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Grants and Cooperative Agreements to USA Agencies, Research Centers, Nonprofits, and For-Profits to Advance the Public Understanding of Science

Transform to Open Science Training

GrantWatch ID# 205760
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
CFDA Number: 43.001
Funding or PIN Number: NNH22ZDA001N-TOPST

Geographic Focus
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/13/22
LOI Date: 11/10/22
Deadline: 12/08/22

Grant Description
Grants and cooperative agreements to USA government agencies, research and development centers, and nonprofit, for-profit, and educational organizations to promote the public understanding of technology and science. Funding is intended for the development of curriculum and materials, the implementation of summer schools, and the conducting of virtual cohorts to advance the adoption of open science and broaden participation in the sciences.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is making a long-term commitment to support building an inclusive open science community over the next decade via the Open-Source Science Initiative (OSSI). A key component of OSSI is the Transforming to OPen Science (TOPS) project. The TOPS project will coordinate efforts designed to accelerate scientific discovery and equity with open science. SMD has declared 2023 as the Year of Open Science within a five-year effort to transform to open science. During 2023, NASA will initiate a suite of coordinated activities designed to support adoption of open science. TOPS goals are:

  • Increase understanding and adoption of open science principles and techniques.
  • Accelerate major scientific discoveries.
  • Broaden participation in SMD-funded research by historically under-represented communities

Activities supported under this element are expected to form key parts of the 2023 Year of Open Science. As the Year of Open Science activities are developed, they will be described at the TOPS GitHub site.

A core principle of Open Science is allowing everyone to access resources for scientific learning and research. To that end, NASA has developed an Open Science curriculum, called OpenCore, that introduces open science to a general community. The second phase, for which this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is soliciting grant applications, is the development of ScienceCore, a curriculum of discipline-specific materials that showcase open-science workflows and capacity building for OpenCore. This grant NOFO seeks applications from entities to support the following three activities:

  1. The development of science discipline specific curriculum and materials (ScienceCore) to advance open science adoption, and institutional capacity building through
  2. Summer schools and
  3. Virtual cohorts.

The training materials, as well as the design of the learning activities, must be targeted to audiences from undergraduate students to established scientists and managers from all science disciplines supported by SMD. 

For details about ScienceCore, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Participation is open to all categories of U.S. institutions including educational, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, University Affiliated Research Centers, NASA Centers including JPL, and other Government agencies.

Proposals from non-U.S. institutions are welcome, but they must be on a no-exchange-of-funds basis; funding may not be requested to support activities at non-US institutions but may be requested to support activities at US institutions, e.g., for funding a Co-Investigator at a U.S. institution. There is also a special restriction on NASA funding and China.

Pre-Proposal Conference
NASA TOPS staff will host an informational session on F.14 TOPST during their regular monthly Community Forum on October 13, 2022 at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT. Please register and sign up to the TOPS email list for additional information.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, TOPS will hold a community forum with an overview of current TOPS and 2023 Year of Open Science plans, answers to questions, and feedback. This virtual meeting is open to all and free to attend.

This community forum will focus on F.14 Transform to Open Science Training (TOPST).

- Submit questions here:!/dashboard.
- Join the email listserv here:

To register:

Pre-Application Information
- Please note that this program requests optional Notices of Intent, which are due via NSPIRES by November 10, 2022.
- Proposals are due December 8, 2022. Applications will be submitted via

Funding to non-governmental organizations may be administered through either grants or cooperative agreements. When appropriate, all funds for a given team will be sent to the proposing institution, which must in turn provide any stipend to funded team members at non-governmental organizations. Only one Cooperative Agreement or Grant will be negotiated per selected proposal.

It is anticipated, however, that awards to non-governmental organizations will be in the form of cooperative agreements. The cooperative agreement(s) resulting from this element represent a partnership between NASA/SMD and the competitively selected team(s) to promote and advance public understanding of science and technology, as well as to collaborate with NASA to advance OSSI activities to meet SMD objectives.

For more information about the Transform to Open Science (TOPS) program:

NASA Regulations and Guidance:

View the opportunity at
For a list of related documents, press the Package tab (click Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
It is estimated that (a) 6- 12 projects will be selected for the ScienceCore Curriculum topic; (b) 3-4 projects will be selected for the Summer Schools topic; and (c) 2-3 projects will be selected for the Virtual Cohorts topic.

Term of Contract
Planning date for start of investigation: Typically, no earlier than 6 months after the proposal submission date.

- Awards for the ScienceCore Curriculum topic will have a maximum duration of 2 years.
- Summer Schools topic will have a maximum of 3 years.
- Virtual Cohorts topic will have a maximum of 3 years.

Contact Information
For technical support:

- NSPIRES Help Desk
(202) 479-9376)

- Help Desk
(800) 518-4726)

Program Contacts:

- Chelle Gentemann
Telephone: 202-934-0771

- Yaítza Luna-Cruz
Telephone: (202) 480-0038

Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546

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