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

Deadline: 16th of December, 2022

The Wikimedia Research & Technology Fund 2022 is now accepting applications. The Research Fund offers assistance to people, teams, and organizations with a desire to learn more about or conduct research on Wikimedia projects.
They welcome submissions from many academic fields, such as the humanities, social sciences, computer science, education, and law, among others. They want to help candidates who are proposing work that might have a direct, beneficial influence on their local communities but who have limited access to research financing.
They give preference to supporting candidates that are from underrepresented Wikimedia research communities, 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.


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


  • 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 month.

– 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.

For country eligibility, refer to the list of countries that have previously been funded.

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.


  • 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.

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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