UKRI is launching a new funding scheme with up to £375,000 available to support multidisciplinary research collaborations that spread citizen science methods into new fields of research and involve citizens to address societally-relevant issues.

A new call launched by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) today will support the expansion of citizen science approaches into new disciplines, involving more members of the public in the creation of knowledge that will transform society.

The Citizen Science Collaboration Grant call builds on UKRI’s Vision for Public Engagement and the Citizen Science Exploration Grant, which is already supporting members of the public to actively contribute to research and innovation projects that affect their lives (you can read about examples from the previous grant scheme and the Oxford projects that were funded here).

Grants are offered up to £375,00 (fEC) for projects lasting one to three years.

A total of £1.5 million will be available through the call, which will be open to researchers in any discipline based at eligible institutions and research organisations. The call will support research collaborations that take novel approaches to involving the public in research and encourages researchers from a range of disciplines to work together.

Experienced citizen science practitioners will be supported to work with researchers without prior experience to facilitate the spread of citizen science methods throughout the academic community.

UK Research and Innovation’s Head of Public Engagement, Tom Saunders, said: “With this funding call we want to support new collaborations in citizen science, building links between researchers who have deep knowledge of these methods and researchers who want to explore new approaches to involving the public in their work.

“This funding call is part of UKRI’s vision for public engagement - that research and innovation should be responsive to the knowledge, priorities and values of society and open to participation by people from all backgrounds.”

There will also be a webinar on 20 May to provide further information.

Deadline for proposals is 20 September at 4pm BST.

Full details and how to apply

Criteria:

The office sift stage will assess applications by the following criteria:

  • Fit to the call
    • Strength of Principal or Co-investigator in using citizen science methods
    • Appropriate identification and involvement of a group or groups of UK citizens
    • Potential to spread citizen science methods among the research community
    • Adherence to ‘Ten principles of citizen science’
    • Novelty of application of citizen science methodologies

The panel stage will also assess applications by the following, additional criteria:

  • Quality of the research proposal
    • Appropriateness of research disciplines employed to address societal challenge
    • Quality and robustness of research design
    • Potential to address identified societal challenge and deliver proposed benefits
    • Timeliness of proposal
    • Potential for long term research impact and sustainability
  • Delivery team
    • Appropriateness of team to deliver the proposed project
    • Identification of relevant and capable partners
    • Collaborations likely to facilitate novel approaches to challenge addressed
    • Ability to spread knowledge and expertise in citizen science methods among research team
  • Planning
    • Adequate justification of resources that are appropriate to deliver the project
    • Value for money offered by proposal
    • Clearly articulated project plan