May 17, 2022

New Survey Findings Provide “Funder Perspectives on Open Infrastructure”

From an Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) Blog Post:

2018-05-01_17-07-49A recently conducted a survey to better understand funder perspectives with respect to supporting open infrastructure. Sixteen organizations completed the questionnaire, evenly split between ORFG members and other funding bodies. The results suggest an underlying support for open initiatives and the infrastructure buttressing these activities. This is tempered by reservations about how best to discern and smartly invest in open infrastructure projects.

The ORFG plans to review the findings and chart a defined engagement path on open infrastructure over the second half of 2018.

Survey Respondents

Eight ORFG Members:

  • Arcadia Fund
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • James S. McDonnell Foundation
  • Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Sloan Foundation
  • Wellcome Trust(

Eight Non-Members:

  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Austrian Science Fund Community
  • Foundation for the Twin Tiers
  • Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • Siegel Family Endowment
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance William
  • Flora Hewlett Foundation

Direct to Full Text Findings Report (14 pages; PDF)

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