Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) is an awards program specifically focused on supporting the [http://opensource.org/osd Open Source] and [http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.en.html Free Software] movement, with
an initial allocation of USD $ 1 million.
Mozilla is a part of the Open Source and Free Software movement. We were born out of this movement. We prosper because of the technology and activism which comes from this movement. And we know that Open Source and Free Software remains a key part of the Internet and the online life we seek to build. We have had an ad-hoc grants program for many years. MOSS is a systematic way to provide a new level of support to this community.
* MOSS Track 1 - [[MOSS/Foundational Technology|Foundational Technology]]
* MOSS Track 2 - [[MOSS/Mission Partners|Mission Partners]]
(not yet active)
* MOSS Track 3 - [[MOSS/Secure Open Source|Secure Open Source]]
Use the links above to find out about each track, including details on how to apply. To stay informed about and involved with MOSS in general, please join the MOSS [https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/forums/#moss discussion forum].
For the "Foundational Technology" track, and perhaps later for other tracks, applications need to be jointly submitted by the project and a Mozilla Champion. A Champion is an established member of the Mozilla community who knows the project concerned. Being a champion means you believe in the project and its impact. You believe that funds from a MOSS Award would make a meaningful difference in the success and effectiveness of the project. You believe the range of funds requested in the Award proposal is appropriate. And you believe that the project and/or the task fit the award criteria for the track you are applying for.
A champion does a few different things:
sponsors the project’s award proposal (it is akin to vouching for someone);* serves as the liaison between that project and Mozilla with regard to the award;* reviews the effectiveness of the award funds after an agreed upon period, to help Mozilla improve the effectiveness and impact of the MOSS program.
This review process might involve answering a set of standard assessment questions at the mid- point and at the end of the award period, and giving your written opinion of the overall success of the award. The time commitment should not be massive, but it will require thoughtfulness and honesty.