Three innovative software tools that are set to take the research industry by storm, have been recognised and rewarded by the prestigious Catalyst Grant, courtesy of Digital Science – the technology company responsible for helping the global research community work smarter and discover more.

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. Twice a year we open the Catalyst Grant to applications from all over the world – and each year we receive more entries. 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.”

Your readers could apply!

Digital Science, the organisation that revealed how Brexit would cost the UK’s research and evidence market a whopping £1 billion, has created an innovation-friendly environment for anyone with an early stage idea that could impact global research, via the 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 market-leading experts to help create their product and get it into the hands of the people who need it most.


Notes to editor

Previous Awardees

Previous awardees of the grant include TetraScience (Boston, USA) – a mission control for research and development designed to accelerate scientific discovery by enhancing productivity;  Figures (New York, USA) – a workflow solution to manage figure data including creation, tracking, editing and discussion – all on one platform; HackScience (London, UK) – a platform enabling scientists to create, share and control open and affordable lab automation tools; Nutonian (Boston, USA) an AI modeling engine that analyses vast amounts of structured data billions of times per second to build the most accurate and actionable models.

See full list of awardees here.

How to apply

If you’re a researcher with an idea, or even if you are new to research but want to challenge yourself to come up with an idea that would impact the research and evidence industry, you can apply for the Catalyst Grant before 31st December 2017 here.