Nesta Launches ShareLab Fund for Collaborative Technology Ideas to Solve Social Challenges
Nesta’s ShareLab Fund supports ideas that use collaborative digital platforms to address a social need, thereby helping to relieve pressure on existing local public services. These platforms are likely to take the form of a web-based digital tool, such as an app or a website that helps find, connect or mobilise assets, time, skills, money, resources or people to address a social challenge.
ShareLab supports early stage organisations to develop and apply collaborative digital platforms that tackle real world challenges. The theme of this year’s fund is “Prevention”. The ideas Nesta wishes to fund should be focused on preventing social problems from starting, from growing worse, or from creating follow-on needs.
Example areas might include:
- Connecting the elderly
- Addressing transport poverty
- Sharing community resources
- Reducing waste and improving sustainability
- Supporting communities to help themselves
- Supporting people with low-level care needs
- Encouraging children to learn and play
- Addressing anxiety and mental health issues in young people
- Tackling homelessness
Nesta is offering grants of between £15,000 and £30,000 to those wishing to test an innovative idea, or move from prototype to pilot. The grants can be used to cover:
- Direct project costs
- Related staff costs
- Learning and development / user research
Anyone in the UK, or internationally, may submit an idea to the ShareLab Fund, even if they are not in a position to develop it themselves. However, to progress an application, applicants will need to be able to receive funds through a legally incorporated body such as a company, charitable incorporated organisation or similar, which is registered in the UK. Applicants may be working as a tech entrepreneur, for a public service, a charity or social enterprise, for example.
The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) is 5 January 2018.