Clams don't have family reunions!
Proceeding further into the morass, we find the delightful "Kuril Biocomplexity Project: Human Vulnerability and Resilience to Subarctic Change" weighing in at a mere $2.9 million. This is an archaeological project to determine how humans in the Kuril Islands adapted (or didn't adapt) to changing environmental conditions. Yeah, that covers all the bases. I can state with some authority if you live on an island, tsunamis are bad for your health. Gimmee the money.
I understand scientific curiosity. I'm a scientist myself. I just don't see how, when the government is busily spending TRILLIONS of dollars we don't have, why we need to worry about molluscian family connections. I suppose the Kuril study will be useful, though. When it is plain we are in a global cooling disaster, they probably had some nifty survival techniques.
See the whole sad, sordid story for yourself. Searchable NSF grant database