Funding brief: Nesta is offering grants of up to £20,000 for projects that generate new knowledge on how to advance collective intelligence (combining human and machine intelligence) to solve social problems.
They want to fund applied research/practical experiments that help generate evidence on the best approaches to designing and employing collective intelligence (human and machine intelligence) to solve social challenges.
Proposals should fit within the broad focus of the Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, as also set out in this blog. They are especially interested in proposals from fields such as health, education/ future skills, and government innovation, but are also open to ideas that do not fit within these areas. Please note though that Nesta can only fund projects that advance our charitable objects for public benefit.
Proposals should give an indication of the problem they are looking to solve and how this will be done. Below is a list of potential areas for experimentation. Please note the examples are not exhaustive, so experiments looking at other areas are also welcome.
● Increasing inclusion of citizens and public engagement in the participation of collective intelligence online platforms
● Translating data and insights generated through collective intelligence into action
● Harnessing collective intelligence to address the needs of underserved communities in cities or rural areas
● How factors such as the diversity of the “crowd” (socio-economic background, gender balance, ethnicity etc) affect the outcome of the collective intelligence approach
● Testing effective means of incentivising sustained participation in crowd-based collective intelligence
● Piloting effective ways of translating between humans and machines involved in collective intelligence approaches e.g. improving the explainability of data/algorithms used
● Evidence for the added value of using collective intelligence versus other approaches to address social challenges
● Charities and public sector organizations piloting ways to increase their internal/organizational collective intelligence
The end product from the experiments should be increased understanding on how they can best design for collective intelligence and make the most of the flood of new technologies available to help with thinking and acting— technologies for watching, counting, matching, and predicting.
In addition to funding of up to £20,000, they can also support the selected teams in other ways. They may:
● Make Nesta’s collective intelligence research team available to provide research support to ensure experiments are appropriately designed and carried out.
● Provide matching and brokerage support, helping to generate and/or identify individuals and organizations who can contribute to the experiments.
● Organize conferences, webinars, or workshops to provide a forum to discuss experiments and findings with other grantees and a broader community of collective intelligence practitioners and academics
● Promote the dissemination of the findings through different channels and translate them for a range of audiences.
● Fit with the aim of the call: proposes a practical experiment that increases the evidence base on what works in designing/applying collective intelligence to address social problems
● Likelihood of creating actionable new insights for practitioners seeking to apply collective intelligence to tackle social problems
● Potential impact – they are more interested in proposals that generate lessons that have wider applicability and can be used across different contexts than findings which are of limited use outside a narrow niche
● Methodological appropriateness and feasibility of the approach
● Track record, commitment and openness to learning of the team and organization(s) involved in the proposal
This call is relevant for organizations already combining human and machine intelligence, and who want to test a variety of approaches or a new approach to better understand what works in designing/applying collective intelligence for social good.
It is also relevant for social sector organizations with strong technology skills and/or a technology partner who wants to compare different ways to harness collective intelligence to tackle an important social problem. It is also relevant for research institutions with strong applied research credentials and for companies/start-ups who would like to explore potential social benefits from existing collective intelligence ‘products’.
Outcomes: Desired outcomes for teams
● Funded teams have increased their skills to develop and deliver their ideas
● Funded teams have increased their knowledge to develop and deliver their ideas
Desired outcomes from experiments
● The production of new insights on collective intelligence design (e.g., models/frameworks/features/approaches) based on evidence with general application for others to adapt, adopt, or test further
Insights and recommendations will be collated and published by Nesta to inform and advance the field of Collective Intelligence Design.
Donor Name: Nesta
Funding name: Collective Intelligence Experimentation Fund
Deadline: Deadline for submitting your expression of interest for the small grants is Friday 9th, November, 2018.
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: Up to £20,000
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility: To be considered, submitted ideas must:
● Be a practical experiment that will increase the evidence base on what works in designing/applying collective intelligence to tackle social problems
● Demonstrate it will generate actionable insight for collective intelligence practitioners
● Make use of digital technologies/methods
● Demonstrate it is tackling a social problem in the public benefit.
● Be made by legally incorporated organizations registered with the appropriate authority or regulator in the country of residence.
They are not able to support ideas that:
● Are likely to increase inequality or exclusion, or otherwise have a harmful or detrimental effect on individuals.
● Are not likely to be of public benefit. They cannot support ideas that are solely or predominantly for the personal or private financial benefit of an individual or organization.
● Are from an individual. You must be a registered organization to be eligible for this funding.
● They will not fund individuals.
Eligible Country: They welcome applications from registered organizations based anywhere in the UK or internationally.
Submission mail: Not found
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