Increase our support for scientific open source | by Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative | March 2022
Open source software is the basis of modern biomedicine. It accelerates scientific discovery by being free and publicly available, allowing anyone to use, adapt and build on existing work. As part of our vision for open science at CZI, we are committed to supporting the creators and maintainers of critical tools used by researchers around the world. That is why we are delighted to open the fifth round of funding for our Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS) to support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement for some of the most widely used software tools in biomedicine.
The EOSS program supports fundamental, domain-specific software tools from a wide range of scientific disciplines. This fifth cycle will continue this approach while encouraging applications in areas particularly relevant to CZI Science that will accelerate our efforts to develop new research, institutes and technologies to measure and observe human biology in new ways to benefit human health. These three areas of biomedicine – infectious diseases, imaging and single cell biology – are highly dependent on computational tools. The EOSS program will enable developers and maintainers to further develop and stabilize open source tools to benefit scientists in these fields and more.
Since the launch of the EOSS program in 2019, we have supported more than 100 critical open source software projects for biomedical research for a total of $22.9 million. Learn more about all of our open source software recipients.
We are excited to support the evolution of the open source ecosystem and foster its growth, whether through our fifth round of EOSS or by encouraging other science funders to support these vital tools. Support for open source software continues to grow. Government and philanthropic funders have made considerable investments in recent years, such as the Moore Foundation’s support for the next decade of scientific Python; offices of open source programs sponsored by the Sloan Foundation and FOSS Contributor Funds; the Virtual Institute for Scientific Software funded by Schmidt Futures; grants in support of open source tools and library software by NASA’s Open Science Initiative; and awards from the French government to support open source research software.
Coordinating donor support for open source scientific software is essential to ensure the sustainable growth of the ecosystem. CZI recently joined the Research Software Alliance (ReSA) Funder Forum, a collaboration of funding organizations committed to supporting research software and its maintainers as fundamental and vital to research. Through the ReSA Funders Forum and other initiatives, CZI hopes to inspire other funders to prioritize support for open source software.
Learn more and apply for the EOSS tender before April 19, and share this opportunity widely. For administrative and programmatic requests, technical assistance, or other questions, please contact [email protected]
Learn more about our work in open science.
Carly Strasser, Science Program Manager, Open Science
Carly is an open science advocate and former biology researcher, working at the interface of researchers and those who support them. As Program Manager for Open Science at CZI, she works to support organizations and individuals that enable open, reproducible, and accessible research. Prior to joining CZI, Carly worked to support researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the California Digital Library.
Dario Taraborelli, Science Program Manager, Open Science
Dario is a social computing researcher and open knowledge advocate. As the Scientific Program Manager for Open Science at CZI, her goal is to create programs and technologies to support open, reproducible, and accessible research. Prior to joining CZI, he was Director, Head of Research at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that runs Wikipedia and its sister projects.