The Open Scholarship Initiative
Working together in partnership with UNESCO to create the global 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 each year are listed below (in US$):





2019 YTD

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation$0$25,000$0$0
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation$20,000$20,000$20,000$0
PressForward Institute (via Sloan)$5,500$0$0$0
Taylor & Francis (Informa)$0$5,000$0$0
Nature Publishing Group (Macmillan)$5,000$10,000$10,000$0
George Mason University$4,500$0$0$0
Laura & John Arnold Foundation$5,000$0$0$0
Sage Publications$5,000$5,000$0$0
Copyright Clearance Center$2,000$0$0$0
Emerald Publishing Ltd.$0$0$0$1,000
Research Consulting Ltd.$0$0$0$1,000
Delta Think$0$0$0$500
Cactus Communications$0$0$0$5,000
Conference participants (@ $500 ea)$58,000$14,000$0$0
Private donations$350$300$0$375
Total income$168,850$134,300$63,000


OSI funding is contingent on needs. Full conferences were funded in 2016 and 2017, and a smaller executive team conference in 2018. Our needs in 2019 have been limited; 2020 funding will increase to support studies and product development.