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Mozilla Technology Fund 2024 – Call For Applications | $50,000 USD Award

The Mozilla Technology Fund (MTF) supports open source technologists whose work furthers promising approaches to solving pressing issues.

About Mozilla

The Mozilla Foundation is an American non-profit organization that exists to support and collectively lead the open source Mozilla project. Founded in July 2003, the organization sets the policies that govern development, operates key infrastructure and controls Mozilla trademarks and copyrights.

It owns a taxable subsidiary: the Mozilla Corporation, which employs many Mozilla developers and coordinates releases of the Mozilla Firefox web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird email client. The Mozilla Foundation.

Aim and Benefits of Mozilla Technology Fund

Successful applications will be rewarded awards of up to $50,000 USD each out of a total pool of $300,000 USD.

Requirements for Mozilla Technology Fund Qualification

We imagine that the Bias and Transparency in AI Awards will support a variety of software projects (including utilities and frameworks), data sets, tools and design concepts.

We will not consider applications for policy or research projects (though software projects which leverage, support or amplify policy and research initiatives will be considered—for example, bias metrics and statistical analyses being turned into easy to use and interpret software implementations). Some example projects we can imagine:

  • Projects that help expose elements of how AI systems in consumer technology products work, the bias that may be inherent in them and/or how to mitigate the bias in these systems
  • Utilities that help developers understand and identify bias when building datasets and AI systems
  • Components that allow developers to provide more transparency to users on the inner workings of AI systems
  • Tools to help identify, understand and mitigate the bias inherent in publicly-available datasets

Applicants should:

  • Have a product or working prototype in hand—projects which have not moved beyond the idea stage will not be considered
  • Already have a core team in place to support the development of the project (this team might include software developers working in close collaboration with AI researchers, designers, product/project managers and subject matter experts)
  • Embrace openness, transparency, and community stewardship as methodology
  • Make their work available under an open-source license

Applicants must meet the following requirements

  • Be legally able to receive funds in the form of a grant from the Mozilla Foundation (a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization)
  • Be working towards solving a public interest problem or issue related to the focus of this Call for Proposals
  • Meet the criteria outlined in the ‘What are we looking for?’ section above

Interview date, Process and Venue for Mozilla Technology Fund

These awards are open to all applicants regardless of geographic location or institutional affiliation, except where legally prohibited. However, Mozilla is especially interested in receiving applications from members of the Global Majority or Global South; ??Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color; women, transgender, non-binary and/or gender-diverse applicants; migrant and diasporic communities; and/or persons coming from climate displaced/impacted communities, etc. We strongly encourage all such applicants to apply.

Applications will be accepted for a period of four weeks and will then be reviewed by a committee of experts, which will make final funding decisions and allocate awards.

 

Application Deadline

October 5, 2023

 

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Mozilla on mozilla.fluxx.io to apply

For more details, visit Mozilla website

 

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