Wellcome Trust has announced a call for applications for the Open Research Fund to support researchers to develop and test incentives for making health research more open, accessible and reusable.

Wellcome Trust welcomes proposals that encourage collaboration across international borders, and between different organisations, sectors and disciplines. They encourage you to consider including a team member or collaborator with behavioural or social science expertise.
Wellcome Trust doesn’t want to be prescriptive with this funding – you should go to them with your ideas. Examples could include the following:
  • Develop and test new metrics to track the impact of making a full range of research outputs open and accessible. Assign credit to researchers and their teams (which may include data scientists, software developers and others).
  • Pilot new approaches to recognise and reward open research contributions in research assessment processes – including recruitment, promotion, tenure and funding.
  • Test novel approaches to stimulate or nudge behaviour change within or across research fields – for example, developing rewards to recognise good practice.
  • Develop and evaluate approaches to embed open research behaviours within organisations or research fields – for example, trialling novel approaches for training researchers or supporting networks of open research ‘champions’.
Funding Information
You can ask for funding of up to £100,000 for up to two years.
Eligibility Criteria
  • You can apply to the Open Research Fund if you want to develop and test incentives for making health research more open, accessible and reusable.
  • These awards are open to individuals or teams of up to six members.
  • Applicants can be based anywhere in the world apart from mainland China.
  • You can apply if you’re based at:
    • an academic research organisation
    • a not-for-profit body
    • a private sector organisation.
For more information, visit Wellcome Trust.
Name of the Organisation
Wellcome Trust
Grant Amount
Euro 100,000
Closing date of Proposal
Friday, 12 March, 2021
RFP Email
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