Call for Open Science Awards


The Open Science Awards will recognize and reward researchers or research students who have used Open Science to make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. The call is open to all researchers and PhD students from Dutch universities and research institutes. 

Application is by means of a case study describing their experience with Open Science. We encourage the submission of case studies that explore the challenges and difficulties as well as those that celebrate positive experiences and successful outcomes. We are looking for inspiring accounts of researchers’ motivations for making (or not making) open choices, which offer reasoned assessments of the pros and cons of being open, and are honest about where things didn’t work or could have been done differently.

The Open Science Festival programme committee will rank the submissions and the top five use cases will each receive a prize of €250,-. The winners are expected to give a presentation/demonstration of up to 10 minutes about their use case at the Open Science Festival in Wageningen on August 27th. 

Applicants should describe activities that align to one or more of the following open objectives:

  • making the outputs of research, including publications, data, software and other research materials freely accessible;
  • using online tools and services to increase the transparency of research processes and methodologies;
  • making scientific research more reproducible by increasing the amount and quality of information placed on the public record;
  • using alternative models of publication and peer review to make the dissemination and certification of research faster and more transparent;
  • using open collaborative methods and tools to increase efficiency and widen participation in research.

Applicants can also look at the Reading University Open Research Award Use Cases resulting from a similar call for case studies, which inspired us to do the same.