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ORFG Open Scholarship Seed Awards

Request for Proposals for the First Round is now closed


Our call for the Second Round opens in October 30, 2023

Open scholarship can speed up discoveries, close information gaps, and promote reproducibility and innovation.

However, it's not evenly distributed. To address this, the ORFG created the Open Scholarship Seed Award to support open scholarship activities within under-resourced contexts.

Goal of this Award

We seek to fund forward-looking activities to incentivize the engagement or adoption of open scholarship practices at Minority Serving Institutions in the United States and academic institutions in low and middle-income countries and territories.​

Scroll down to see the Timeline, How to Apply?, and Application Support

For complete instructions, read our Application Guidance Document.

What We Fund?

This award will support activities under the following categories:

 

  • Awareness & Community Building: Promote open scholarship through community events like hackathons, seminars, and discussions on reform strategies to embed open scholarship concepts in existing policies and practices.

  • Capacities: Enhance open scholarship practices, such as summer schools, metadata seminars, open data training, and communicating research results to non-technical audiences.

  • Infrastructure: Development of technology, services, protocols, standards, code, or software needed for open scholarship. This encompasses both technical development considerations, as well as activities that make infrastructure more efficient and sustainable, such as the improvement of governance mechanisms.

 

To foster equitable and inclusive open scholarship practices, the award will not provide funding for any charges related to processing articles (APCs).  

 

All funded proposals must be completed by August 1, 2024.

Awarded funds can be used to fund various activities associated with the proposal.

Who Can Apply?

  • We welcome applications from individuals. Nonetheless, we want to ensure the participation of a wide range of voices and experiences.

  • Strong proposals will consider diverse teams elevating the perspectives of underrepresented actors in their academic fields. 

  • Still unsure if you qualify? Let us decide! Women and under-represented groups often don't apply because they think they don't meet all requirements when they often do! We aim to support diverse and underserved communities and firmly recommend you submit your application.

Timeline

This Request for Proposals will have two funding rounds. We strongly encourage resubmitting in the second round if your proposal isn't accepted in the first round. 

Key Dates First Round

  • July 21, 2023

  • July 31, 2023

  • Aug 18, 2023

  • Aug 23, 2023

  • Sept 8, 2023 

  • Sept 13, 2023

  • Sept 15, 2023

  • Sept 18 - 22, 2023

  • Sept 25 - Oct. 20, 2023

  • Oct 23 - 27, 2023

  • Aug 1, 2024

Webinar for Latin America (Recording & slides).

Application form opens to receive proposals.

First webinar on the Seed Awards Program (Recording & slides)

Webinar for francophone countries in Africa (Recording & slides)

Second webinar on the Seed Awards Program (Recording & slides)

Ask Me Anything. Last minute questions (Register here).

Proposals for this round are due by 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).

Internal review of proposals.

External review of proposals. 

Notification of funding decisions.

End of the period to develop funded activities. 

Key Dates Second Round

  • Oct 30, 2023

  • Nov 10, 2023

  • Dec 1, 2023 

  • Dec 8, 2023

  • Dec 15, 2023

  • Dec 18 - 22, 2023

  • Jan 8 - Feb 2, 2024

  • Feb 5 - 9, 2024

  • Aug. 1, 2024

Application form opens to receive proposals.

First webinar on the Seed Awards Program (register here).

Second webinar on the Seed Awards Program (register here).

Ask Me Anything. Last minute questions.

Proposals for this round are due by 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).

Internal review of proposals.

External review of proposals. 

Notification of funding decisions.

End of the period to develop funded activities. 

Timeline
Webinars

Guidelines

  • Awards will range from 1,000 USD - 4,999 USD.

  • Funded activities should take place before August 1, 2024.

  • Final reports will be due 30 days after the end of the proposed project period and no later than August 30, 2024.

For more details please take a look at our Application Guidance.

How to Apply?

It is quite simple!

How to Apply?

ApplicationSupport

We have created a set of resources to make it easy to apply.

You can check our Application Guidance Document;

Register to any of our live online webinars;

Book an individual office hours session;

Or send us an email with your questions.

Aplication Support

These seed awards are made possible through the generous support of

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We also acknowledge our key collaborator in the development of these awards

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Awardees should provide acknowledgment of the support of The Open Research Funders Group and the Seed Award Program in any output produced using these funds.

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