Please note that this call has now closed. The closing date was 12 noon on Friday the 24th of October 2014, successful applicants to the call will have been contacted by now. We may have future calls (subject to funding constraints) more information on this will follow on this page. If you would like to find out who has been funded to date through this grants programme, please see the document on the right hand side of this page.
In the Policy and Research team at Nesta we like to fund new ideas and different approaches. But we know that we don’t have the capacity to put in place a major programme in every interesting area of research.
We’ve set up the Nesta Policy and Research Bright Ideas Research Fund to provide small grants to develop interesting research projects and policy proposals in fields that relate to innovation but where we do not have big programmes already in place.
We hope that the fund will lead to interesting insights in its own right, and perhaps in due course to some larger research projects.
We welcome applications from a wide range of people and organisations, including:
In short, we are looking to fund good new ideas relating to innovation and innovation policy. This could include the development of a new idea about how innovation happens, a pamphlet making an interesting and compelling argument relating to innovation, an examination of a new innovation or technology, or a worked-up, evidenced proposal for a policy related to innovation.
Projects can involve primary research, novel argumentation, or the development of a new idea, or ideally more than one of these things. They should be carefully and rigorously carried out, and should stand up to scrutiny. The end product should be written in an accessible style, suitable for a non-specialist reader.
Types of project we are interested in funding
Fields that we are particularly interested in
Below is a list of some of the things that we are currently working on to give you an idea of what themes we are interested in (although this list is not exhaustive):
There are a few things that we will not fund through the Bright Ideas Research Fund:
What we offer and budget information
We will only fund up to £10,000 per proposal. We would not expect to fund any additional charges beyond the £10,000. Full economic costing is not required; we will assess each application on a case by case basis for overall value for money.
This will be grant funding – we will not own the IP to the work, although, as a charity, Nesta has an interest in widely disseminating the findings from research and projects it supports for public benefit and therefore Nesta may publish and republish findings for this purpose. Please note that VAT is not payable on grants.