Scientific research grants are either restricted by geography or field, and selected via hidden panels behind closed doors. The Thinkable Innovation Award is a research grant that is open to all researchers in any field around the world and awarded openly by allowing Thinkable researchers and members to vote on their favourite idea. The winner of the award receives $5000 to help fund their research.
Who can Enter?
This award is for innovative researchers who want to engage their ideas with a wider global audience. Researchers 18 years or older from anywhere around the world, in any field of science are all welcome to apply. Students, post-docs and early to mid-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply, but the award is open to all researchers.
Researchers eligible for the award:
Need to be affiliated with a public or private research organization or laboratory. These research organizations include universities, research foundations, hospitals, government or independent laboratories.
Have updated their broad field of expertise in their Thinkable research profile.
How to Enter?
Tell us about your research in a video of three minutes or less. The goal of the video is to engage your research with a wide audience. The more creative and engaging the video, the wider the audience who will likely vote for it. There are no limitations on the style of video created whether traditional slides, an animation, a song, face-to-face talking to the camera or combination of above.
Innovation: At some point in the presentation, a short description of how your research is innovative must be included. Simple examples, “our approach has never been tried before”, “it could open up completely new pathways” or “our approach is too early, novel or cross-disciplinary to be funded in traditional government funding schemes”.
Videos and audio must be of reasonable quality. Our video-encoder accepts virtually all video formats for upload - see (http://zencoder.com/en/formats).
To verify quality researchers for the public, we require a ‘Thinkable quorum’ in order for an entry to become eligible for the award. A quorum is achieved by finding at least two independent researchers registered on Thinkable to vote for your submission during the voting period. Once quorum is achieved, the entry is validated. Don't worry, if you're a student, those researchers could be your supervisor or colleagues to endorse you. Given it's an open vote, you could get many votes from independent researchers anyway!
Submission Period Start: December 15, 2015, 11:59pm (GMT)
Submission Cutoff: February 27, 2015, 11:59 (GMT)
Voting Period Start: March 1, 2015, 11:59pm (GMT)
Voting Cutoff: April 30, 2015, 11:59 (GMT)
How is the Winner Awarded?
All Thinkable researchers and members can vote on submissions during the voting period. Voters can vote on more than one entry.
The award will be won by the validated submission with most votes at the end of the voting period.
The winner will have their name published on the Thinkable Platform.
What is the award and what can it be used on?
The winner will receive the equivalent of $AUD5000 to be used for research purposes.
The funds will be transferred to the winner’s affiliated research organization in order to distribute the research funds for use by the winner.
Funds can be used for research stipend, supplies or travel needed for the winner to perform their research.
Are there any limits on the number of submissions from each person?
Why submit an idea?
Thinkable is a place to share and showcase your research in an on-going way to build a fanbase around your science. By entering this open research competition your research will reach a wide global audience who can watch, learn and engage with your research. Aside from the chance be awarded research funding, entries will be hosted in your Thinkable profiles beyond the completion of the competition, allowing anyone from around the world to watch and learn about your research outreach video to continue to build on-going support base. In this way, everyone benefits in an on-going way by entering.
Video. Be authentic. People respond positively to passionate authenticity. You don’t need a costly or slick video production to win this award.
Outreach is important. One of the goals of this award is to help showcase and connect your research to a much wider audience. The more votes, means the more people have learnt about your work – that’s great. Write a blog about it, tell people at a conference, contact your science societies, international research colleagues, family, friends, social networks and even local newspapers to tell them about your innovative research.
Start Early in campaigning for votes. The general public can view submissions without needing to login to Thinkable. During the voting period, submissions are automatically allocated into a leader-board. This means those who start early in sharing and campaigning for votes will have an advantage in that their submission will be at the top section of the competition page, in easy access to voters.
Some Legal Stuff:
Entrants consent to Thinkable using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event they are a winner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this Award (including any outcome), and promoting the Thinkable Platform.
Thinkable reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and organization affiliation) and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who Thinkable has reason to believe has breached any of these rules, tampered with the entry process or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise fair and proper conduct of the Award. Errors and omissions may be accepted at Thinkable’s discretion. Failure by Thinkable to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights. Thinkable’s legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.
If this Award is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of Thinkable, including but not limited to technical difficulties, unauthorised intervention or fraud, Thinkable reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the Award, as appropriate.
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