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Crowd sourcing for the biological sciences

Observers

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has been invited to observe the call for proposals.

Funding total

£1.5M.

Number of projects funded

Three.

Purpose

To develop and deploy crowd sourcing approaches to complex, large-scale scientific problems within the remit of the BBSRC and that have relevance to one or more of the BBSRC strategic priorities.

Key aims

Applications should demonstrate:

  • A large and complex problem that lends itself to a crowd sourced solution and that would be difficult to solve in other ways
  • A strong scientific rationale for tackling the problem
  • A strong rationale for adopting a crowd sourced approach when considered against other possible methodologies such as the use of supercomputing
  • A problem that falls within our remit and that has relevance to one or more of our strategic research priorities
  • A clear strategy for engaging and managing the 'crowd' whether human and/or computational.

Panel members

Professor Darren Wilkinson - Newcastle University
Professor Charlie Hodgman - University of Nottingham
Professor Davey Jones - Bangor University
Dr Eileen Wall - SRUC
Dr Erinma Ochu - University of Manchester
Professor Fiona Tomley - Royal Veterinary College
Dr Gavin Thomas -University of York
Dr Jérôme Waldispühl - McGill University
Dr Julia Hubbard - GSK
Professor Rainer Breitling - University of Manchester
Dr Mark Hedges - King's College London
Dr Will Spooner - Eagle Genomics