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Event Fund 2022 Impact Report Published

In 2019, Code for Science and Society received an initial seed grant from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support events that promote inclusion and broaden participation in open data science that drives scholarship. Over the three years of the grant, we have accomplished the following:

  • Established engaged community-led governance of the fund by assembling advisory and selection committees comprised of individuals actively engaged in data science;

  • Developed necessary guidelines and supporting infrastructure to conduct transparent and fair selection of grantees;

  • Awarded over $525,000 USD to three cohorts of grantees representing 37 organizing teams hailing from 27 countries across six continents;

  • Conceptualized and ran programming for grantees to connect with each other and gain skills training;

  • Supported grantees to establish organizational infrastructure to receive grant funding; and

  • Secured new Event Fund funding partners including the Wellcome Trust and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

As a result of these accomplishments, we have learned that supporting community leaders to execute their data science event goals has significant impacts for individual career trajectories, far-reaching impacts for global science communities, and positive benefits for the field at large. Survey data shows that participants across vastly different event contexts are inspired to continue working with data and applying event learnings to their work.


Perhaps most importantly, event participants leave with a strong sense of being part of a global data science community that they can turn to again in the future. We are excited to continue supporting open data science communities of practice and and developing spaces for funders to connect with each other and our grantees for the development of the open scholarship ecosystem. Reach out if you are interested in supporting the next cohort of grantees.

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