The Wikimedia Foundation is accepting applications for its Research Fund, which offers assistance to people, groups, and organizations with a desire to do research on or in relation to Wikimedia projects.
The humanities, social sciences, computer science, education, and law are just a few of the research fields that Wikimedia invites input from. Wikimedia seeks to assist candidates that have little access to research funding and are putting up ideas for work that might have an immediate, beneficial impact on their local communities.
Wikimedia gives priority to candidates that are in parts of the globe where the Wikimedia research community is underrepresented, have limited access to research funding, and are proposing work that might have a direct, beneficial influence on their local communities or the global Wikimedia communities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wikimedia expects 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.
- 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 II
- Wikimedia Foundation 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.