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Research Software Practice

  1. Funders should stimulate the documentation, licensing, open-source distribution, and accessibility of research software to enable the reproducibility of research outcomes.
  2. Funders should incentivize the reuse and improvement of existing research software.
  3. Funders should include research software in open science policies, following the principle ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’, to ensure it is a valuable and impactful research output.

Research Software Ecosystem

  1. Funders should stimulate the development and maintenance of a research software ecosystem, including people, communities, and infrastructure, to ensure research software sustainability.
  2. Funders should share information about their  investments and work in a coordinated manner, as the research software ecosystem exceeds institutional and national boundaries.
  3. Funders should ensure that funding instruments are fit for purpose for both sustainability and innovation, so that research software is both maintained and developed for the longer term, to encourage a healthy research software ecosystem.

Research Software Personnel

  1. Funders should stimulate the training, hiring, and funding of both professional research and technical staff able to reuse, develop, and maintain sustainable research software.
  2. Funders should facilitate appropriate reward and recognition measures that enable career progression for all people involved in the creation and maintenance of research software.
  3. Funders should require citation practices for research software that recognise substantial contributors to all aspects of the software.

Research Software Ethics

  1. Funders should encourage the responsible use of appropriate indicators to assess the degree of permanence, reusability, and impact of research software.
  2. Funders should explicitly consider the environmental and social impact of the use of research software.
  3. Funders should explicitly recognise that diversity, equity and inclusivity are significant factors in making research software sustainable.

Declaration text

Preview of ADORE declaration text (version 1.0)
Preview of ADORE declaration (version 1.0) – click image to download the full Declaration text

Cite as:

Research Software Alliance. (2023). Amsterdam Declaration on Funding Research Software Sustainability (1.0). Zenodo.


The Declaration is the product of the collective effort from many people, representing various organisations across the globe. You can find a list of contributing organsations and individuals in this document.

Who can sign?

The Declaration is intended to be signed by funders of research software. For the purpose of the Declaration, a funder is an organisation that supports research software and/or the people who develop and maintain it. Those who self-identify as funders can become Signatories of See our FAQ for more details.

The following organisations have already signed up. If you would like your organisation to be listed here, see how to get involved.

Signatories so far

Netherlands eScience Center
Forskningsrådet/Research Council of Norway
Dutch Research Council (NWO)
Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Center for Information Technology (CIT), University of Groningen
Australian Research Data Commons

Supporters so far

National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Ronny Gey, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Luuk Van Waes, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Josh Greenberg, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Richard Littauer, SustainOSS
Venkatesh Chellappa Patel, Karolinska Institutet