Increasing Openness and Transparency in Research

2016 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: September 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: October 05, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET


The purpose of this solicitation is to encourage and support a series of projects aimed at increasing transparency and accountability throughout the research life cycle, with a special emphasis on open access, to increase the speed of the flow of information from funded research to action. RWJF wants to use these grants to help increase our understanding, and the understanding of the research community, about the potential for these approaches to accelerate the discovery process and expand access to research findings.  

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The following criteria are required to apply to this solicitation:

  • All projects must have implications and impact in the United States.
  • Lead organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. International individuals and organizations can partner with U.S.-based institutions in order to apply (see more information below).
  • Previous work in open access and/or open science.

Applicant organizations may partner with other organizations in order to fulfill the purpose of this solicitation, eligibility requirements, and selection criteria. While the eligibility of each collaborating organization must be described in the proposal, only one U.S.-based organization may represent the collaboration and be the lead contact in the application process.

Key Dates

September 16, 2016
Applicant webinar (optional).
A recording is available here.

October 5, 2016
Letters of intent due.

November 16, 2016
Full proposals invited.

December 9, 2016
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

January 16, 2017
Finalist notified of funding recommendations.

March 1, 2017
Grant start date.

Total Awards

Up to $1.5 million has been allocated for this work, and the Foundation anticipates making six–eight individual awards for projects to be completed within 12–24 months. It is anticipated that the award will begin March 1, 2017.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
October 05, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET

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