Wikimedia Research & Technology Fund 2022 (up to $50,000)


Deadline: December 16, 2022

Applications are open for the Wikimedia Research & Technology Fund 2022. The Research Fund provides support to individuals, groups, and organizations with research interests on or about Wikimedia projects.

They encourage submissions from across research disciplines including but not limited to humanities, social sciences, computer science, education, and law. They aim to support applicants who have limited access to research funding and are proposing work that has potential for direct, positive impact on their local communities.

They prioritize supporting applicants who have limited access to research funding, are in regions of the world where the Wikimedia research community has less representation, and are proposing work that has potential for direct, positive impact on their local communities or the global Wikimedia communities.

Grant

  • Requests must be over USD $2,000. Maximum request is USD $50,000.

Eligibility

  • Individuals, groups, and organizations may apply. Any individual is allowed three open grants at any one time. This includes Rapid Funds. Groups or organizations can have up to five open grants at any one time.
  • Funding periods can be up to 12 months in length. Proposed work should start no sooner than June 1, 2023 and end no later than May 31, 2024.
  • Recipients must agree to the reporting requirements, be willing to sign a grant agreement, and provide the Wikimedia Foundation with information needed to process funding.
  • They expect all recipients of the Research Funds to adhere to the Friendly space policy and Wikimedia’s Universal Code of Conduct.
  • Applications and reports are accepted in English and Spanish.
  • Potential applicants should not submit a proposal if at least one of the following holds true:
    • At least one applicant has been an employee or contractor at  the Wikimedia Foundation in the last 24 months;
    • At least one applicant has had an advisee/advisor relationship with one or more of the Research Fund Committee Chairs or members of the Wikimedia Research team;
    • At least one of the applicants is a current or has been a former Formal Collaborator of the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation in the last 24 months;
    • At least one applicant has co-authored a scientific publication with the Committee Chairs within the last 24 months.

Selection Criteria

They will assess submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Research. The primary focus of the proposed work must be research or research community building. Note that proposals with primary focus on outreach, community building, technology development/deployment, institutional support, or other non-research activities are funded through other funds offered by the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Relevance. The research must be on or about Wikimedia projects or of significant importance to the Wikimedia projects.
  • Impact. They aim to prioritize proposals that aim to enable the Wikimedia communities in making decisions or taking actions of significant impact as a result of the research conducted. They will give special consideration to proposals that directly address the Wikimedia 2030 Strategic Direction (including but not limited to the Movement Recommendations) as well as proposals that attempt to answer research questions in less commonly studied languages of Wikipedia.
  • Geography of the applicants and their corresponding institutions. Because they aim to increase the geographical diversity of researchers who contribute to the Wikimedia projects, they encourage submissions from Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia and will give these applications special consideration.
  • Community. They aim to fund work that helps the Wikimedia communities take the next step. They will prioritize proposals that support or work with Wikimedia user groups, affiliates, and developer communities. They encourage applicants to include one or more members of these communities in your team and consult Community Wishlists from 2019, 2020, and 2021 for ideas of problems raised by these groups.  
  • Prior contributions to related academic and/or research projects and/or the Wikimedia and free culture communities. They will review self-reported contributions by the applicants to gain a deeper understanding of applicants’ interests, skills and abilities.

Application

  • Stage 1: Applicants submit proposals in response to the call for Research Fund Proposals. All proposals will be publicly available to allow community members and Regional Fund Committees to provide feedback. The Research Fund Committee and reviewers will evaluate all proposals, taking into account this community input, and invite top applicants to submit full proposals to the next stage. The technical reviewers will evaluate all proposals. The applicants of the top proposals are invited to submit full proposals to the next stage.
  • Stage 2: They will invite top applicants to submit a full budget and proposal, including responses to the reviewers’, community members’, and Regional Funds Committees’ comments. Invited applicants will receive detailed instructions for how to prepare and submit their proposals. These will also be publicly available.

Click here to submit proposals

For more information, visit Wikimedia Research Fund.

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