The POSE program offers two funding pathways. Phase I allows teams to propose specific activities to scope and plan the establishment of an open-source ecosystem. Phase II funds the establishment and expansion of a sustainable open-source ecosystem and a distributed community of intellectual content developers to ensure the ongoing development of the underlying open-source product, with the aim of addressing current or emergent national, societal or economic needs.

A Phase I award is not a prerequisite for submission of a Phase II proposal.

Types of awards

Phase I – Open-source ecosystem scoping and planning

Phase I Awards
  • $300,000 for up to one year.
  • Scoping and planning activities that will inform the development of Phase II proposal, specifically in relation to:
    • ecosystem discovery.
    • organizational and governance models.
    • open-source ecosystem infrastructure.
    • community building.

Phase II – Establishment and expansion

Phase II Awards
  • $1.5 million for up to two years.
  • Establishment and growth of the open-source ecosystem, including:
    • establishment of an organizational and governance model.
    • establishment of continuous development, integration and deployment infrastructure.
    • implementation of a long-term strategy for community building.
    • clear sustainability goals with a corresponding evaluation plan.


POSE funding is available to:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs): Two- and four-year IHEs, including community colleges, accredited and located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations.
  • For-profit organizations: U.S.-based commercial organizations, including small businesses, with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education and a passion for innovation.
  • State and local governments: state educational offices or organizations and local school districts.

Refer to the program solicitation for more details and find more information on the Resources page.