Citizen Science Exploration Grants

Exciting news has been announced by UK Research and Innovation. They are launching a £400,000 funding call to encourage researchers and innovators to experiment with citizen science. 

UKRI in their press release stated 'citizen science is an important way in which diverse groups of people can participate and collaborate in research and innovation' and 'can potentially add value to any project'.  Indeed, the support of citizen science ia a key goal in the Skilled and Diverse Heritage Science Community strand of the sector's strategic framework which launched in December 2018. 

The new funding call will help to create 'a capacity building approach, where projects that are unfamiliar with citizen science are supported to assess their capacity and need for citizen science'.  Up to 20 successful candidates will each be awarded £20,000 to explore opportunities for building citizen science methodologies into their research.

Some excellent examples of citizen science projects can be found on our strategic framework padlet, including a Heritage Science Hackathon at UCL and the Monument Monitor Project

The call is available to all active UKRI grant holders in any discipline across research and innovation and is open from 01 October 2019. The deadline for submitting a full bid is 4pm on 12 November 2019. Find out how to apply here.