Global Access Fund

The Global Access Fund (GAF) was established to enable communities worldwide to make their research outputs discoverable. It will provide financial support for both outreach activities and infrastructure development to enable organizations in regions and communities currently underrepresented in the global open science infrastructure landscape to benefit from DataCite infrastructure services. The GAF is part of the DataCite Global Access Program (GAP) made possible by grant Grant 2022-316573 from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Scope (What we fund):

The Global Access Fund will allocate funding to projects in the following areas:

1. Outreach  and engagement activities to support increasing awareness and adoption of global and local solutions and connect to community initiatives, such as:

2. Open Infrastructure development and integration to enable and increase the adoption of DataCite infrastructure and related services, such as:

3. Demonstrators

As part of the program and with funding from the Global Access Fund, we’ll seek to identify and incubate three demonstrators across the regions. The three demonstrators can be in the following areas.

Eligibility (Who can apply):


The following funding levels are available for individual projects in each of the three areas:

Access to DataCite services

In cases where access to DataCite registration services is needed as part of the proposal, we will provide access to the organizations which are awarded grants for the duration of one calendar year. This access will enable them to leverage DataCite’s infrastructure and services to enhance the visibility and accessibility of their research outputs. Please note that access to services does not constitute membership. Applicants are required to submit a sustainability plan as part of their proposal, outlining how they plan to continue accessing these services following the funding period and preserve the metadata of outputs for which they will register DOIs.

Application process and support

To apply for funding, applicants should complete this form. For further information you can check our FAQs. You can also register for one of our upcoming webinars. During these sessions, we will share more about the Global Access Fund goal, scope, application, and evaluation process. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

If you can’t attend the sessions or need additional support, you can contact our Engagement Specialists:

Global Access Fund Committee

The following community members form the DataCite Global Access Fund committee:

Mohamed A. Ba-Essa (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) 

Helena Cousijn (DataCite, Netherlands)

Britta Dreyer (DataCite, Germany) 

Maria Lucia Lizarazo Rivero (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)

Salvatore Mele (CERN, Switzerland)

Jamie Wittenberg (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)


Selection process 

The selection and evaluation process for GAF funding consists of three stages:

  1. The first stage consists of the GAF committee reviewing all proposals and taking a decision on which ones are eligible to be sent out for external review. 
  2. At the second stage, two reviewers from different regions will review the proposal based on predefined evaluation criteria
  3. Based on their reviews, the GAF committee will decide which proposals will be advanced to the DataCite Board for funding.

Successful applications that pass all three stages will receive an award notification. Applicants whose applications are rejected will receive feedback from the committee.

Reporting and project outputs

Awardees commit to attending a call with DataCite staff every other month throughout the duration of the project to discuss progress and exchange ideas with other awardees. 

Awardees commit to writing a blog post, final report and to participating in a webinar to showcase the process and impact of the project.

All project outputs are expected to be made openly available under a relevant license. 

Awardees will need to report how they use the allocated funding. All invoices and receipts need to be kept and DataCite reserves the right to audit during or after the project.

Recipients will be expected to adhere to DataCite’s ethics standards.