The grantees for the 2024 FOSS Project Fund have been announced! Stay tuned for information about future funding rounds.

The Johns Hopkins University Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) is excited to announce the launch of the Free and Open Source Software Project Fund (FOSSProF). FOSSProF is a community-driven program that will provide funding of up to $50,000 to support OSS practitioners on campus and to help the OSPO discover new ways to effectively contribute to OSS program success.

FOSSProF is open to all groups at Hopkins that are working on creating, developing, or contributing to open source projects. To participate, simply submit a proposal via the below web form. Interviews and proposal review will happen on a rolling basis through the fall semester, with projects designed to execute during the spring semester, wrapping up in May.

All types of proposals will be considered; including, but not limited to, projects designed to:

  • Improve software quality, e.g. via bug fixes, updated documentation, improved user experience, or accessibility testing and improvements
  • Increase functionality, including new features, integrations, or plug-ins
  • Increase visibility and adoption through value proposition development, market analysis, or promotional activities
  • Improve community engagement by holding events, creating communications plans, or developing new community-led training programs
  • Increase learning and development; for example, by providing space for program staff to create new features requiring new skillsets or program materials requiring new tools
  • Improve project governance, by establishing or improving decision-making structures or policies
  • Assess the current status of any of the above in order to create a baseline from which to launch a project

Have an idea but need help shaping it into a proposal? We are here to help! Reach out to to set up a time to meet with OSPO staff for assistance.

OSPO staff will work with all participating programs to identify project goals and hoped-for outcomes; develop project budgets, timelines, work plans, and evaluation methods; and write final project reports. The OSPO will also work collaboratively with participating programs to define useful metrics for project assessment, leveraging existing tools from Bitergia, CHAOSS, and GitHub for metrics or developing novel methodologies as needed.

FOSSProF is generously funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Help us build a thriving open source community at Hopkins!