Partnerships are vital to achieving the COS mission.

American Geophysical Union

The American Geophysical Union has partnered with COS on the development of a directory aimed at helping Earth and space science authors and journals find appropriate places to deposit data based on data types, disciplines, and other relevant repository factors.

American Political Science Association

The Experimental Research Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) currently uses the EGAP Registry. The EGAP Registry will be integrated with the Open Science Framework to increase the registry’s visibility within the social science community.

Association for Psychological Science
The Association for Psychological Science journal, Psychological Science, has adopted badges to recognize researchers who follow open practices. And, the journal, Perspectives on Psychological Science, adopted Registered Replication Reports with a grant for replications from COS.
Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries is a nonprofit organization comprised of university and research libraries across the United States. ARL is working in conjunction with COS to create the SHARE notification service to connect scientists with relevant research.

Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences
BITSS works with COS to increase reproducibility and transparency in social sciences. BITSS provides workshops and training for social scientists, including instruction on using the Open Science Framework.
Busara Center for Economics

COS will support the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics research project, The Deliberative Lives Project, on the Open Science Framework (OSF).


DataCite and COS are partnering to explore and support activities related to re3data, an open global registry of research data repositories, and the Open Science Framework. Ideas include developing proofs-of-concept to design new features and functionality through integration, testing these ideas with user communities, and creating complementary user services that will benefit the scientific community.

Electrochemical Society
The Electrochemical Society (ECS) has partnered with COS to adopt COS's free, open science tools and incentive programs. Both groups will also explore publishing platform needs as ECS transitions to an Open Access publications model.
eLife Sciences Publications
eLife has partnered with COS and Science Exchange to be the publisher for the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology. Each paper that will be replicated for the metascience project will undergo peer review at eLife using the Registered Report format with the results of these experiments published in a Replication Study.
COS and Elsevier will increase the use and discoverability of scientific research through dataset and article linking. Research articles found on ScienceDirect, a database operated by Elsevier containing abstracts and full-text articles from thousands of peer-reviewed journals, will be linked with their respective datasets on the Open Science Framework.
Evidence in Governance and Politics
Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) has partnered with COS to integrate the EGAP Registry with the Open Science Framework.
Foundation for Earth Science
The Foundation for Earth Science has partnered with COS on the use of the OSF to support ESIP Testbed projects, the Technology Evaluation Framework (TEF), and ESIP Federation meetings.
Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition

GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. GODAN and COS have agreed to work together to develop new programming and open initiatives.

Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA)

LISA and COS have partnered on an initiative to enhance the quality and impact of research conducted at institutions in African countries by training researchers to become collaborative statisticians through transparent and reproducible research practices.

Open Knowledge
Open Knowledge has partnered with COS on the development of Open Trials, an online database of the world's clinical research trials. This project will utilize the Open Science Framework infrastructure to advance transparency and public access to clinical research trials information.
Prometheus Research
Prometheus Research has partnered with COS on use of the OSF and its application programming interface (API), to connect with their open source, integrated Research Exchange Database to create a library of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) instruments. This will enable OSF users to easily utilize EDC instruments within their OSF projects. has partnered with COS on using the Open Science Framework to host and archive past and future life sciences research protocols found on
Retraction Watch
The Center For Scientific Integrity (CSI), the parent organization of Retraction Watch, has partnered with COS to create a database of retractions on the Open Science Framework.
Science Exchange
Science Exchange has partnered with COS to conduct the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology. Science Exchange organizes providers and connects research labs with the metascience effort.
SocArXiv and COS have partnered to develop a free, open access, open source archive for social science research. This initiative will help facilitate faster, more open sharing of research on an open access platform for the social sciences.
Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences
Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) is an NSF-funded project that supports free data collections on representative samples of U.S. adults for experimental research. COS and TESS have partnered to host TESS's entire historical and future data catalog of more than 300 experiments on the Open Science Framework.
University of California, Riverside
UCR has partnered with COS on a campus-wide interdisciplinary project, Institutional Re-engineering Ethical Discourse in STEM (iREDS), to use the OSF in a randomized control trial (RCT) studying the effects of interventions in standard ethics training.
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame and COS have partnered to advance open science initiatives by integrating Notre Dame services with the Open Science Framework (OSF). Notre Dame will adopt the OSF at the instutional level, OSF for Institutions.

Partner with COS on Grant Funding Proposals

The Center for Open Science (COS) welcomes interest in partnership on grant funding proposals. As an independent, 501c3 non-profit, COS is eligible to receive funding through a range of mechanisms. We have experience partnering on many types of projects and welcome new opportunities to advance the mission of openness and transparency in science, and where all partners can add value to their respective missions.

COS evaluates partnership opportunities against the core values of the COS mission and how well priorities align. We can only partner on development of projects that lead to open products and greater transparency in science. We do not do stand-alone contract software development.

COS has an internal vetting process that will require a few days to complete, and then additional time will be required to prepare any materials needed to submit approved proposals.

In order to help us evaluate potential funding partnerships, please provide:

  • Details about the RFP and funding source, including any relevant links

  • Any tasks we need to complete to participate and the deadlines.

  • What you are aiming to accomplish through a partnership, including what you would hope to contribute and what you would hope for COS to contribute

  • The amount of funding you expect to seek in the opportunity

  • All due dates, including internal and final submission dates

Example grant-funded partnerships include:

  • Partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on two different NSF grants in support of the LookIt online developmental lab. Our specific collaboration involves development of an experimental data collection interface for the LookIt project, leveraging the Open Science Framework infrastructure.

  • Partnership with the University of California, Riverside on two different NSF grants. The first collaboration involves advising on the design and execution of a randomized controlled trial evaluating interventions for ethical discourse in STEM research. The second collaboration involves development of an experimental data collection interface for international psychological studies, leveraging the Open Science Framework infrastructure.

  • Partnership with the University of Virginia on a NIH supplemental grant for the Biotechnology Training Program (BTP). Our specific collaboration involves development and presentation of reproducible and open practice curriculum content and development of new features for the Open Science Framework.

Please send any inquiries for such funding partnerships to COS’ Donor and Funder Relations Lead, Melanie Benjamin ( We look forward to hearing from you.