DEADLINE DECEMBER 8: Content for NASA TOPS Module on Open Science Hardware

Hi @Sarah,

Happy to see that you have joined the thread!

@amchagas @briannaljohns - any place for me to dive in?

I’d suggest taking a look at the wiki that @amchagas has set up here and filling out this poll to find a time to meet again and discuss training materials.


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Hey team!

I hope the meeting worked out today. I missed a flight while traveling for a conference and was literally in the air when you guys were meeting.

Is there any way that you could provide a summary of the discussion in the forum?

Also, did this get discussed today?

NASA’s Open-Source Science Initiative (OSSI) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity under ROSES-2022, F.15 High Priority Open-Source Science (HPOSS). This program will provide funding for innovative work that supports the goals of the OSSI, including making science more accessible, inclusive, and reproducible. Proposals must be for new work to develop technology that will support open-source science, which may include the development of data formats, software, frameworks, or libraries. In addition to these core criteria, we welcome proposals that would support the goals of NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS) initiative, such as broadening participation by historically excluded communities.

Award amounts will be approximately $100,000, and work must be completed within one year. HPOSS has a rolling due date, and proposals under ROSES-2022 will be accepted until March 29, 2023. We will hold an information session for potential proposers to HPOSS on January 19, 2023, 1:00-2:00 pm ET. Visit the NSPIRES page for more details, and reach out to Rachel Paseka ( or Steve Crawford ( with any questions about this funding opportunity.

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Hi @VertiCulture indeed @briannaljohns emailed those who were at the previous meeting with what we discussed including action items. Let us know if you didn’t get the email.

And thanks for noting the NASA funding call. I just shared it in a post here, too!

hey @briannaljohns , I apparently missed this, sorry.

Are there notes? We want to do something about training material with @rmies (and probably @jarancio), we would better do it in coordination with the community here…



Who, if anyone, in the GOSH forum has submitted a proposal to this request for proposals? I am an engineering professor at Florida Tech (the closest university to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center) and have set up a maker education program already and am writing an electronic textbook on maker education (within a month or so of finishing a first draft).

The course that serves as a training ground for my open source hardware initiative is listed here:
CHE4568: The Basics of Making, Summer 2022, Sect. 01 (

My group is putting together a hybrid of a nanoparticle tracking analyzer, a confocal laser scanning microscope, a nanopositioning system, and a zeta particle analyzer to eventually watch cells move toward their eventual tissues in the presence of electric and magnetic fields, along with growth and differentiation factors.



Some of us are talking about possibly applying for a small, online event to workshop the topic of open science space hardware (to be confirmed):

@Juliencolomb: Once we’ve consolidated the list @amchagas started, I’m happy to share a summarised spiel with NASA TOPS to see if they can support us to create a teaching module for the open science curriculum they are creating/curating.

@jbrennerFIT: I am not aware of a GOSH person submitting a proposal, but I think your open source hardware course looks great! Maybe you can add it to the list above?

@hpy Which list do you want me to add the open source hardware course to? If it is simpler for you to paste it, just paste the following:

Jim Brenner, Florida Institute of Technology
The Basics of Making - CHE4568: The Basics of Making, Summer 2022, Sect. 01
Anyone who reads this and wants to use the site can do so,
but should e-mail me at first.

Jim Brenner

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I am willing to teach the entire Basics of Making course to people outside Florida Institute of Technology in the fall of 2023 or the summer of 2024 (the next two times I will offer the course to in person participants), if such participants register sufficiently far in advance. The kits for the course are $250 including a $50 budget (that is typically exceeded out of my pocket for FIT students) for the end-of-semester project. There is a lot of work to be the logistics manager for many projects running simultaneously. The $250 is in lieu of paying a bookstore for the textbook I am authoring. To get actual university credit for the course, I am sure that we would have to make arrangement for my university to get paid. While I realize that isn’t totally in keeping with the open source ideal, without it, I won’t have time to manage all the additional students.

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Just jumping in to confirm that if a group of people from the community would like to apply to the NASA call, then the Open Science Hardware Foundation can act as the fiscal sponsor and grant administrator, we would need a heads up soon though :slightly_smiling_face:

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The NSF version of this kind of open source hardware request for proposals is at Pathways to Enable Open-Source Ecosystems (POSE) (nsf23556) | NSF - National Science Foundation. I plan to organize a team related to this and the NASA call. There are some citizenship restrictions on the money.

Best regards,
Jim Brenner
Florida Tech Nanotechnology Minor Program Chair


Dear friends,

I don’t know if it’s too late for me to join in, but I’d really love to get involved in this, I sincerely believe I have something to contribute to it.

So there I am, offering (at the moment, don’t know if this may change) time and my services to anybody interested :slight_smile:

Dear @jbrennerFIT , do you have anything specific in mind for the NASA team? Want to keep me on the loop?

Best Wishes,

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Definitely it is not too late to join a team on an open source hardware proposal. NSF and NASA both have requests for proposals out now on this topic.

I have nearly completed an e-textbook on all aspects of maker education (whereas most focus on Arduino or 3D printing or laser cutting, etc.) because I have found that skill set areas that one is weak in often limit one’s mindset to take on maker projects.

As NASA Kennedy is very close to my university, we are considering expanding my three credit maker course for junior, seniors, and grad students to alumni, to students beyond my university, and to at least regional employers as a stepping stone toward going global with my maker e-textbook. I already have support from the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN; for the content development, but they don’t support graduate school work. The reasonable next step for this is to get both graduate students within my county and experienced makers within GOSH to take my class at

CHE4568: The Basics of Making, Summer 2022, Sect. 01 to the next level.

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From the NASA administrator for the Open Science request for proposals:

Dear Friends of Open Science,

Happy Year of Open Science! If you haven’t already heard, the White House, along with 12 federal agencies, a coalition of more than 85 universities, and other organizations declared 2023 to be the Year of Open Science.

Come to our monthly forum to learn more! As co-chairs within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Subcommittee on the Year of Open Science, TOPS is honored to share the stage with NOAA and NSF, discussing year of open science activities and then providing an open forum for community feedback and discussion. Join us Thursday, February 9, 1-2 PM ET. Please register at Community Forum | February 9, Time 1PM ET*.

If you are going to be in Washington, DC for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2023 Annual Meeting, start earning your NASA open science certification by enrolling in our Open Science 101 workshop, attend our panel of researchers sharing their open science experiences, or find us at the NASA booth for stickers and pins.

Interested in getting a NASA open science certificate, but unable to attend AAAS? Pre-enroll and we will let you know other ways to get started.

Thank you,

Cynthia on behalf of the TOPS Team

[image] Cynthia Hall

Transform to Open Science (TOPS) Community Coordinator

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Dear Jim,

Unfortunately (at the moment) I’m neither an experienced maker nor in your county (or country even, I’m in Cyprus), so is there still room for me? :slight_smile:

Best Wishes,

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Thank you @jbrennerFIT for highlighting the community forum, I took the liberty of posting it here.

I am also not based in the US, but I’m excited by your work putting so much open science hardware education into practice!

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@hpy and others - I understand that it will be hard to get funding for GOSH as part of this. I think what is reasonable to shoot for is a hybrid in person and virtual meeting in Florida at least once every two years of a grant, if we get one. I was more hoping for GOSH to be a set of beta testers and an outreach program.

Best regards,
Jim Brenner