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May 16, 2014

Small Grants for Social Innovation Projects

Small Grants for Social Innovation Projects

The UK charity Nesta has announced it will be giving grants of up to GBP 10,000 for ideas related to innovation, including those focusing on society.

Nesta's Bright Ideas Research Fund supports new ideas related to innovation and innovation policy according to the website announcement. The call lists 15 areas of particular interest, including several that fit with SEiSMiC's focus on social innovation. They include:

  • how to encourage new ideas and experimentation in social innovation
  • scaling up social innovation
  • big and open data for social innovation

"We hope that the fund will lead to interesting insights in its own right, and perhaps in due course to some larger research projects", the web announcement reads. "We plan to fund a small number of projects over the course of the financial year 2014-15."

The call provides an online application form and requests concise proposals of no more than three pages, including a 100-word summary.

Nesta, originally founded in 2012 with a GBP 25 million endowment from the UK National Lottery, supports major charitable programmes on innovation and economy, the challenges of an ageing society, education for a high-tech era and more.

Bright Ideas seeks to support other worthy activities not covered by Nesta's big programmes.

Although Nesta is based in the UK, applicants from all over the world are eligible to apply.