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Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science

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Tom Arrison, Program Director
Policy and Global Affairs

Project Scope
Meetings and Events
Working Groups

Project Scope

In order to increase the contribution of open science to producing better science, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science convenes critical stakeholders to discuss the effectiveness of current incentives for adopting open science practices, current barriers of all types, and ways to move forward in order to align reward structures and institutional values. The Roundtable convenes two times per year and creates a venue for the exchange of ideas and joint strategic planning among key stakeholders. Each Roundtable meeting has a theme. The diverse themes target slightly different audiences but the core audience will consist of universities, government agencies, foundations, and other groups doing work related to open science. The Roundtable aims to improve coordination among stakeholders and increase awareness of current and future efforts in the broader open science community. The Roundtable will also convene one symposium per year, which may produce National Academies proceedings in brief.

Meetings & Events

Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science
February 25, 2019
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418

Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science
September 19-20, 2019
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418

View agenda and register to attend the September 20 public symposium, Advancing Open Science Practices: Stakeholder Perspectives on Incentives and Disincentives via zoom.

working groups

The Roundtable members have agreed that an operational strategy going forward was to create working groups to define, refine, and propose or initiate actions around specific issues or problems. A number of working groups include:

(1) Enhancing provost and chair conversations to increase the open sharing of research outputs;
(2) Identifying stakeholder gaps to accelerate adoption and harmonization;
(3) Sending signals (the "nudge" form) to researchers that open science is valued;
(4) Examining good practices for open science;
(5) Rewarding open science activities through success stories; and
(6) Reimagining outputs to facilitate dissemination, reproducibility and replication, discussion, and curation.

The working groups are designed to drive the work of the Roundtable in the interregna between convenings.

Roundtable MEMBERS

  • Thomas Kalil (Co-Chair), Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures
  • Keith Yamamoto (Co-Chair) (NAS/NAM), Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Francisco
  • Elizabeth Albro, Commissioner, National Center for Education Research, U.S. Department of Education*
  • Danny Anderson, President, Trinity University
  • Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College
  • Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Courtney Brown, Vice President for Strategic Impact, Lumina Foundation*
  • Stuart Buck, Vice President of Research, Arnold Ventures*
  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit C2, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission* 
  • Mary Sue Coleman (NAM), President, Association of American Universities* 
  • Anne-Marie Coriat, Head of UK and Europe Research Landscape, Wellcome Trust*
  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Mark Cullen (NAM), Director, Center for Population Health Sciences, Stanford University
  • Ronald Daniels, President, Johns Hopkins University
  • Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer, Howard University
  • Susan Fitzpatrick, President, James S. McDonnell Foundation*
  • Maryrose Franko, Executive Director, Health Research Alliance*
  • Nicholas Gibson, Senior Program Officer, Human Sciences, John Templeton Foundation*
  • Daniel Goroff, Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation*
  • Randolph Hall, Vice President for Research and Professor, University of Southern California
  • Robert Hanisch, Director, Office of Data and Informatics, National Institute of Standards and Technology*
  • Patricia Hswe, Program Officer for Scholarly Communications, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation*
  • Adam Jones, Program Officer, Science Program, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation*  
  • Renu Khator, President, University of Houston
  • Boyana Konforti, Director, Scientific Strategy and Development, Howard Hughes Medical Institute*
  • Richard McCullough, Vice Provost for Research, Harvard University
  • Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities*
  • Ross Mounce, Director of Open Access Programs, Arcadia*
  • Loretta Parham, Chief Executive Officer and Library Director, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
  • Heather Pierce, Senior Director, Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel, Association of American Medical Colleges*
  • Brian Quinn, Assistant Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation*
  • Robert Robbins, President, University of Arizona
  • Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health*
  • Shirley Tilghman (NAS/NAM), President Emerita, Princeton University
  • Alan Tomkins, Deputy Director, Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation*
  • Roger Wakimoto, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Thomas Wang, Chair, Open Science Committee, American Heart Association; Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center*
  • Jennifer Weisman, Chief of Staff, Global Health Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation*
  • Richard Wilder, General Counsel and Director of Business Development, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations*
  • Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom Research and Innovation*
  • Garabet Yeretssian, Program Director, Crohn’s Disease Program, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust*

* Denotes ex-officio member

Biographies of Roundtable members are provided on the National Academies Projects & Activities System site.

Consultant to the Roundtable
  • Greg Tananbaum, Project Coordinator, Open Research Funders Group 

National Academies Staff

  • Tom Arrison, Program Director, Policy and Global Affairs
  • George Strawn, Director, Board on Research Data and Information
  • Ester Sztein, Deputy Director, Board on Research Data and Information 
  • Emi Kameyama, Associate Program Officer, Board on Research Data and Information
  • Reginald Hayes, Senior Program Assistant, Board on Research Data and Information   



The Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science is being supported by Arcadia, Arnold Ventures, Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, National Library of Medicine, Open Research Funders Group, Open Society Foundations, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.