Nesta Offer Grants of Up to £30,000 For Non-Profits and Individuals To Solve Social Problems.

We want to fund practical experiments that help generate evidence on the best approaches to designing and employing collective intelligence to solve social challenges. In this round, we will fund approximately 16 experiments with grants of up to £30,000 each. Five of these will focus specifically on the field of health.

We are especially interested in proposals related to education, the future of work, government innovation and health. We are also open to ideas that do not fit within these areas, such as the environment and climate change, urban development, or international development. Please note though that we can only fund projects that advance Nesta’s charitable objects for public benefit.

Proposals should be able to clearly explain the hypothesis that they want to test 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 encouraged.

  • Generate evidence for the added value of using collective intelligence versus other approaches to address social challenges
  • Testing ways in which participation in collective intelligence initiatives might help reduce social or political polarisation
  • Testing how the involvement in, or use of, collective intelligence might increase the ability of individuals, groups or organisations to deal with uncertainty or change feelings of agency
  • Testing effective ways in which collective intelligence could reduce bias in understanding and decision-making
  • Testing different strategies for accelerating collective memory and learning
  • Improving the application of existing technologies to advance collaboration or coordination to address complex social issues
  • Testing strategies to increase diversity of the crowd in collective intelligence projects
  • Harnessing collective intelligence to address the needs of underserved or marginalised communities, for example in cities or rural areas
  • Testing how factors such as the diversity of the “crowd” (socio-economic background, gender balance, ethnicity etc) affect the outcome of the collective intelligence approach
  • Piloting ways of translating between humans and machines involved in collective intelligence approaches, e.g. improving the explainability of data/algorithms used
  • Testing different ways in which charities and public sector organisations can tap into distributed collective intelligence
  • Generating insight on the connection between artistic or innovative approaches, embodied intelligence and collective intelligence
  • Evaluating the impact of methods that use collective intelligence in participatory futures - techniques that systematically engage people to imagine and create more sustainable, inclusive futures

Additional requirements for health grants funded by Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust is partnering with Nesta in this call for ideas to support five experiments that explore how collective intelligence can support public engagement with health research. Areas of experimentation that are of interest for these grants include:

  • Using collective intelligence to empower more people to play a part in the generation of knowledge about health
  • Testing ways in which collective intelligence can help highlight developing and established trends in intelligence about health
  • Testing collective intelligence based approaches to complement and drive collective impact in addressing complex health challenges
  • Harnessing collective intelligence to help fill knowledge gaps about social and health inequalities
  • Mobilising collective intelligence to absorb and/or generate behavioural insights into people’s decision-making in relation to health issues


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 and has public benefit.
  • Be made by legally incorporated organisations registered with the appropriate authority or regulator in the country of residence.

We 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. We cannot support ideas that are solely or predominantly for the personal or private financial benefit of an individual or organisation.
  • Are from an individual. You must be a registered organisation to be eligible for this funding.

Friday, 25th of October 2019, 11am GMT (UK time).

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