Today we are proud to announce that three innovative software tools, set to take the research industry by storm, have been recognised and rewarded by our prestigious Catalyst Grant. 

Twice a year anyone with an idea that could improve research can apply for up to £25k ($30k) and if awarded, they will receive incubator-type support from our team to help create their product and get it into the hands of the people who need it most.

The three software tools that have been awarded up to £25K ($30K) each, are:

  • Ricochet by Ripeta – the credit score for scientific publications that can detect and predict reproducibility in the trillion-dollar scientific research industry through software and analytics development; improving evidence-based science and fiscal efficiency of research investments.

  • Open Syllabus Project – software that collates and maps the college and university curriculum, on a global scale.

  • Researchably – a search tool that gives students and researchers instant access to millions of research resources, within seconds, all on one platform.

Steve Scott, Director of Portfolio Development at Digital Science and a member of the Catalyst Grant board said:

“The judges believe all three of this year’s awardees will have a major impact on the research community – and we hope to help them with this award. This year we were especially pleased to have received 30% of our applications from women, a trend we hope to see continue.

“The people best positioned to know what innovations are needed are researchers themselves – but it’s incredibly hard for those with an idea to secure early-stage funding – finding investors who understand the research market is a challenge, meaning many potentially successful ideas remain just that, ‘ideas’. That’s exactly why we created the Catalyst Grant – our financial support, alongside our advice makes a real difference.”

To find out more about the Catalyst Grant and to learn more about what Digital Science looks for in investments, take a listen of our podcast: