EPFL Open Science Fund

The program at a glance

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 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 supports 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.


This fund is specifically dedicated to projects leading to the development and adoption of innovative ways of making research accessible, reproducible and reusable, via the curation and dissemination of valuable and original research outputs in all possible forms: scholarly publications, data files, software and hardware, methods and instruments, etc.


All EPFL entities could apply. This includes research units, platforms, centers, administration of schools or departments, as well as central services. Proposals describing collaborations between two or more of these different units were judged particularly favourably.

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Funded projects

18 projects were funded over two calls for proposals. They cover a diversity of topics and disciplines.