Announcing 9 Awards for Open Science

The latest recipients of Mozilla’s Open Science Mini-Grants are integrating openness with biomedicine and artificial intelligence

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3 min readJul 15, 2019


At Mozilla, one of our core principles is openness. This inspires us to create open-source products and projects ourselves — but also to support like-minded thinkers outside our organization who share our mindset.

Today, we’re announcing our nine latest Open Science Mini-Grants: funding for researchers who are making science more accessible, transparent, and reproducible. We believe that when more people have access to manuscripts, data, code, and other research materials, innovation and progress become the status quo.

The nine winning projects are novel: They make gene editing technology more accessible, they teach open research best practices, they empower browser-based biomedical research, and more. Winners span five countries, but are united by the themes of biomedicine and, in many cases, artificial intelligence.

Awards range from $3,000 to $10,000 USD. These winners were among those who responded to Mozilla’s February 2019 Call for Proposals.

Meet our latest winners:

DIY Labware | Ghana

This project trains scientists in Ghana to develop their own research and teaching equipment, using open science hardware tools. Led by Victor Kumbol.

Open educational resources for algorithmic decision-making in neuroscience | U.S.

This project builds an open curriculum to raise awareness about algorithmic decision-making in the field of neuroscience. Led by Athina Tzorvara.

Browser-based biomedical research | Germany

This project opens biomedical sensor data, such as heart, brain and motor activity, to browser-based data collection and experimentation. Led by Felix Henninger.

Avengers for Better Science | The Netherlands

This project helps future research leaders learn to conduct research in an open and inclusive community, within or outside academia. Led by Natalia Bielczyk, Aidan Budd, Veronika Cheplygina and Stephan Heunis.

Hands-on gene editing with CRISPR-Cas9 and MinION sequencing | UK

This project provides training and access to gene editing technology for non-biologists, to enable open microbiology research and innovation. Led by Abigail Wood at Biomakespace Limited.

LinkageHub: Shareable, reproducible, reusable, cloud-forward biological datasets | U.S.

This project features a hub where biomedical researchers can find, share, track, and re-use core genetic datasets. Led by Robert Schaefer.

Capsid Identification System (CapsID) | U.S.

This project creates a system to track bacteriophages in labs worldwide, to more effectively use them in the fight against the threat of antibiotic resistance. Led by Jan Zheng.

Biohacking Village at DEF CON Learning Lab | U.S.

This project gives event attendees the chance to work different hands-on experiments, from DIY bio to biotech security. Led by Nina Alli.

4K Microscopy-Augmented Biomedical Education | U.S.

This project features integrated 4K microscopy curricula for next-generation biomedical educational tracks and opportunities in a public high school setting. Led by Geoff Millener at the Enterprise Center.

Mozilla’s Open Science Mini-Grants are part of our Awards program to support a healthy internet. They fuel the people and projects on the front lines of the internet health movement — from open scientists in Ghana to biomedical researchers in Germany. Learn more about Mozilla Awards.



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