Today, Mozilla is announcing $111,650 in grants to realize more openness in the realm of scientific research. The grants support open hardware development in Latin America, open-source virus tracking tools in Europe, and more.

The six grants span four continents and range in size from $12,000 to $25,000. They are part of Mozilla’s Awards program, which funds researchers, technologists, activists, and others who leverage openness in their respective domains. Past Mozilla Awards have supported open curricula for neuroscience, made gene editing technology more accessible, and equipped Ghanaian researchers with open hardware.

Says Jenn Beard, Program Officer at Mozilla: “Just as openness in technology can spark innovation, openness in science can unlock progress. These six grants will help researchers around the globe work more collaboratively and effectively. They will also fuel the broader movement of making scientific research more open.”

Just as openness in technology can spark innovation, openness in science can unlock progress.

Jenn Beard, Program Officer at Mozilla

The six grantees are:

Project: Latin America Strategy for Open Science Hardware

Organization: Association Citoyenne de Mesure Environnementale (ACME)

Description: This project aims to elaborate a collaborative strategy and resource guide for the open science hardware community in Latin America.

Project: Widening real-time genomic infectious disease epidemiology in response to a global pandemic

Organization: Imperial College London

Description: This project develops secure, open web tools to track viral disease spread using genetics. They will be accessible to researchers and governments worldwide.

Project: Identifying and mitigating bias in deep learning for biomedical data through open science practices

Organization: University of Bern

Description: This project investigates how open science can mitigate bias in biomedical datasets. It raises awareness about racial inequalities in biomedical sciences.

Project: How do you know?

Organization: Kent State University

Description: “How do you know?” is a podcast exploring the process of how data becomes information, knowledge and ultimately informs how we solve problems.

Project: PREreview Open Reviewers: a Mozilla-style Peer Review Mentoring Program

Organization: Code for Science & Society

Description: This cohort-based mentoring program empowers early-career researchers to engage in scholarly peer review and diversifies the reviewer pool.

Project: Open Phage Training Program

Organization: Phages for Global Health

Description: OPTP is a resource for teaching phage lab skills to developing world scientists to enable them to combat the antibiotic resistance crisis.