About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

These terms and conditions apply to all expressions of interest and applications submitted to Nesta (“Nesta”, “we”, “us” or “our”) for our Collective Intelligence Experiments for Social Impact programme (the “Programme”).

Please read these terms and conditions and our privacy statement before submitting an expression of interest and/ or application to the Programme. By submitting an expression of interest and/ or application, you accept and agree to comply with these terms and conditions and our privacy statement.

Where an expression of interest is being submitted by a team of more than one organisation, the lead organisation identified in the expression of interest will be responsible for compliance with these terms and conditions by its partners and anyone else involved.

1. Who can submit an expression of interest?

Anyone who falls within the conditions of eligibility set out in the call for ideas can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

2. What happens after you apply?

2.1 We, along with our panel of independent external assessors, will assess all eligible expressions of interest received by the deadline set out in the call for ideas. At our discretion we will select applicants which in our view comply with the criteria set out in the call for ideas. If deemed necessary, the Shortlisted Applicants will be invited to attend a video call to discuss their ideas further. All Shortlisted Applicants will be invited to submit full proposals which we will assess in accordance with the selection criteria set out in the call for ideas.

2.2 Our decision about eligibility, about selection of applicants for the Programme, and about the amount and type of support to be provided (if any), shall be final. We may publish general feedback on applications to the Programme, but will not provide detailed individual feedback or enter into correspondence with individual applicants.

2.3 Any financial or other support awarded by Nesta will be subject to the satisfaction of all relevant legal and regulatory requirements, signature of appropriate legal documentation and completion of appropriate milestones. Any funds received must be through a legally incorporated organisation. We may only fund applications which meet our charitable objects and provide public benefit. We may impose conditions and restrictions on any private benefit or profit that may be derived from our grant. Financial support provided by Nesta may not cover all the costs of your project and VAT is not payable on grants.

2.4 You and your partners must bear any costs relating to the submission of your expression of interest, application and participation in the Programme. You must take independent legal advice if you are concerned about these terms and conditions or your participation in the Programme. Unless otherwise stated, each applicant may make only one expression of interest and one application to the Programme.

2.5 We reserve the right to refuse to accept any expression of interest or application; to suspend or withdraw the Programme at any time; to vary the form and substance of the Programme or extend the deadlines; to reduce or increase the number of applicants selected for each phase of selection or the amount of support available under the Programme; and/or to reject any proposal or withdraw a place on the Programme if you are in breach of these terms and conditions, fail to participate fully in the Programme or in the event of an actual or potential conflict of interest. If any selected applicant subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn from the Programme, we may select a replacement applicant, but will not be obliged to do so.

2.6 We reserve the right to vary the Programme or these terms and conditions at any time and at our sole discretion. Variations will take effect from the date they are posted on our website so you must check this page regularly to see the current version. If you provide us with a contact email address, we will aim to notify you of any changes.

2.7 If you are unable to complete the expression of interest and/ or application process due to a disability, please let us know so that we can consider whether reasonable adjustments can be made.

3. Your promises to us

By submitting an expression of interest and/ or application for the Programme, you confirm on behalf of yourself and your partners that:

  • all information and materials provided to Nesta by you or your partners are true, accurate and complete and you will notify us immediately of any changes to information or materials provided;
  • you have provided us with all information which might reasonably be thought to be relevant or necessary for us to consider your expression of interest and application;
  • you and your partners have, or will obtain as required, all authorisations, registrations, licences, consents and permissions necessary to submit your application, carry out your proposal and comply with these terms and conditions;
  • in participating in the Programme, you and your partners will act lawfully, ethically and in good faith and will comply fully with equality and anti-bribery legislation and with any other applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and codes of practice, and will comply with our reasonable requirements, including in relation to health and safety and security, while attending interviews and workshops as part of the Programme; and
  • neither you nor any of your partners has any actual or potential conflict of interest with Nesta, the Wellcome Trust, Cloudera Foundation or the Omidyar Network (including in each case with our trustees, officers or employees) in making your application or complying with these terms and conditions and you will immediately inform us if you become aware of any such conflict of interest.

4. Use of information

4.1 Before submitting your expression of interest and application, please make sure that you have read and understood our privacy statement which explains how personal information will be used in connection with the application process and the Programme. If you do not agree with the terms of the privacy statement, please do not submit an expression of interest or application.

4.2 Where your expression of interest and/or application includes personal information relating to another individual, you confirm that you have obtained all relevant permissions for such information to be lawfully shared with Nesta and used for the purposes described in our privacy statement.

4.3 We may carry out publicity and promotion for the Programme and publish our research and evaluation in relation to the Programme. You agree, and confirm that your partners in relation to your application agree, that Nesta shall be entitled to publish the names of your organisations and a summary of your proposal in promotion and publications relating to the Programme in any media and online. We may ask you, your partners and (in each case) your personnel involved in your project to support and/or participate in promotional activities relating to the Programme on reasonable notice, including photographs and video recordings. Any publicity which you or your partners wish to carry out in relation to the Programme must acknowledge Nesta and be approved by us in advance.

5. Limitation of liability

5.1 We will not be liable to you, your partners or anyone else in respect of any direct or indirect loss, economic loss or loss of opportunity arising in connection with your expression of interest or application to, and your participation in, the Programme and/or any reliance by you on any statement made or advice given by us, our partners or contractors. If you submit any materials or items as part of your expression of interest or application, you are doing so at your own risk. We give no undertakings to keep safely, maintain or return any materials or items. We do not make any warranty about the accuracy or completeness of the information provided by Nesta in connection with the Programme. Any dispute between you and/or your partners and/or any other applicant must be resolved between you and independently of Nesta.

5.2 Without prejudice to Clause 5.1, our maximum liability to you or anyone else under these terms and conditions and the Programme (including the Programme application process) (if any) will be limited to £500. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude or limit our liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence or fraudulent misrepresentation made by us.

6. Governing law and jurisdiction

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.