EPFL Open Science Fund

Call for Proposals – Funding opportunity


One of the missions of EPFL is to perform world-class research and disseminate the resulting knowledge and technologies as broadly as possible to maximize their impact on the research of others, and on society at large. However, there are several cultural and technological barriers that make it hard to openly share some of the research outputs. In order to overcome these barriers and promote open and reproducible research at EPFL through the bottom-up adoption of best practice in research management and knowledge dissemination, the EPFL Presidency has decided to dedicate a total of CHF 3 Mio over the period 2019-2021 in the form of an Open Science Fund.


The EPFL Open Science Fund will support projects that explicitly aim at increasing the use of tools and best practice in research management, as well as lowering the technical, social, and cultural barriers that prevent scientists from sharing knowledge with other researchers, and ultimately with anyone outside of the academic community.

Accordingly, this fund will be specifically dedicated to projects leading to the development and adoption of innovative ways of making research robust, accessible and reusable at any stage of the research life cycle, and via the curation and dissemination of valuable and original research outputs in all possible forms: scholarly publications, data files of all kinds, the associated metadata, software and hardware, experimental setups, methods and instruments, etc. A mentorship program will be offered to help projects identify the best strategy to achieve these goals.

Call for proposals

A call for proposal is now open and all EPFL entities are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes research units, platforms, centres, administration of schools or departments, as well as central services. Proposals describing collaborations between two or more of these different units will be judged particularly favourably.

The funding can be used for the launch of new activities, to develop existing activities or adopt activities existing elsewhere. More specifically, the fund aims at supporting two types of initiatives:

  1. Pilot services and training programs aimed at the EPFL research community, as well as the development of new tools – or the promotion of the use of existing tools – leading to the adoption of open science practices at EPFL and beyond. Budget: typically CHF 300,000.- over 3 years.
  2. Activities aiming at implementing open science practices in a new or existing research project, beyond the state-of-the-art in the corresponding discipline. Budget: typically CHF 150,000.- over 18 months.

The funding will be awarded on a competitive basis. Examples of activities, as well as eligible costs are provided in the application guidelines, together with the eligibility criteria and a description of the selection process.

Submission & Call Deadline

All documents from the application package are available for download below. Applications should be sent by email to research@epfl.ch before the submission deadline set for 14 December 2018 (17:00 CET).

Application documents:

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