Nesta, Wellcome Trust, the Cloudera Foundation, and Omidyar Network are collaborating to offer grants of up to £30,000 for experiments that generate new knowledge on how to advance collective intelligence to solve social problems.
An experiment is a way of testing something to gain new knowledge; to explore if something works; or to determine whether an assumption is true. Put differently, it is a procedure carried out to support, refute, or validate a hypothesis. Experiments typically involve control groups. Using a control group helps to isolate the effects of the experiment from other variables. This increases the reliability of the results, often through a comparison between control measurements and the other measurements.
There are certain things you will need to think about in order to be able to create an experiment:
We have recorded a short webinar on experiment design which you might find a helpful source when designing your experiment.
Yes, this is something we’d encourage. However, you need to decide on one lead organisation and one lead contact person.
No. We can only accept one application per organisation.
In the initial Expression of Interest you should indicate the overall costs that you expect, but do not need to add a detailed breakdown of the costs. If your project is shortlisted, we will go into the details of your estimated budget with you and will see if there is anything we cannot cover.
Please note that Nesta can only fund projects that advance our charitable objects for public benefit.
The grants will not fund costs for you to travel to or attend academic conferences.
There is no need for any additional financial contribution from the institution. The maximum amount of funding Nesta can provide is £30,000, so in case you need more than that to conduct your experiment you will need to find alternative funding sources.
We are open to fund additional activities within an existing project/projects that receive additional funding, as long as the proposals clearly demonstrate the added value of Nesta funds and explicitly show what the Nesta-funded component of the project is.
Yes - we welcome applications from organisations based anywhere in the UK or globally.
Of course: we are open to working with startups and large firms, public bodies and charities, universities and research organisations. If shortlisted, any private companies will need to demonstrate how they will ensure that private benefit is not excessive.
Deadline for submitting your Expression of Interest is Friday, 25th of October 2019, 11am GMT (UK time).