Award for Open Source Software Projects

Posted by on April 27, 2009

Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration Invites Nominations of Open Source Software Projects
Deadline: May 15, 2009

The Program in Research in Information Technology of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2009 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration.

The program is designed to encourage collaborative, open source software development within traditional Mellon constituencies — higher education, with a special emphasis on the arts and humanities; libraries and scholarly communications; the performing arts; the environment; and museums and art conservation.

The MATC awards recognize not-for-profit organizations that are making substantial contributions of their own resources toward the development of open source software and the fostering of collaborative communities to sustain open source development. To be eligible, a software development project must be in public release (not just development) as an open source project, with source code actually available. Project must include the development of intellectual property that is freely available to the academic community under one of the approved open source licenses.

Awards are given at two levels — $50,000 awards to recognize important organizational contributions to open source projects that currently or potentially provide significant benefits to at least one traditional Mellon constituency; and $100,000 awards to recognize highly significant contributions to open source projects offering larger benefits to more or larger constituencies. Multiple awards may be bestowed at each level.

Any organization that satisfies the Mellon Foundation’s criteria for receiving grants is potentially eligible, including qualifying non-U.S. organizations.

Visit the Mellon Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines.

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