The Open Scholarship Initiative
Working together in partnership with UNESCO to improve the future of open

Sponsors & Funding

The OSI community is very grateful for the support it receives from partners, sponsors, delegates, and volunteer organizers. OSI partners include the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Science Communication Institute (which oversees OSI), and the universities who help develop, host, and make this event possible every year (George Mason University in 2016, George Washington University in 2017, and American University in 2018). Sponsors contribute funding only and do not influence OSI’s agenda or findings, which is determined by OSI’s participants and leadership. The sponsors for OSI2016 and OSI2017 are listed below (in US$):

SourceOSI2016OSI2017
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation$0$25,000
UNESCO$48,000$25,000
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation$20,000$20,000
Elsevier$7,500$20,000
PressForward Institute (via Sloan)$5,500$0
Taylor & Francis (Informa)$0$5,000
Nature Publishing Group (Macmillan)$5,000$10,000
George Mason University$4,500$0
Wiley$7,500$10,000
Laura & John Arnold Foundation$5,000$0
Sage Publications$5,000$5,000
Copyright Clearance Center$2,000$0
ResearchMedia$500$0
Participant fees (@ $500 ea)$58,000$14,000
Private donations$350$300
Total income$168,850$134,300
Sponsor type% of total OSI funding
Foundations23%
Publishers26%
Participants24%
UNESCO24%
Other4%