Wikimedia Research and Technology Fund

Opportunity Detail

  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Number of Opportunity: 6
  • Eligible Region/Countries
    Check the List of Countries previously funded
  • Medium of Instruction EnglishSpanish
  • Field of study Technology
  • Opportunity ID 64898
  • Funding Type Partially Funded
  • Duration 12 Months
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Opportunity Description

Wikimedia Foundation accepts research proposals for Research and Technology Fund from international individuals, groups, and organizations with research interests in Wikimedia projects. Applicants can submit their proposals across research disciplines, including but not limited to social sciences, computer science, humanities, education, and law.

The Wikimedia Fund aims to support researchers with limited access to research funding in regions where the Wikimedia research community has the least representation. Researchers proposing potential work for direct and positive impact on their local communities can apply for this fund.

Wikimedia welcomes submissions that define detailed research proposals to expand and improve understanding of the Wikimedia projects. Applicants’ research proposals must be with impacts to introduce technical and socio-technical solutions that can advance the technology and improve the Wikimedia Movement to the 2030 Strategic Direction.

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This Research and Technology Fund has two stages: In the first stage, applicants submit proposals that will be publicly available for Regional Fund Committees and community members to provide feedback. In the second stage, top applicants must submit a total budget and proposal, including responses to the comments of the community members, reviewers, and Regional Funds Committees.

Details

  • Stage I Application Submission Deadline: 16 December 2022
  • Stage I Selection Result Notifications: 2 March 2023
  • Stage II Application Submission Deadline: 31 March 2023
  • Stage II Selection Result Notifications: 4 May 2023
  • Host Organization: Wikimedia Foundation
  • Location: N/A
  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Number of Positions: 6
  • Degree: None
  • Eligible Countries: Check the List of Countries previously funded
  • Program Duration: 12 Months (01 June 2023 to 31 May 2024)
  • Language Required: English and Spanish
  • Fields: Technology

Benefits

Six final entrants with successful research proposals can request a maximum of USD 50,000 in funding. Researchers can benefit from the financing of up to 12 months, starting from 01 June 2023 to 31 May 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants and proposals should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be individuals, groups, and organizations;
  • Funding requests must be USD 2,000 to USD 50,000 in maximum;
  • Funding request must be for 12 months in length, and the proposed work must start from 01 June 2023 to 31 May 2024;
  • Funding recipients must agree: to reporting requirements, sign a grant agreement, and provide needed information for processing funding to the Wikimedia Foundation. Read more about Eligibility Requirements.
  • Funding recipients must adhere to Wikimedia’s Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policy;
  • Reports and applications must be in English and Spanish;
  • Applicants should check for country eligibility here.
  • Applicants cannot submit a proposal if one of the following is true:
  1. At least one applicant has been working or had a contract with the Wikimedia Foundation in the last 24 months;
  2. At least one applicant had a relationship with an advisor or advisee of the members of the Wikimedia Research Team or Research Fund Committee Chairs;
  3. At least one applicant is current or was a previous Formal Agent of the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation in the last 24 months;
  4. At least one applicant has been co-authoring a scientific publication with the Committee Chairs in the last 24 months.

Application Forms and Guides

All applicants should read these details and guides for application forms:

  • Review the Privacy Statement before applying;
  • Submit applications on EasyChair, a third-party platform;
  • Fill out all sections on EasyChair, especially the user profile, as this information will help the team match applicants with appropriate reviewers;
  • For submitting a proposal, at least one author should create an account on Easychair;
  • Please prepare the following information for application on EasyChair:
  1. All applicants’ names, email addresses, and Wikimedia usernames (if applicable);
  2. All personnel, including volunteers’ and advisors’ names or usernames, roles in the proposal, countries of residence, and institutional affiliations included in the project (Optional);
  3. Proposal title;
  4. Proposed project description (maximum 2500 characters), including aims and approaches;
  5. Approximate requested amount in U.S. dollars;
  6. Budget description of maximum 500 characters;
  7. Relevance and impact of the work to Wikimedia projects (maximum 750 characters);
  8. Dissemination plans (maximum 500 characters);
  9. Maximum 750 characters prior contributions to related academic and research projects, free culture communities, and Wikimedia. If none, then an explanation of the planned proposal is required.

Application and Review Process

  • Application Process: Research and Technology Fund has two stages:
  1. In the first stage, applicants submit proposals that will be publicly available for community members and Regional Fund Committees to provide feedback. Considering the community input, the Reviewers and Research Fund Committee will assess and review all proposals. They will invite the best applicants to submit detailed and complete submissions to the next stage.
  2. In the second stage, top applicants must submit a total budget and proposal, including responses to the comments of the community members, reviewers, and Regional Funds Committees. Top applicants will receive complete instructions on preparing and submitting their proposals. Detailed instructions will be available publicly.
  • Review Process: The proposal review process is as follows:
  1. Reviewers will use a single-blind review process. It means the Research Fund Committee reviewers are unidentified, but the identities of the applicants are known.
  2. Technical reviewers will review each proposal and share any potential conflicts of interest with the Technical Review chairs.
  3. The Reviewers and the Technical Committee chairs will discuss the proposals. Each proposal will pass comprehensive reviews and receive a composite score from the Technical Committee chairs.
  4. Each proposal will receive input from at least one of the seven Wikimedia Regional Funds Committees and pass at least three technical reviews. Also, submissions will receive public information from the Wikimedia volunteer communities via a feedback process on Meta-Wiki.
  5. The Research Fund Committee chairs will make the final decision by considering the recommendations, feedback, and input from the Technical Review chairs, Regional Funds Committees, and the Wikimedia volunteer communities.
  • Selection Criteria: The reviewers will evaluate and select the proposals against the following criteria:
  1. Research: research or research community building must be the primary focus of the proposed work.
  2. Relevance: Applicants should plan and prepare their research on or about Wikimedia projects or the Wikimedia project’s significant importance.
  3. Impact: Proposals must enable the Wikimedia communities to decide or take actions of meaningful impact as a result of the undertaken research. Special consideration will be to proposals directly addressing the Wikimedia 2030 Strategic Direction.
  4. Applicants’ Geography and Their Corresponding Institutions:  The Fund aims to enhance the geographical diversity of researchers contributing to the Wikimedia projects. Applications from Africa, Central, South America, Eastern Asia, and Europe will be under special consideration.
  5. Community: The fund is for works that help the Wikimedia communities move to the next step. Priority goes to proposals that work with and support Wikimedia user groups, developer communities, and affiliates. Principal applicants need to add members to their team and include one or more members of such communities. The organizer encourages applicants to consult Community Wishlist from 2019, 2020, and 2021.
  6. Applicant’s Prior Contributions: Reviewers will consider prior contributions to related Wikimedia academic, research projects, and free culture communities.
  • Budgets: Applicants can request a maximum of 50,000 USD. Wikimedia intends to provide a minimum of six grants during this funding cycle. Applicants may need to submit rough estimates with a brief explanation in the following categories (if applicable):
  1. Salary or stipend
  2. Benefits
  3. Equipment
  4. Software
  5. Open-access publishing costs
  6. Institutional overhead (up to 15% of the total budget requested)
  7. Other (as specified)

Applicants should create project pages on MetaWiki: Research recording the progress of their work each month. Also, they need to complete the final project and financial reports using templates. They should participate in Wikimedia research’s future events and at least one research community event.

Research Fund Application Cycle

The application cycle for the Wikimedia fund is as follows:

  • Open call for applications
  • Review of Stage I proposals
  • Invitation to finalists to submit to Stage II
  • Technical review of Stage II proposals
  • Final decision

How to Apply

Applicants can submit their proposal to the Wikimedia Fund via EasyChair by creating an account.

 

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