What to expect when you apply

The SCOSS application process is comprised of two primary phases:

Phase ONE: Submission of Expression of Interest
Phase TWO: Formal Application Process

Each year, SCOSS places a call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) in preparation for the next funding cycle. The call is published here on the SCOSS website and also shared through numerous member networks and email lists worldwide.

Once the EoIs are collected, the SCOSS Advisory Group begins its evaluation process which tends to last between six and eight weeks. The Advisory Group selects a maximum of six services to invite to advance to the next phase; the Board has final approval of the Advisory Group's shortlist.

The SCOSS Advisory Committee assesses Expressions of Interest based on a number of criteria, the most basic being:

  • Has the candidate organisation been established for at least two years, and can is demonstrate a sustainability challenge?
  • Does the organisations hold non-profit status in the country in which it is based and/or is it affiliated with or owned by a research or educational institution?
  • Are the services or infrastructure provided by the candidate organisation of international relevance and broadly relevant to more than one discipline?

In addition, in 2020 the applicant should identify how their services or infrastructure support one or more of the following themes:

  • Fair and sustainable Open Access transformation, including Open publishing services, tools and platforms (including emerging outputs and preservation), FAIR Open Access repository services, Open licensing services.
  • Building an open infrastructure landscape, including support for promoting a more diverse open research and open science infrastructure; embracing multiculturalism and multilingual access to research; Discovery services, including but not limited to metadata services and indexes; Interoperability and information exchange services; Open citation, bibliometric, metric, and impact services; Services supporting new computational research methods, including data analysis; Open Humanities infrastructure, TDM and machine learning; Social networks for research; Open research data infrastructure, excluding big data.
  • Building an open and reproducible research services landscape, including services for open reproducible research (e.g. electronic lab notebooks, preprint services, pre-registration); and Services for open authoring, annotations, references.

Please note that services or infrastructure that focus only on Open standards, Open practices, Open persistent identifiers, Training and eLearning, Infrastructure relevant only to a specific discipline, book, journal, or thesis content are not eligible for SCOSS funding.

Those services that accept the invitation to advance to phase two, the formal application process, must complete a much more involved and in-depth information gathering process. Once the formal applications are submitted, they are reviewed by the SCOSS Advisory Group, which makes its recommendation to the Board. Between three and four services/infrastructure are selected for each funding cycle. Once the final decision is made by the Board, the services become formally "SCOSS recommended" and are presented to the community for funding.