Increasing Openness and Transparency in Research

Funding Agency:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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.  

Deadline for Letters of Intent: Oct. 5, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

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.

Amount Description

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.

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 5, 2016