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 (melanie@cos.io). We look forward to hearing from you.


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