Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has opened the call for applications for its 2018 Annual Research Grant.

First awarded in 2016, the grant provides up to £1,500 ($1,900 USD) to support research studies that explore different facets of altmetrics or a related topic that impacts the research ecosystem.

Previous winners of the grant, which aims to support projects that would not otherwise receive the necessary funding, include Dr Lauren Cadwallader of the University of Cambridge and Dr Evan Goldstein from the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Cadwallader and Dr Goldstein conducted projects that focused on where, how and why academic articles were referenced in public policy and on Wikipedia.

For the 2018 grant, Altmetric is encouraging applications from academics, researchers and librarians globally that offer new insight into the data. The review panel is particularly interested to receive ideas which focus on lesser-studied attention sources and move beyond examining correlations between altmetrics and citations.

Speaking about the grant, Altmetric’s CEO Kathy Christian commented,

“Since launching this grant in 2016 we have had a lot of brilliant applications – two of which have resulted in particularly interesting projects that have significantly contributed to our understanding of how scholarly research is having an influence beyond the academy. We look forward to seeing what exciting proposals this year will bring.”

All applications for the 2018 grant will be reviewed by a panel of research experts that includes Simon Porter, VP of Academic Relationships & Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science; Mike Taylor, Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science; Euan Adie, Founder of Altmetric; and Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research & Education at Altmetric. Grantees will be announced on the 8th May 2018.

The deadline for applications is 11pm GMT on 20th April 2018.

For more information on how to apply and to submit a proposal visit