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Expanding Open Grants

Led by Hao Ye

Demystify and democratise academic research and the “hidden curriculum” with an open repository of grant proposals, fellowship applications, and job statements.

Led by Hao Ye


Academia has not been inclusive and accessible to everyone. In addition to biases along axes of race, gender, geography, institutional prestige and more, there are often unspoken barriers that constrain who can succeed. Applying open principles to research practices has alleviated some of these barriers. However, another facet involves implicit knowledge around how to write and structure grant proposals, fellowship applications and job statements – aspects that are part of the “hidden curriculum” of academic research. This proposal aims to promote diversity and inclusion in research by improving the accessibility to examples of (both successful and unsuccessful) grant proposals, fellowship applications and job statements – this will build on existing open science practices and continue the process of demystifying and democratising research .

Work at the Sprint

This project seeks to expand upon the efforts of Open Grants. By enhancing both the scope and usability of this existing platform, we will open up formerly closed aspects of the research process in a way that supports reproducibility (by enabling reuse and adaptation), and promotes diversity and inclusion (by removing barriers to certain kinds of resources).

I envision three areas of improvement:

  1. Improving the process for adding new materials
  2. Updating the storage infrastructure; converting to a database and a dedicated application programming interface (API) will improve the scalability of the platform, and facilitate broader usage of the content
  3. Updating the front-end interface

I am looking for…

Folks skilled in software development, design and UX, particularly in the area of online database applications. Some familiarity with academic digital spaces, such as scholarly repositories (including Zenodo, Figshare, Dryad) and ORCID would be helpful as well.