Public goods infrastructure should be free to use,
but it's not free to build.

“Challenges of disease, poverty, education, social justice, and the environment are too important and too urgent to waste funding on studies lacking rigor, outcomes that are never shared, and trying to extend results that are irreproducible.”

-- Brian Nosek, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Here's how you can contribute.

Donate Using Crowdrise

Our simple fundraising page makes it easy to contribute using a credit or debit card.

Donate Using Paypal

100% of your donation goes to COS when using your Paypal account. Just click the button below and follow the instructions.

Donate via Check

Please complete this form, and send it along with your contribution to: 

The Center for Open Science
210 Ridge McIntire Road, Suite, 500
Charlottesville VA, 22903-5083

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Center for Open Science
210 Ridge McIntire Road, Suite 500
Charlottesville, VA 22903-5083
Phone: (434) 987-9807

Account:  “General Fund”

Why Does Your Support Matter?

One of the biggest challenges in moving science towards more openness is providing the research infrastructure to encourage and support it. Where do you store the data? How can multiple researchers, working from different locations, using their own tools, collaborate on a single project? How can they share that research with others easily, openly, and free of charge? 

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the needs of the research community by providing open access to papers, data and code, to quickly and effectively advance the solutions to the world's most pressing problems. COS launched its flagship product, the Open Science Framework (OSF) in 2013, with the aim to provide free and open source project management support for researchers across the entire research lifecycle. With our Meetings, Registries, and Preprints services, the OSF offers collaborative workflow tools, a robust means to share research results and papers and a flexible data storage repository.

These tools are free to use, but not free to build. The Center for Open Science spends nearly $500,000 a month, much of this directed to the talented COS team that creates, manages, and delivers the free open science products and services you love. Sustaining this level of activity through ongoing support from many sources makes achieving the mission possible. Thanks to the faithful and consistent support of our donors, researchers can rely on the Center for Open Science to develop and maintain these free products and services. 

COS envisions a future in which the ideas, processes, and outcomes of research are supported, accurate, and openly accessible by default. In this future, all scholarly content would be preserved and connected and transparency would stand as an aspirational good for scholarly work. We need your help to make this future a reality.

See How Your Donation Makes a Difference.

A donation of... Can ...
$50.00 Provide roughly 1 minute of COS general operation ($500,000 monthly / 20 business days / 8 hour days / 60 minutes = $52).
$100.00 Store 300 GB of research data on the OSF for 1 year.
$250.00 Support the expansion of the COS ambassador program.
$500.00 Support bug fixes for the OSF.
$750.00 For the price of one average APC charge, your donation of $750.00 will support hosting of 1 preprint on OSF Preprints for 15,000 years.
$1,000.00 Support a COS intern.
$2,500.00 Provide one open practices training workshop.
$5,000.00 Provide a small metascience study testing open science interventions.
$10,000.00 Build a new storage Add-on, such as the ability to access Dropbox.

COS is a public charity as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN #46-1496217. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Help us keep science open and make a donation today. If you have questions or would like to support COS using assets or mechanisms outside those mentioned above, please contact Melanie Benjamin, Donor and Funder Relations Lead, via email at or call (434) 987-9807.