Open Science Initiative is a non-profit organization that is working to improve innovation and collaboration within science.
We're looking at the process of innovation in science in a new way. One of the primary aims of our initiative is to create a prize-based mechanism for funding research. With prize-based funding, our organization publishes specific objectives to be achieved as conditions to receiving the prize funding. Prizes would be open for competition from all researchers in the scientific community.
Prize-based funding has been very successful in the private sector for stimulating innovation (i.e. X-Prize). However this type of funding mechanism has not been applied in the academic research community. Our aim is to implement academic prizes to encourage a new type of innovation in the scientific community.
Whether you are a scientist or donor, contact us to find out how you can contribute! Also - check out our new Getting Started Guide
Armen Arevian, MD, PhD
Founder, Open Science Initiative
Scientists, join the community and help create and vote on prizes, search for prizes to accomplish, or help with development. Donors, want to have direct impact on the progress of scientific research? Sign up to review prizes that you might want to fund and get to know the community.
Take a look at our Getting Started Guide to learn more about how we are approaching scientific innovation, learn more about scientific prizes, and how you can become involved.
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In the Press
Pittsburgh Technology Council interview discussing Open Science Initiative for TEQ Magazine podcast: radio interview
Founder, Armen Arevian, named one of "Pittsburgh 40 under 40" by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP for 2009 for his work fostering collaboration in science. view