UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be launching a new £400,000 fund to encourage researchers and innovators to experiment with citizen science. Citizen science is an important way in which diverse groups of people can participate and collaborate in research and innovation.
Potential successful projects (but not limited to) might include:
- Exploring options for crowdsourced data collection
- Small pilots to test whether working with volunteers to analyse existing datasets can add value to the project
- Open/inclusive innovation –exploring options for companies and researchers to involve those who will benefit from the research in the development and testing of products
- Collaboration with communities to test approaches to co-designing research questions
- Digital innovation pilots in citizen science, with a focus on testing or extending the functionality of existing tools
- Exploring innovative approaches that focus on removing the barriers to public participation in research such as overcoming the challenges of volunteer management
Up to 20 successful applicants will receive up to £20,000 of funding to explore opportunities for building citizen science methodologies into their research. Lead partners must be active UKRI grant holders.
The fund will open for application on the 1st October 2019 and close for applications on the 12th November 2019.