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UKRI Citizen science exploration grants

UKRI have launched a new funding call for citizen science exploration grants. The a call is designed to encourage researchers and innovators to experiment with citizen science.

Application window: 01 October 2019, 00:00 – 12 November 2019, 16:00

Full eligibility and guidance available at: https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/citizen-science-exploration/

About the call
Citizen science is an important way in which diverse groups of people can participate in research and innovation, whether through collecting data, analysing data, or helping researchers and innovators to develop better questions. At UKRI, we are now making a long-term commitment to citizen science in our public engagement vision. Citizen science can potentially add value to almost any project. Yet embedding citizen science methods into the routine way that science is done requires a capacity building approach, where projects that are unfamiliar with citizen science are supported to assess their capacity and need for citizen science.

Up to 20 successful applicants will be awarded up to £20,000 (100% fEC) each to conduct explorative work that will help groups to develop opportunities for building citizen science methodologies into their research. These projects must be conducted between 16 December 2019 and 30 April 2020. This could form the basis of future projects which may be supported through other funding sources, including through a proposed follow-up phase of UKRI funding from 2020-2023. Applicants should be undertaking research that is related to one of UKRI’s key strategic areas of research and innovation.

Find out more about the UKRI Citizen science exploration grants at: https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/citizen-science-exploration/

#HookedOnMusic – help unlock the secret science of songs

The Manchester Science Festival Team at MOSI would like to ask for your help unlocking the secret science of songs. All you need to do is play and promote a great new online game, #HookedOnMusic – and share it with friends and family.

You’ll find it at www.hookedonmusic.org.uk

This game is the latest stage in a citizen science experiment that was launched at the 2013 Manchester Science Festival in October, with celebrities and members of the public being asked to vote for their catchiest tune, and no surprise, Kylie’s ‘I can’t get you out of my head’ came out on top – resulting in Kylie Minogue tweeting about it.

Leading cognition scientists from the University of Amsterdam, who are involved in the project, want to analyse the data they retrieve from people playing the game to predict the catchiest musical fragments, and devise ways to trigger memories and provide therapeutic benefits.

The team is keen for as many people as possible to play the game, so they can get enough results to make this mass participation experiment a real success.

So go on what are you waiting for? Play the #HookedOnMusic game and do your bit for science.