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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge


$10,000-10 million funding for projects that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive.

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  • Internal Deadline: 17th July
  • Total Funding Amount (up to 10 grantees): $10,000-10 million is a non-profit founded in 2002 by a group of innovative social entrepreneurs and anti-poverty advocates with the goal of helping alleviating debt, fighting AIDS, and reducing trade inequalities in Africa. In what ultimately became the ONE Campaign, the organisation galvanized support for poverty alleviation by focusing on data-driven, evidence-based approaches to development. In January 2020, was relaunched by Rockefeller Foundation and the Mastercard Centre for Inclusive Growth as a platform for partnerships to build the field of data science for social impact.

In May 2020, announced the $10m Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge, which is an open call for breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive. The Challenge aims to catalyse innovative and scalable solutions that address societal issues, advance shared prosperity and help ensure an inclusive recovery, as well as building resilience for the future. The call is particularly focused on three mission statements of jobs of tomorrow,” “access to capitaland cities and towns,but applications on other ways of using data science to ensure prosperity will also be considered. Over the coming years, intends to disburse up to $100m supporting data science for social good.

Importantly, the team welcomes applications at different stages of development idea, pilot, scaling and replication. Applications that have the vision and potential for public benefit but have not yet established a pathway to achieve this may still be progressed from Stage 1 to Stage 2.

The Challenge will award up to ten final winners with a combination of grant funding and in-kind support with a combined total value of between $10,000 and $10,000,000 USD. The amount and composition of each Award will be based on the Awardee’s specific needs as detailed in their proposal for the Challenge. Additionally, all Challenge participants who submit a complete Stage 2 applications will be awarded $2,000 in funding upon confirmed receipt of the application as consideration for their efforts in advancing inclusive growth through data science, and for the intellectual property licenses granted (further information below).

Applications from the University of Cambridge are being coordinated by CUDAR, Cambridge Global Challenges SRI, Trust and Technology SRI and Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery.

For more information and to apply please contact Niamh O’Mahony, (CUDAR)

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