The OSF usage tiers are levels of storage available for purchase to support your project needs. See the table below to view additional storage options and their associated costs.
Use the OSF usage tiers to calculate costs for including the OSF infrastructure as a line item in your grant proposal, Data Management Plan (DMP), or project budget.
Research projects that exceed the 50 GB OSF public storage limit or the 5 GB private storage limit will require extra capacity. Use the OSF usage tiers to determine the price of your additional storage.
Determine the appropriate amount of OSF storage for your project or proposal using the table below. Please contact our team at email@example.com to request a quote should you anticipate your project will exceed 1 TB of data.
|Storage Amount||Tier Cost|
|0 - 100 GB||$500|
|101 - 250 GB||$1,000|
|251 - 500 GB||$2,000|
|501 - 750 GB||$3,000|
|751 GB - 1 TB||$4,000|
|Above 1 TB||Request cost|
Data storage on Google Cloud Platform, keeping 3 types of hashes (MD5, SHA-1, and SHA-256), coldline backups kept indefinitely
View the table above to estimate the total anticipated amount of storage your project will require and then include the corresponding amount in your proposal. Your Funder will likely have requirements about what to include in a DMP, but we can also provide suggested language overviewing OSF storage amounts and coverage details. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this suggested language and to determine whether it can appropriately support your proposal. If necessary, COS will provide an invoice based on your indicated storage tier. Please complete this form to request an invoice.
Yes. View the table above to estimate the total anticipated amount of storage your project will require. Then, complete this form with your indicated amount to request an invoice.
Yes, COS will charge the total amount of the anticipated storage tier that corresponds with the OSF Storage requirements of your research project. Unused funds will help support the ongoing storage, hosting, maintenance, and preservation costs of OSF. If you require additional space, we will work with you to increase the allotment and adjust the fee.
Your project will be capped at the originally agreed upon storage amount, and you will not be charged without your consent. If you wish to increase your storage amount above the originally agreed upon amount, you must submit a new invoice to request the next tier of OSF storage allotment. Please see the table above to calculate anticipated storage costs above your originally agreed upon tier.
Thank you for your contribution! View the questions above for more information about how to include OSF in your next grant proposal. If your project will use OSF storage, we appreciate your support of ongoing costs for COS. If your project will use storage above the caps, you are encouraged to use the storage multiplier to add this to your grant proposal to cover those costs and increase your storage amount to support your project needs.
The fees are for data storage on Google Cloud Platform, keeping 3 types of hashes (MD5, SHA-1, and SHA-256) for every file, coldline backups kept indefinitely, a portion of OSF maintenance to ensure performant access, a contribution to COS’s Preservation Fund which ensures read access to hosted data for 50+ years, and data hosting for sharing, accessing , discovery, and downloading. When you purchase a storage tier and pay the fee, your project cap will be set at that limit and you can use that storage amount on OSF without a recurring fee. Once that storage limit is met, you won’t be able to upload additional content without increasing your limit by paying for an additional storage tier.