30 new projects launched in Open Science Fund; new round of applications is open

In the first package of the second round of the Open Science Fund, 30 projects will receive a financial boost of up to EUR 50,000. This second round is particularly intended for project proposals aimed at further developing open science in fields or disciplines where it is not yet the norm or projects that promote open science in a large group or community. This round is also intended for project proposals that promote collaboration between different organisations and disciplines and between academic and support staff.

The awarded projects cover a broad spectrum of new open science practices across all scientific disciplines. These include a project aimed at developing a cost-effective open-source rotating camera system for continuous monitoring of weather effects on vegetation and agriculture by Dr F.J. Ellsäßer (University of Twente). Prof Dr M.E. Kret (Leiden University) is creating a social media channel on love and relationships with the "Love Open Science" project, with the aim of making open science accessible precisely to people who hardly ever come into contact with it.  And Dr J. Sun (TU Delft) creates an open platform for modular, real-time and data-driven aerospace research in the Tangram project.

See the overview of all awarded projects in Open Science Fund 2023 - package 23-1

A new element in this round is that applicants reviewed each other. Each reviewer was given 10 applications to review and each application was reviewed by a similar number of reviewers. The advantage of this method is that the open science community can learn from each other's ideas because pioneers in the field of open science will read each other's ideas at an early stage.

The New Open Science Fund package is open for applications

The Open Science Fund 2023 grants of a maximum of €50,000 are intended to support projects specifically designed to implement and stimulate open-science practices. NWO wants to stimulate open science by incentivizing and rewarding researchers who are or would like to be, at the forefront of this movement. Read more on the NWO website.

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