The OPEN (Open Project Engagement Network) Incubator is a research development program designed to advance a project from idea to proof-of-concept. Facilitators from the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center and NC State University Libraries guide participants through a cohort-based collaborative experience that introduces open research principles and offers strategies for applying those principles to produce research outputs that are FAIR—Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

Program members will gain knowledge, skills, and guidance in three main areas:

  1. Effective project development

  2. Communicating research and scholarship

  3. Preparation for evaluation

The OPEN Incubator connects researchers and scholars from various backgrounds to each other in an omnidisciplinary space, facilitating the sharing of ideas, resources, methods, and techniques.

NC State University Libraries is pleased to invest in a more open research culture by providing mini-grants of up to $1,000 to participants at the completion of the program.

Testimonials from program alumni

Dr. Carlos Goller, Assistant Teaching Professor, NC State Biotechnology Program

"The OPEN Incubator was a fantastic program that made me reconsider the value of assignments that only I see. The OPEN incubator helped me rethink my course assignments to include tools that would promote collaborative work and sharing. Now students are able to share resources beyond the class. It felt like a project that would benefit the group and not just an assignment for a grade."

Umesg Gupta, Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. student

"Everyone has different approaches to how they pursue their research ideas. The OPEN Incubator program is an opportunity to start approaching a larger community to collaborate with where you learn, share, discuss, and implement."

Inspiration for the OPEN Incubator