Funding Open Science projects - thoughts, ideas, experience, bureaucracy

We have started to discuss with @Gavin possible funding opportunities for the Open Science related projects. You can share here some thoughts and possible funding opportunities, fellowships (for-profit and non-profit organisations and communities), as well as personal experience and organisation related bureaucracy. It is good to have all in one place.


Great initiative!

Will start there.

Open Collective platform for open and transparent managing donations. Everybody can see from where funding is coming and how it is spent. The advantage is that there is no need to officially register an organisation, it can be fiscally hosted on one of umbrella organisations listed there (like Open Collective Europe or Open Collective Paris where Open Science TV is registered).

Shuttleworth foundation funds individuals which advocate in openness and social change. There is no need to submit the project proposal, just write idea and describe it in answers to questions. SF application also requires to make a short 5 min video describing the project idea. Next call for 2022 round will be in August 2021.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hopefully is aware about Open Science :grinning: They supported initiatives like ASAPbio, medRxiv & bioRxiv,


EOSC secretariat have some funding opportunities for co-creation project, the next (and last) deadline is the 2nd of December 2020.

Mozilla Foundation proposes fellowships:

A pervasive internet has the potential to uplift society — it can promote democracy, open markets, and free expression. But it can also promote polarization, mass surveillance, and misinformation. More than ever, we need a movement to ensure the internet remains a force for good. Mozilla Fellows are web activists, open-source researchers and scientists, engineers, and technology policy experts who work on the front lines of that movement. Fellows develop new thinking on how to address emerging threats and challenges facing a healthy internet.

Volkswagen Stiftung supports research, science communication and open science practices.


@sivashchenko, thanks for starting a public thread on this (we initiated this discussion in the JellyPBC Slack):

Apart from taking the top down, bird’s-eye view of the funding landscape, we also did a bottom-up search of individual funders who fund meta-research explicitly:

  • The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is the biggest funder of meta-research we’re currently aware of which specifically has a focus area on research integrity[73]. From 2011-2017 the Arnold foundation has given about $81 million to meta-research causes like the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) [74], the Centre for Open Science[75], and several other initiatives[76].

  • Two other foundations working on this issue identified by the Open Philanthropy Project[77]:

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications programme[78], which funds projects that can be classified as meta-research such as the web-based annotation programme[79].

  • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Data-Driven Discovery programme, which has made $58,815,543 in grants since 2013[80], some of which are in meta-research such as funding the Data Carpentry project[81].

  • Both and Data Carpentry are projects that have been considered by us for further investigating as a funding opportunity.

  • In addition, other smaller funders in this space are:

  • The Sloan Foundation[82]

  • The Office of Research Integrity [83]

  • The Open Philanthropy Project has investigated meta-research in the past[84],[85], but has not made any grants in the area as far as we are aware.

  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has recently announced the acquisition of Meta, a search engine for scientific research.[86]

  • Similarly, The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has created Semantic Scholar[87], which is also a search engine for scientific research.


For innovative funding models, I think the Supporting Membership offered by Liberate Science look interesting. Inverse Open Grant Proposals could also be promising. IGDORE is thinking about experimenting with both of these funding models in the near future.


UNESCO has also expressed interest in Open Science, see the post/comments below for a link to their recent webinar, my summary, and further discussion. I expect that there could be opportunities for OS grants/contracts associated with UNESCO.

There’s also pressuring our respective governments into funding open science projects now and in the future… In indonesia, i am proposing this:

  1. creation of a small parallel system for open science system, some sort of pilot project

  2. among sub-systems that i proposed were redalyc and curatescience

  3. project participants are those in the largest indonesian public universities, and private equivalent which wish to participate

  4. funding to be provided by philantropists such as external (e.g. chan zuckerberg foundation which funded medrxiv to the tune of 2 million dollars) and internal ones (such as sampoerna foundation, or even the foundations owned by indonesian education and culture minister, who is the boss of the dg)

  5. when the testing or pilot prove successful, then we move to alpha, beta, and full launch, the latter using fully public funding

Btw, @dasaptaerwin / @Dasapta_Erwin_Irawan:

Why the radio silence from bu mega and dirjen dikti? :slight_smile:


CZI just announced funding for several Open Software and Open Science projects.