What we seek to accomplish

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Ensure that outputs of our projects are openly accessible to anyone with an internet connection, free of charge, regardless of affiliation.
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Promote open science in multiple domains through building infrastructure, developing a community of inquiry, realigning incentives, and changing policy.
3
Implement and learn about best practices for open and equitable grantmaking, and share lessons with other funders.

Why Open Science?

Open science refers to a process by which research data, methods, and findings are made accessible and available to all — regardless of affiliation — free of charge. Templeton World Charity Foundation supports open science and open access to research for two reasons.

First, we seek to support discovery science within Sir John Templeton’s mandate — using science to understand the deepest realities of human nature and the physical world.  Such research can have a significant impact, but only if it can earn the trust of the broader scientific community. This is particularly vital for projects that aim to make impactful or contrarian discoveries because they carry a higher burden of proof.

Second, TWCF has embraced a global commitment to support projects wherever they can have the greatest impact. It is crucial for this vision that the outputs of our projects are openly accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

What is Our Approach?

Taking inspiration from the Center for Open Science’s comprehensive approach to changing research culture, we seek to promote open science in multiple domains so that we can reach the full spectrum of stakeholders - from the early adopters to the late majority. This means that we seek to support open science through multiple approaches such as building infrastructure, developing a community of inquiry, realigning incentives, and changing policy.

Our Open Access & Research Assessment Policies

Make it required

Our Open Access Policy, aligned with the key principles of Plan S, aims to ensure that knowledge and discoveries resulting from our funding are shared and used in a way that maximizes their benefit. In an effort to maximize the potential impact of the research we fund, we want to recognize all scholarly contributions of scientists and at every stage of the discovery process. To this end, we have signed on to the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and have implemented a Research Assessment Policy.

cOAlition S - Help Us Make Open Access to Research Publications a Reality (Plan S)

cOAlition S is monitoring developments in the Open Science landscape and is seeking feedback from the research community about their experiences when publishing according to the principles of Plan S.

The survey seeks to gather specific data from the research community about their publishing practices, experiences and impact on career progression. Feedback is anonymous, and all data gathered will be used to help us understand how to support researchers in their varied publishing journeys. The survey is part of our continuing efforts to monitor the effects of Plan S on Research and Scholarly Communication. Take the survey here.

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Open Science - Templeton World Charity Foundation

Open science is a process by which research data, methods, and findings are made accessible and available to all — regardless of affiliation — free of charge.

Open Science - Templeton World Charity Foundation

Open Science Webinar Series


To create more rigorous and more accessible science, TWCF recently focused on a multi-part webinar series on helping our partners, grantees and potential applicants benefit from the best practices in open science. 

See past webinar recordings here, and be sure to sign up for updates to be notified about upcoming webinars.

Featured Projects

TWCF0583

A Grant-Making Program Using Registered Reports to Improve Rigor and Credibility of Consciousness Research

Led by project director Brian Nosek, the Center for Open Science will conduct a grant-making project for consciousness research in partnership with...
TWCF0591

Enabling Research Rigor and Transparency, Fostering Researcher Intellectual Humility

The Center for Open Science (COS) has a mission to promote openness, integrity, and reproducibility in researchers’ everyday behavior. Their focus...
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HELIOS, the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship

Emerging from the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science, the...
TWCF0568

​Implementing FAIR Workflows: A Proof of Concept Study in the Field of Consciousness​

Although formally published research papers remain the most important means of communicating science today, they do not provide a sufficient amount...

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