Since we launched in December 2010, the Digital Science team has been hard at work not only crafting our own software solutions for science, but also engaging with and supporting a range of start-ups and innovators who are working to make research more effective. Today we’re launching a new initiative set to push that engagement and investment in technology one step further.

We’re thrilled to unveil the Catalyst Grant – a programme designed to unleash the most promising new ideas for software in science. This provides grants up to £15,000 (around $24,000) each to fund exciting innovations, and to take them from concept to prototype. They also come with the opportunity to work with the Digital Science team to help refine, develop and promote the innovation. In this way we hope to lower barriers and foster greater creativity in information-technology solutions for science. 

The process is simple and fast. Applicants are asked to submit a short proposal detailing their idea and the impact they envision it having in scientific research. Those who pass an initial screening are then asked to present their idea, preferably in person at a Digital Science office (in London, New York or Tokyo), following which a final decision is made. Applications are open now and are accepted at any time. 

For more information, and to apply, visit the Catalyst Grant web page. You can also read our press release.

We love new ideas, and look forward to hearing yours.