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/. That’s changing, but for now, you can see publications tied to specific funding awards by viewing the award page for a specific grant on the NSF site http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/.
This data is imperfect and unverified since it was collected by scraping citations from annual reports filed for each grant. But, some data is better than no data. And, knowing the information is presented on a webpage means it is also stored in a database that can be systematically accessed.
It took the help of Jolene Jesse, an NSF program officer, but getting a copy of the NSF awards database from the beginning until 2013 (when my request was made) allowed me to extract publications tied to a single NSF program. Granted it was in two separate Access databases (due to size limitations of Access) and crossed 19 database tables, but I’d rather have too much data than too little data.
This effort came about when a researcher mentioned how hard it was to add funding attributions to a topical bibliographic database she was amassing. We connected, wrangled the data and increased the richness of her database by taking big data, the archives of all NSF awards, and making them small and focused within the context of a specific database and research project.