Covalent Data, first impressions

in research, funding, database

Covalent Data is a tool to search over research topics. It seems to have the following features:

Some example searches:

search term “Digital Humanities”. 16 results found
All results are from NSF.

search term “computational social science”. 31 grants
30 publications
Again, all NSF funded grants

“social science” + “big data”. 90 grants. 24 publications

search term “stem cells”. 76k results.

In contrast The NSF grant search tool does allow a download of results, it found the following:

search term “computational social science”. 13 grants

search term “digital humanities”. 23 grants.

search term “stem cells”. 632 grants.

I was puzzeled as to how covalent data found so many more grants for stem cells, when both NSF and NIH reported far fewer.

Overall I’d like to see more grant agency coverage, more clarity around how results are generated, and an export ability. I could see covalent data becoming a useful tool at some point in the future, expecially if I felt that it was taking away the pain of having to go to many different sources to find grant funding information. Right now I’m not sure I trust it, and the results, as returned, are a bit hard to work with for onward analysis.