The Nesta is inviting applications for the Collective Intelligence Grant Program – Experiments for Social Impact.
Nesta wants to fund practical experiments that use novel combinations of AI and crowd intelligence. The report ‘The Future of Minds and Machines’ sets out an emerging framework for how these complementary sources of intelligence can work together.
The experiments must test innovative solutions that could help create more equitable and sustainable futures as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. They should address pressing or emerging social and environmental issues such as reducing carbon emissions, preventing long-term unemployment, closing the school readiness and achievement gaps for disadvantaged children, and tackling health inequalities. Proposals should clearly explain the hypotheses that will be tested through the experiment, how this will be done, and how it will generate practical knowledge and generalisable insights.
- Organise 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
- Make Nesta’s collective intelligence team available to provide research support to help ensure experiments are appropriately designed and carried out
- Provide matching support, helping to identify and connect individuals and organisations who can contribute to the experiments
- Promote the sharing of the findings through different media and social media channels and translate them for a range of audiences.
- Nesta is offering grants of up to £30,000 for experiments that generate new knowledge about combining AI and collective intelligence to contribute to the UK’s COVID-19 recovery.
- Nesta welcomes applications from incorporated organisations based anywhere in the UK. They will not fund individuals. Partner organisations do not have to be registered in the UK, but the experiment will need to address UK specific challenges.
- Nesta particularly welcome joint applications between academic institutions and NGOs, local authorities or companies. They want to ensure cutting-edge methods, technology and data expertise are applied to real-world problem-solving, and that experiments are well-designed and rigorous.
- Nesta wants to support all interested organisations in finding potential partners with whom they can further develop their ideas before applying.
- To be considered, submitted experiment ideas must:
- Make use of artificial intelligence to enhance or augment the collective intelligence of large groups of people.
- Address current and emerging issues in the UK, including reducing carbon emissions, tackling unemployment, reducing health inequalities, as well as closing the school readiness and education attainment gaps for disadvantaged children.
- Be a practical collective intelligence experiment with a clear hypothesis
- Demonstrate that your experiment will generate actionable insights for collective intelligence practitioners and have public benefit.
- Be made by legally incorporated organisations registered in the United Kingdom.
For more information, visit https://www.nesta.org.uk/project/collective-intelligence-grants/