Open Research Case Study Award!

Are you an open researcher? Tell others about it.

Open Research encompasses a wide range of practices that aim to make research openly available, transparent and, where this applies, reproducible. Open research practices are not all-or-nothing: they are closely tied to research discipline and can include making publications open access, engaging with innovative open publishing and open peer review models, making research data and code easily understood and reusable by others, pre-registering research studies, engaging the public in the research process and any other initiative that contributes to openness and integrity in research. A list of examples can be found in the guidance documents below.

If you are a member of staff or a PGR at Surrey and you and/or your research group engage with open research, we would like to hear from you. The Open Research Case Study Award, administered by the Open Research Working Group, aims to identify and reward researchers across all disciplines who apply open research practice in their research. You are invited to submit a short case study of up to 600 words, either as an individual researcher or as a group.

If you are shortlisted, you will also be invited to give a short presentation at the Surrey Open Research and Transparency Showcase online event on 4 March 2021. Short-listed entries will also feature in relevant communications both within the University and externally. Telling others what you are doing to open up knowledge, how you are doing it and how you overcome challenges will further raise your research profile and inspire others to follow your example.

There is an extra bonus, too: the final winner will be announced at the showcase in March and will be awarded a prize of £500.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on 4th January 2021. To find out more and to apply please see the documents below.  For more information contact Professor Emily Farran, Chair of the award panel and Academic Lead Research Culture and Integrity.

Please note:  a related competition, open to all students including PGRs, is being run by the Surrey Reproducibility Society. For more information on both awards see