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CRediT secures philanthropic funding

Funds support two-year engagement campaign

The CRediT Steering Committee are delighted to announce that the CRediT project has been awarded generous grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Wellcome.  The funds are committed over a two-year period and will be used to continue to support implementations of the taxonomy across scholarly publishers, and within the scholarly research ecosystem more broadly. 

These funds are invaluable as CRediT formalizes its affiliation with the National Information Standards Organisation (NISO[1]) and works to develop a coordinated programme of outreach and engagement. In the coming year, work will focus on building out the resource and materials to support adoption and implementation of CRediT, particularly through the new website hosted by NISO, and working with NISO to set up and direct a CRediT Interest Group (CIG) to support regular engagement, capture feedback, and consider future developments of the standard to keep it useful, current and to ensure that it supports the full spectrum of research disciplines.  

Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Policy and Support at the University of Kent, and CRediT co-Chair commented, “We are so pleased that funding agencies like the Sloan Foundation and Wellcome view projects like CRedIT as important pieces of the research infrastructure that need support. Interest in CRediT continues to increase, and to be awarded funds at this time makes a real difference to the speed with which we can help CRediT to grow and be used to best effect.”

Josh Greenberg, Director of Digital Technology Program at the Sloan Foundation said,The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is pleased to help support the CRediT project’s movement into this phase of broader implementation and adoption. The Foundation’s Scholarly Communication program was founded on the premise that a broader array of signals was necessary to improve the discovery and review of diverse scholarly materials, and more granular precision about the various roles in the research enterprise is essential both to create incentives and reward structures for different contributions as well as to improve assessments of where to direct attention and trust.”

Dr Georgina Humphreys of the Open Research Programme at Wellcome notes,“We are pleased to support CRediT as a system to enable recognition for all members of research teams and an infrastructure to enable a shift in research culture and open practices.”

ABOUT THE ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a not-for-profit, mission-driven grantmaking institution dedicated to improving the welfare of all through the advancement of scientific knowledge. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in four broad areas: direct support of research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics; initiatives to increase the quality and diversity of scientific institutions and the science workforce; projects to develop or leverage technology to empower research; and efforts to enhance and deepen public engagement with science and scientists. sloan.org  | @SloanFoundation

ABOUT WELLCOME

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. Wellcome is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. Wellcome supports scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate. For more about Wellcome’s open research initiatives see https://wellcome.org/what-we-do/our-work/open-research and contact:   openresearch@wellcome.org

[1] http://credit.niso.org/

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