Catalyst Grant  Catalyst Heading 1


We’ll help bring your idea to life, with a grant up to £15k…


What we're looking for

We like original, early stage software ideas that help benefit scientific research.


What we offer

We offer grants of up to £15,000 to help take your idea from concept to prototype.


Tell us about your idea

Submit your application and you’ll be on your way to bringing your idea to life.

At Digital Science we want to hear your innovative scientific software ideas. If you’ve got an idea to help further scientific research, then we’ve got the funding and resources to make it happen.

What we're looking for

We’re looking for the best and brightest innovators in scientific software to help you get your ideas off the ground.

We like original, early stage ideas that make scientific research and research management more efficient. Your idea can build on existing technologies and standards, rather than trying to replace or reinvent existing ones, and we prefer products and systems that are open rather than proprietary.


We offer grants of up to £15,000 to help you take your idea from concept to prototype. Along with funding, we also offer the opportunity to work with the Digital Science team to refine and develop your innovation. Funds can be used for any purpose that serves the project, including equipment purchases, software licensing, travel and reasonable living expenses.

The anticipated run time for funded projects is six months, and recipients are required to present their final work to our team. We do not claim any intellectual-property rights in your application or prevent you from working with other collaborators or investors. Do let us know if you intend to commercialise your idea.


To apply, send us a proposal of a max of 1,500 words (with diagrams) including the following:

  • a description of the product or innovation
  • an explanation of how it would benefit scientific research
  • background information, including competitor information
  • a timetable for its development
  • a budget breakdown and how you would spend the funds

We will consider applications twice within the year:
15 November 2014 & 15 May 2015

Submit your application


We rigorously evaluate applications and aim to get back to you with an initial response within three weeks.

Applicants who pass this stage will be invited to present their idea to the Digital Science team. This can be done remotely (phone or video conference) or in person at our office in London or Boston. Following this, we will make our final decision.

Priority will be given to applicants who we perceive to have limited access to other sources of funding, whose ideas are truly innovative or who make the strongest case on how to make effective use of the grant. It’s that simple.

Michael Schmidt, Data Scientist President, Nutonian Inc.

"The support we got from Catalyst Grant was instrumental - we wouldn't have been able to do the project without it." Michael Schmidt, Grantee

Reuben Robbins, Clinical Psychologist Columbia University

"Catalyst Grant is intellectual and emotional support with fast and flexible funding." Reuben Robbins, Grantee

Grant Conditions

  • Digital Science does not act as an employer with respect to the grant.
  • You must ensure that all the necessary legal and regulatory requirements in order to research and develop your idea are met, and all the necessary licences and approvals have been obtained.
  • The grant may be any amount up to a maximum of £15,000. We reserve the sole discretion to determine which applications best address our aims and are, therefore, most worthy of funding and in what amount.
  • Payments will not be made on the grant until the successful applicant has formally accepted the grant, the grant deed and the conditions under which the grant is awarded.
  • You must ensure that the grant is used for the purposes for which it is awarded.
  • By applying for the grant all applicants consent to the use of their personal data by Digital Science for the purposes of the administration of this grant and the application process and any other purposes to which the applicant has consented.
  • All submissions will be treated as confidential.
  • Digital Science's decision is final and we reserve the right not to correspond on any matter.
  • Digital Science reserves the right to cancel or amend these Grant Conditions Terms as required by the circumstances.
  • These conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.