This grant is now closed for applications
This grant is for research exploring new data driven methods for mapping what is often referred to as the ‘Below the Radar (BTR)’ organisations - small voluntary organisations, community groups and more informal or semi-formal activities in the third sector which, in most cases, aren’t represented in any formal register or database but make up large amounts of the activity happening in the third sector / civil society / the social economy.
These grants are about exploring new data driven methods for researching and understanding BTR activity, and we are therefore looking to award up to five research grants, worth £10,000 each.
Eligibility to apply
We welcome applications from Universities and research organisations, charities, companies and consultancies. We will not fund individuals.
What we are looking to fund
The end product from the research should be one or more methods for capturing new types of data about BTR organisations and examples of the application of these in practice in the UK. The lessons from the research should be captured in a short paper. Alongside this the data and insights from the data analysis should be visualised (see more detail about visualisations below).
What we offer
We will provide funding up to £10,000 per proposal.
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.
How to propose a project
Submissions should be single-spaced, in 12-point font and on A4 paper. We would like proposals of no more than four pages, outlining:
- Your idea
- Why the proposal needs funding (e.g. how it will address the questions and challenges described in the call on researching BTR organisations and what impact it will have)
- What methods the project will develop and use
- How much it will cost and any other support you are seeking from others
- A realistic timeline for undertaking the research.
- Track record in this area, including expertise and skills in analysing data and developing innovative methods for capturing data
- Full CVs of the people who will be working on the project and a description of the applicants' organisation(s) should be provided as additional appendices.
Please send your proposals by email to [email protected]
Due to the high volume of applications expected we will not be able to offer feedback on unsuccessful proposals.
Evaluation and Selection criteria
Successful applicants will be selected on the following criteria:
- Quality of the proposal
- Originality, innovativeness and level of experimentation in the proposed research methods
- Track record of the team and organisation(s) in delivering data driven research
6 February 2014 - Call opens
4 March 2014 - Call closes
5 March – 14th March 2014 - review and shortlist applications, interviews with shortlisted teams
15 March 2014: Decision on funding, contracting begins
End March 2014: Projects start
We expect the project to conclude within a year of its start