the Global Access Fund

Deadline: 15th October 2023 | The Global Access Fund

Applications are now being accepted for the Global Access Fund, which will offer funding for both outreach initiatives and infrastructure growth to enable organisations in underrepresented communities and regions to utilise DataCite infrastructure services.

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A fund called the Global Access Fund (GAF) was created to help communities all over the world make their research outputs accessible.


  • The following initiatives will receive money from the Global Access Fund:
  • Outreach and engagement activities to support raising awareness and adoption of international and local solutions and connecting to community initiatives, such as: Building capacity to provide training to research administrators and librarians on open infrastructure and service fundamentals (DOIs, metadata, APIs), implementation (e.g. DataCite API integration in repository and other systems, metadata curation), and proving the value of the connection to local infrastructure se
  • Events that promote open infrastructure, talk about and amplify participation and adoption strategies and plans by utilising local activities (webinars, workshops, virtual communication campaigns).
  • Development of outreach resources for the distribution of information (films, social media posts, podcasts, tutorials, etc.) that details use cases, success tales, and advantages of DataCite infrastructure in local and regional contexts, including materials in cutting-edge forms and languages other than English.
  • Repository, publishing, and other system development and implementation to enable organisations to include DataCite APIs and metadata are examples of open infrastructure to be developed and integrated in order to enable and promote the use of DataCite infrastructure and related services.
  • Integrations of the DataCite Registry with regional and national services using the DataCite API
  • Creation of new tools and systems (such as visualisations, statistics tools, metadata enrichment tools, CRIS systems, etc.) to maximise the value of the DataCite infrastructure.


  • They will look to find and nurture three demonstrators throughout the regions as part of the programme and with financing from the Global Access Fund. The following are possible locations for the three protestors.
    Using and putting into practise open international infrastructure services for the advantage of regional communities.
    • The local communities’ ability to utilise the DataCite infrastructure to increase the visibility of their research outputs and resources should be made possible by projects that are awarded.
      making use of existing open local infrastructure services and/or creating new ones. To connect communities that do not currently have access to these global infrastructures to the global research ecosystem, they would like to make it possible for local organisations to connect their existing local solutions to global infrastructure.
  • Promoting the exchange of Indigenous knowledge.
    • Recognising indigenous knowledge presently faces various difficulties. Indigenous data and collections may be hard to access, incorrectly labelled, improperly attributed, and not searchable; PID infrastructure might assist make indigenous knowledge more widely recognised. In addition to accessibility, the main objective in this field is to provide funding for initiatives that promote Indigenous data sovereignty through metadata and DOI registration.

Financial Details

  • For individual initiatives in each of the three categories, the following funding amounts are available:
  • Activities of outreach: up to 10,000 EUR
  • Construction of infrastructure: up to 20,000 EUR
  • Participants: up to 50,000 EUR


  • Applicants must be non-profit stakeholders from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, or Asia, such as research institutes, associations, NRENs, government agencies, and service providers.
  • Applicants must be qualified to submit an application on behalf of their company (or other legal entity).
  • Both DataCite member organisations and non-member organisations are eligible to apply.
  • Applications from low-income or middle-income countries will be given preference.

For more information visit DataCite for additional details.

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