Open Digital Infrastructure

Open Digital Infrastructure represents the set of open-source code, standards and knowledge assets that digital building blocks like software libraries, compilers, communication or network protocols are composed of.

They are created by individuals, volunteer communities, in research institutions and SMEs or other corporate environments. Together, they form a foundation of free and public code that is designed to solve common challenges – firstly, in programming, but when applied, also to provide a multitude of core functions for society.

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Digital Infrastructure Insights Fund

Open Calls &
Research Commissions


The D//F (Digital Infrastructure Insights Fund) is a multi-funder initiative by Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Omidyar Network, Schmidt Futures and Open Collective sustaining a platform for researchers and practitioners to better understand how open digital Infrastructure is built and deployed.

We’re creating a body of research and implementation insights that advance our goal to ensure a public commons of technology, sustainably developed and maintained, for the benefit of everyone.

Open Call

Our 2024 RFP invites new proposals and research implementations to study the production, maintenance, governance and use of open digital infrastructure, looking at, but not limited to, the aspects listed in our Funding Scope.

Projects RfP#3

Find the detailed press release about the RfP#3 project selection here.
All prior research findings and descriptions of former grantee projects can be found here.