RWJF Increasing openess in research

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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.



Total Awards

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.

Key Dates

September 16, 2016
Applicant webinar (optional).
A recording is available here.

October 5, 2016
Letters of intent due.

November 16, 2016
Full proposals invited.

December 9, 2016
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

January 16, 2017
Finalist notified of funding recommendations.

March 1, 2017
Grant start date.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

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.


Call for Proposal Brochure

Required specific details for CFP

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Open Access and Research Funders

A Report on Challenges, Opportunities, and Collaboration
Prepared by Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
April, 2016


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About RWJF

RWJF website:
Profile on the Insomnia Hub

Call for Proposal web page

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.

Since 1972, RWJF has supported research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care.

Focus Areas: Built Environment and Health; Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Health Disparities; and Social Determinants of Health


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