OPEN-SOURCE ECOSYSTEMS & NETWORKS RESEARCH AWARDS


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AWARD PROGRAM OVERVIEW


The University of Vermont Open-Source Ecosystems and Networks (OCEAN) research team has launched the Open-Source Ecosystems and Networks Research Awards program, with an application deadline of November 1, 2021. The OCEAN awards program will support a global network of researchers who are working to deepen understanding of how people, teams, and organizations thrive in technology-rich settings, especially in open-source projects and communities.

“The mission of OCEAN is to study how open-source communities come together to solve complex problems,” says UVM Professor Laurent Hébert-Dufresne. “To do so, the OCEAN project itself must be open and supportive of outside ideas and solutions. These awards will therefore contribute to our research mission and also help us build new bridges between UVM and research groups and open-source communities around the globe."

Researchers at all levels are encouraged to apply. Awardees will be welcomed into the OCEAN research community to collaborate with one another via a shared Slack workspace, quarterly virtual brainstorming meetings, and a shared Github repository. The four types of awards are:

AWARD TRACKS


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Track 1: Collaboration Award

Collaboration Awards help to support research collaborations by providing funds for travel, to host a workshop or working group, a small conference, and/or to receive assistance from the OCEAN team to help plan and implement a virtual workshop on a topic of the awardee’s choice.

Track 2: Pilot Project Award

Pilot Project Awards help to support a research group by providing direct support for a project related to OCEAN.

Track 3: Computing Resources Award

Computing Resources Awards help to support computing resources such as access to data, Mechanical Turk time, or supercomputing time, etc.

Track 4: Micro-Award

Micro-awards assist students or global researchers with their research needs. These awards can fund resources such as conference travel awards, software, conference fees, student group start-up funds, etc.



AWARD SELECTION


Any researcher or open-source community member currently working on questions related to open-source ecosystems and networks is eligible to apply. Women and historically underrepresented minorities in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.

OCEAN awards applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel of OCEAN core team members, external faculty, and open-source experts. Applications will be reviewed once a month and reviewed by the committee on the first Monday of each month. The current review panel includes: James Bagrow, Laurent Hebert-Dufresne, John Meluso, Jean-Gabriel Young, Juniper Lovato, Amanda Casari, and Julia Ferraioli.

Depending on COVID related restrictions, OCEAN Awardees will be invited to attend optional face-to-face or virtual workshops and working groups hosted by the OCEAN project. They will also be invited to join, access, and contribute to an optional OCEAN awardee Github Repository and Slack channel.

Award Contact: Juniper Lovato, OCEAN Program Director juniper.lovato@uvm.edu.


  • Frequently Asked Questions
    When is the application/proposal deadline?

    We will accept proposals on a rolling basis until November 1, 2021

    What does the proposal look like?

    Required materials for an OCEAN Award proposal include the following items:

    1. Completion of our online application form
    2. 2 page cover letter explaining your project proposal
    3. A budget justification
    4. A project timeline
    5. Current C.V. for all applicants

    What is the range of award amounts that the committee usually provides?

    Awards range from micro awards of $5 to research project awards up to $30,000

    Who is eligible to apply:

    Any researcher currently working on questions related to open-source ecosystems and networks!

    What information is required from awardees?

    Recipients will be required to complete the new supplier form before payment is made. If the recipient is a non-U.S. citizen they will need to complete a W-8BEN form.

    What reporting and other requirements are expected for this award?

    We are eager to showcase your work and will require two reports on project activities, specific outputs, broader outcomes, impacts, challenges, and next steps for the project. Please also send us pictures, news, and other materials related to the project when possible. The first report will be due midway through the award timeline and a final report outlining the results of the award will be due upon completion of the award timeline.

    Recipients will be required to complete the new supplier form before payment is made. If the recipient is a non-U.S. citizen they will need to complete a W-8BEN form.

    As an OCEAN Awardee, you will be invited to attend optional workshops and working groups hosted by the OCEAN project. You will also be invited to join, access, and contribute to an optional OCEAN awardee Github Repository.

    Contact Person for OCEAN Awards:

    Juniper Lovato
    OCEAN Program Director
    juniper.lovato@uvn.edu


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AWARD RECIPIENTS


Coming Soon!



About OCEAN


The goal of this Vermont Complex Systems Center project at the University of Vermont is to deepen understanding of how people, teams and organizations thrive in technology-rich settings, especially in open-source projects and communities. The Google Open-Source Programs Office, a division of Google that manages Google’s use and release of open source software and promotes open source programming, has provided the University of Vermont (UVM) Complex Systems Center a $1 million unrestricted gift to support open source research. The Google award will establish a collaboration between the Google Open Source team and UVM to begin building a community-oriented body of research focused on understanding how open source platforms are used and what makes technology-rich environments thrive.

The University of Vermont Complex Systems team has identified the initial research projects that will be conducted with the award. They include:

-How people, teams, and organizations thrive in technology-rich settings.
-Trade-offs between organizational structure and the spread of ideas and information.
-Investigating how scientists and software developers use computational and collaborative tools and platforms.
-Understanding what conditions allow individuals and communities to succeed in open source software and open science.



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OCEAN Core Team

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James Bagrow - OCEAN PI, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Mathematics and Statistics, UVM


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Chris Danforth - OCEAN Senior Personnel, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Mathematics and Statistics, UVM


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Nick Cheney - OCEAN Senior Personnel, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Computer Science, UVM


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Milo Trujillo - OCEAN PhD Fellow Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM


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Salty the Sea Otter - OCEAN



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Laurent Hébert-Dufresne - OCEAN PI, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Computer Science, UVM


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Josh Bongard - OCEAN Senior Personnel, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Computer Science, UVM


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Jean-Gabriel Young -
OCEAN Research Assistant Professor, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Computer Science, UVM


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Salty the Sea Otter and her best friend - OCEAN




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Juniper Lovato
OCEAN Program Director
Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM


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Peter Sheridan Dodds - OCEAN Senior Personnel, Director, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Mathematics and Statistics, UVM


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John Meluso - OCEAN Postdoctoral Fellow Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM


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Salty the Sea Otter and her crew - OCEAN