Funder and Institutional Recognition of Open and Collaborative Actions


We will strategize practical incentives and rewards that:

  1. Provide alternatives to publishing metrics as the primary means of adjudicating scientists’ careers
  2. Support the hiring, promotion and retention of scientists who are committed to overcoming technological and conceptual barriers in science through open and collaborative research


Bodo Stern
Bodo Stern
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Keith Yamamoto
Keith Yamamoto
University of California, San Francisco

Description & Deliverables

To achieve our project goals, we will develop a toolkit with practical solutions and case studies for funders and institutions to incentivize and reward researchers who embrace open, collaborative science. The emphasis on “practical” means that in addition to strategizing and providing examples in a ‘toolkit’ format, we will facilitate, track, and assess one or more of the recommended practices, so that their implementation and analysis will contribute to evidence in the science of team science. Implementation will necessarily occur in institutions and funding establishments that we have the ability to influence (initially, HHMI and UCSF). But our intent is to focus on actions that can eventually be implemented by the larger scientific establishment so that recognition schemes are meaningful on researchers’ CVs.

We will actively pursue other funders and institutions who want to test one or more of the proposed incentives and rewards in the toolkit. All practical tests will be set up with an experimental design and evidence collection mechanisms.


A toolkit that provides examples, templates, and innovative solutions that incentivize and reward open and collaborative science practices, including open and early sharing, transparent peer review, collaboration, and mentoring. Inspired by the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines for journals, the toolkit will offer a suite of solutions, including research behaviors and activities to incentivize, possible rewards, and guidelines for funders and institutions to implement them with increasing stringency.

In addition, reports on the implementation of one or more of the proposed solutions in each of the funder and academic sectors, presented as case studies.

What’s Needed

  • Tools for tracking open and collaborative activities and applying metrics or other means of assessment to enable rewarding the desired behaviors [For example, see related ICOR projects described in this website]
  • Case studies, templates, and examples of implemented or planned incentives and rewards for open and collaborative behaviors, for inclusion in the toolkit
  • Additional funders and institutions who are working to incentivize new behaviors or interested in trying – to present as case studies. ICOR can help facilitate this and set up the research side so that we collect evidence on the resulting change and impact
  • Marketing expertise to disseminate the toolkit
  • Direct financial or personnel support from funders and institutions to develop the toolkit and to provide support for case studies



Sarah Greene, Kristen Ratan