How to apply for Open Research Grant
This page explains the grant en framework of the Muellners Foundation for supporting open source and humanitarian research.
Following guidelines together with different governing policies and directives of the Muellners Foundation and partners from Foundation’s Partner Program:

Open Grant Program for individual members

Muellners Foundation supports research and development activities in an open source environment. The framework & guidelines for the support are here.


Step 1: Become a Fellow:
We will begin to call the member a “candidate” here.
Candidates sign up on the link here to epress becoming fellows of Muellners Foundation. Fellows are well friends of Muellners Foundation. Fellowship is a life time affiliation with the Foundation. (Learn Alum Network: [email protected]).
Join Community Space
Candidate identifies themselves to the community on the Foundation’s recognised communications platform such as mailing lists or a project based public slack channel, discord etc. Generally it is a good idea to engage with community members by posting about your research. With more participation, you shall receive more engagement from the community.
Step 2: Discuss your research with the community, write a research proposal:
Candidate writes a research proposal openly using Gdocs or a tool similar to this and takes help from other community members in editing the proposal.
Candidates interested in the Open Grant Program should demonstrate their willingness and ability to cover the research problem area, and invite discussions within the community for a stipulated period of time. You should announce this period on the public facing records.
E.g I am performing research on "Subject A" & invite suggestions during this month.
This period serves as a consensus building exercise for the community and can help the candidate’s research get voice & participation on the Foundation’s platform.
Read the guidelines below on what should you include in the Research Proposal.
If a strategic partner from the Serenity partner program is part of mentoring the research or recommending the research proposal, then the Serenity partner must be identified.
Members from the affiliate organization should highlight their remarks and reviews on the research proposal before the candidate converts the proposal into a resolution “Grant Proposal” for the board (in the step below).
So, you have registered on above link, discussed your research with the community, documented a proposal. Once the proposal is ready, the candidate submits the research proposal and a cover letter.
Until, the Serenity DaO is live for Grant & Fund Governance, you can submit your research proposal to the Mailing List (Open Research Group): [email protected] by attaching the research proposal in the email.
This mailing list contains few mentors from the community. They are usually members of Project Management Committees; or Board's committee members.
Step 4: Board Resolution for Open Grant:
Any member from the Open Research Group may then decide to nominate candidate's proposal for a Board resolution - "Open Grant". This is generally an organic process. This means members in the open-research group, may nominate a candidate's research proposal based on a peer review. It is at their discretion to forward the proposal for an Open Grant.
Candidate, as an independent voluntarily subscribed member of the Muellners Foundation, can also propose the resolution “Open Grant” to the board's committee members directly at the board's mailing list group: [email protected] It should generally be done 3(three) months after the candidate received mixed or generally negative peer review from the Open Research Group.
Until the Serenity DaO is live, Open Research Group should forward the research proposal to Board's mailing list with a title "Open Grant".
Step 5: Board Resolution “Open Grant” is debated over board’s mailing list/ later Serenity DaO based voting framework to release grant funds. In case of Serenity DaO, Open Research Group acts as a mentor group before Funds are released via DaO Grant State. Read more about Serenity Governance here.(Internal docs getting updated)
Step 6: Executive Board:
Until Serenity DaO is live, Executive Board shall, on the counsel of Board's Steering Committee members and peer reviews from Open Research Group, ratifies the Board Resolution: Open Grant.
Executive Board does this on a monthly basis. Therefore, from the time that a candidate performs Step 1 to Step 6, it may take atleast a month for an Open Research Grant to be approved or rejected.
The candidate should continue to debate and engage with the community on their research proposal. Regardless of a grant on the research proposal, a candidate may benefit greatly from the community engagement. If the grant is rejected, members' community goodwill creates a second chance for the proposal to be reviewed.
Re applying Open Research Grant on the same but updated proposal shall generally be done 3(three) months after the candidate received mixed or generally negative peer review from the Board's Committee members.
If the Board resolution was approved and ratified by Executive Board, fellowship grant contract (together with data protection and IP humanitarian licenses) is dispatched to the candidate digitally.
We will now begin to call the candidate “Grantee” now.
Step 7: Public Announcement:
Grantee signs the digital copy of Global Learn fellowship Grant Contract & conducts sponsored research. Grant acceptance is announced on Foundation's public facing records and public mediums.
If any IT infrastructure is required as part of the proposal, then the IT infrastructure is provisioned to the Grantee.

Template for Research Proposal:

As a candidate, when you submit a research proposal for the Open Grant Program, you should follow these guidelines:
Submit an Abstract (max. 4 pages): A clear and technically sound abstract & scope of the research problem statement, including:
  1. 1.
    Research Topic & Background: Information on the thematic area of the proposed research as well as the research gap, i.e. problem statement.
  2. 2.
    Research question: Based on the problem statement, the research question and objectives shall be mentioned.
  3. 3.
    Methodology: A clear identification of methodology to be used for the research activities.
    E.g: Identify whether the research is quantitative or qualitative, what type of methodologies are going to be used in the course of research activities on the problem statement, and a timeline.
  4. 4.
    Sources & Resources: An identification of the sources of literature to be used.
    E.g: What type of research resources and literature are going to be used for conducting the research.
    Identify data sources and journals to be used for conducting the research, please focus on peer-reviewed literature.
  5. 5.
    Aim of the research: Why shall this research be conducted, what is the overall aim, possibility of publication, or a prototype of a technology is important to identify.
    Research over some of humanity's toughest challenges takes years and lifetime. You should be able to summarize and document where the research proposal brings change.
    Why do you want to pursue this research proposal? E.g your individual background, ideas on the sector, what motivates you to perform this research?
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