My research has been directly funded via grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the American Library Association. These grants have supported graduate students, research and travel expenses, and research stipends as approved by my institution.

I have served as a paid consultant/advisor for academic projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Institutes of Health. I often receive honoraria for talks delivered to professional societies, academic associations, and other settings as appropriate.

I have provided expert advice/consultation for Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and others, with the organizations covering related travel expenses as needed. At times I have received an honorarium for my time. I have also served as a paid consultant for various private parties on matters that are bound by non-disclosure agreements.  

My postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Law School Information Society Project was funded through a gift by Microsoft. Microsoft had no influence on the work I pursued during that time. 

In 2019, I assisted Marquette University in obtaining an unrestricted gift from Facebook in “support for non-profits and organizations whose work in the area of research on applied research ethics and consent approaches and with whom we’d like to foster collaboration over time.” In 2022, Meta provided an additional unrestricted gift in support of the Center for Data, Ethics, and Society. Facebook/Meta has no influence in how the funds are used.

Michael Zimmer, PhD, is a privacy and data ethics scholar in the Department of Computer Science at Marquette University.