Call for Proposals for Mozilla Science Lab Mini-Grants 2018

Call for Proposals for Mozilla Science Lab Mini-Grants 2018

Deadline: December 17, 2017 and January 29, 2018

Proposals are requested for the second round of Mini-Grants. The 2018 MSL mini grant program invites applicants to submit project ideas that foster innovation and ultimately lead to more robust prototypes and products by expanding and enhancing the community of scientists who are working open. Mozilla is a global non-profit dedicated to putting you in control of your online experience and shaping the future of the web for the public good.

The Mozilla Science Lab (MSL) seeks to identify, support and develop a community of leaders in the network with the aim to transform research and the culture around science to make it more accessible, transparent, and reproducible.  MSL specifically focuses on making publicly funded research more open, collaborative, and beneficial by maximizing access and contribution to papers, data, code, and materials.

Bridging the gap between early adopters of open science and the many scientists who value, but don’t have time to invest in learning about open is key to moving from science to open science. Supported projects will focus on one or more of the following:

  • Prototyping – Building tools or documentation collaboratively with others. This can be open source code, documentation, tools and technologies used in data-driven science, scientific software, discovery tools (e.g., ways of searching code, hosting services, etc.)
  • Community Building – These might include mentorship programs, workshops, meet-ups or other events that promote community engagement.
  • Curriculum – Materials might include text, visuals, and video for online or in-person training.

All projects should specifically reflect priorities that enhance our broader community efforts toward open innovation, efficiency in regards to practicing open science (lower barriers, ease of use & integration, etc), and reproducibility (transparent research methods & results).


Grant awards will range from $2,000 – $5,000 USD.

Grant-funded projects or activities should take place between April 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018.  Applications may be submitted for projects lasting up to 6 months.  Final reports will be due October 22nd, 2018.


  • Open to all individuals regardless of geographic location or institutional affiliation.
  • All materials must be open source, shared under a Creative Commons license of CC-0 or CC-BY or equivalent, when licensing is required.
  • Proposals must address one of three key areas: Prototyping, Community Building, or Curriculum. The brief application will require that they reflect an understanding of the work we are currently doing and articulate their own efforts within the needs of the broader community.


  • Register and fill out a Project Support  application form here:
  • An application guide for filling out the form can be found here

Deadline for Letters of Intent will be Sunday, December 17th, 2017.  Invitations for full proposals will be sent the week of January 5th, 2018.  Deadlines for full proposals will be January 29th, 2018.  Award notification by the week of March 5th, 2018.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

For more information Mozilla Mini-Grants.