Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS Open)

The Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS Open) is a cohort of colleges and universities committed to collective action to advance open scholarship within and across their campuses. Leaders from US colleges and universities have joined this community of practice, working together to promote a more transparent, inclusive, and trustworthy research ecosystem.

  |  Updated: 16 May 2024

Open Research Funders Group (ORFG)

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Project Goals

HELIOS Open emerges from the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Scholarship. The goal is to bring together key interested parties – including senior leadership at universities, federal agencies, philanthropies, international bodies, and other strategic organizations – to rethink research evaluation to better incentivize and reward openness and transparency.


An Open Science Toolkit, a set of resources that can help key sectors discuss, develop, and deploy open scholarship incentivization plans (e.g., academic hiring, tenure and promotion, and grants) that are both consistent with common norms and appropriate for their specific communities and an accompanying Guide to Supporting Open Scholarship for University Presidents and Provosts.