Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Research & Technology Fund/Wikimedia Research Fund

Wikimedia Research Fund

Who we fundEdit

The Research Fund provides support to individuals, groups, and organizations with research interests on or about Wikimedia projects. We encourage submissions from across research disciplines including but not limited to humanities, social sciences, computer science, education, and law. We aim to support applicants who have limited access to research funding and are proposing work that has potential for direct, positive impact on their local communities.

We prioritize supporting applicants who have limited access to research funding, are in regions of the world where the Wikimedia research community has less representation, and are proposing work that has potential for direct, positive impact on their local communities or the global Wikimedia communities.

What we fundEdit

We welcome submissions that describe in-depth research proposals to improve and expand our understanding of the Wikimedia projects and their impact, introduce technical and socio-technical solutions that can enhance the technology in support of the Wikimedia projects, and advance the Wikimedia Movement towards the 2030 strategic direction. We will also consider funding proposals that focus on expanding and diversifying the community of researchers studying Wikimedia projects. For non-research related work, please see other sources of funding, including the Wikimedia Community Fund, the Wikimedia Alliances Fund and the forthcoming Wikimedia Technology Fund.

Eligibility criteriaEdit

  • Individuals, groups, and organizations may apply. Any individual is allowed three open grants at any one time. This includes Rapid Funds. Groups or organizations can have up to five open grants at any one time.
  • Requests must be over USD 2,000. Maximum request is USD 50,000.
  • Funding periods can be up to 12 months in length. Proposed work should start no sooner than June 1, 2023 and end no later than May 31, 2024.
  • Recipients must agree to the reporting requirements, be willing to sign a grant agreement, and provide the Wikimedia Foundation with information needed to process funding. You can read more about eligibility requirements here.
  • We expect all recipients of the Research Funds to adhere to the Friendly space policy and Wikimedia’s Universal Code of Conduct.
  • Applications and reports are accepted in English and Spanish.
  • Potential applicants should not submit a proposal if at least one of the following holds true:
    • At least one applicant has been an employee or contractor at  the Wikimedia Foundation in the last 24 months;
    • At least one applicant has had an advisee/advisor relationship with one or more of the Research Fund Committee Chairs or members of the Wikimedia Research team;
    • At least one of the applicants is a current or has been a former Formal Collaborator of the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation in the last 24 months;
    • At least one applicant has co-authored a scientific publication with the Committee Chairs within the last 24 months.

For country eligibility, refer to the list of countries that have previously been funded.

Application forms and guidesEdit

Please review our privacy statement prior to submitting your application. Applications need to be submitted on EasyChair, which is a third party platform. We ask that you take the time to complete a detailed user profile as this information will be used to match you with appropriate reviewers. Submitting a proposal will require that at least one author create an account on Easychair.

The application on EasyChair asks for the following information:

  • The name, email address, and Wikimedia username (if applicable) of all applicants.
  • Names/usernames, roles (with regards to this proposal), institutional affiliations, countries of residence for all other personnel included in the project, including volunteers and advisors. (Optional)
  • Proposal title.
  • Description of the proposed project, including aims and approach (maximum 2500 characters).
  • Approximate amount requested in U.S. dollars.
  • Budget description (maximum 500 characters).
  • Impact and relevance of the work to Wikimedia projects, including the degree to which the research will address the 2030 Wikimedia Strategic Direction and / or support the work of Wikimedia user groups, affiliates, and developer communities (maximum 750 characters).
  • Plans for dissemination (maximum 500 characters).
  • Prior contributions to related academic and / or research projects and / or the Wikimedia and free culture communities. If none, then an explanation of planned contributions (maximum 750 characters).

Submit proposal to the Wikimedia Research & Technology Fund via EasyChair (requires creating an account)

How we fundEdit

Application processEdit

Stage I
Applicants submit proposals in response to the call for Research Fund Proposals. All proposals will be publicly available to allow community members and Regional Fund Committees to provide feedback. The Research Fund Committee and reviewers will evaluate all proposals, taking into account this community input, and invite top applicants to submit full proposals to the next stage. The technical reviewers will evaluate all proposals. The applicants of the top proposals are invited to submit full proposals to the next stage.
Stage II
We will invite top applicants to submit a full budget and proposal, including responses to the reviewers’, community members’, and Regional Funds Committees’ comments. Invited applicants will receive detailed instructions for how to prepare and submit their proposals. These will also be publicly available.

Review processEdit

We will use a single-blind review process in which the identities of the applicants are known, but the Research Fund Committee reviewers are anonymous. Technical reviewers will self-declare their expertise for each proposal and disclose any potential conflicts of interest to Technical Review chairs. The proposals will be discussed among the reviewers and the Technical Committee chairs. Each submission will receive a composite score and comprehensive reviews from the Technical Committee chairs. Each proposal will receive at least three technical reviews and can receive input from one or more of the seven Wikimedia Regional Funds Committees when requested as well as the relevant Wikimedia affiliates or user groups. Each proposal can also receive public input from the Wikimedia volunteer communities through a structured feedback process on Meta-Wiki. The final decision will be made by the Research Fund Committee chairs considering the recommendations from the Technical Review chairs as well as the feedback and input from the Regional Funds Committees and the broader Wikimedia communities.

The proposals will be discussed among the reviewers and the Committee chairs, considering the Regional Funds Committees’ and volunteer communities’ input. The final decision will be made by the Research Committee chairs.

Selection criteriaEdit

We will assess submissions based on the following criteria:

  • Research. The primary focus of the proposed work must be research or research community building. Note that proposals with primary focus on outreach, community building, technology development/deployment, institutional support, or other non-research activities are funded through other funds offered by the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Relevance. The research must be on or about Wikimedia projects or of significant importance to the Wikimedia projects.
  • Impact. We aim to prioritize proposals that aim to enable the Wikimedia communities in making decisions or taking actions of significant impact as a result of the research conducted. We will give special consideration to proposals that directly address the Wikimedia 2030 Strategic Direction (including but not limited to the Movement Recommendations) as well as proposals that attempt to answer research questions in less commonly studied languages of Wikipedia.
  • Geography of the applicants and their corresponding institutions. Because we aim to increase the geographical diversity of researchers who contribute to the Wikimedia projects, we encourage submissions from Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia and will give these applications special consideration.
  • Community. We aim to fund work that helps the Wikimedia communities take the next step. We will prioritize proposals that support or work with Wikimedia user groups, affiliates, and developer communities. We encourage applicants to include one or more members of these communities in your team and consult Community Wishlists from 2019, 2020, and 2021 for ideas of problems raised by these groups.  
  • Prior contributions to related academic and/or research projects and/or the Wikimedia and free culture communities. We will review self-reported contributions by the applicants to gain a deeper understanding of applicants’ interests, skills and abilities.

BudgetsEdit

Requests can be up to USD 50,000 and we intend to give a minimum of six grants during this funding cycle. Detailed budgets are not required as part of initial submissions but we request rough estimates in the following categories (if applicable) along with a brief explanation:

  • Salary or stipend
  • Benefits
  • Equipment
  • Software
  • Open access publishing costs
  • Institutional overhead (up to 15% of total budget requested)
  • Other (as specified)

Final grant amounts are up to the discretion of the Research Fund Committee, who may reach out to finalists to ask for a reduced budget and a proportionally reduced scope of work. Funds will be disbursed in one payment at the beginning of the funding period (June 2023).

EthicsEdit

All proposals should follow principles of ethical research and rules and guidelines related to human subjects research. We encourage authors to read the Menlo Report for further information on ethical principles, the Allman/Paxson IMC ‘07 paper for guidance on ethical data sharing, and the Sandvig et al. ‘14 paper on the ethics of algorithm audits. Finalists must address possible ethical challenges and how they will address them in their proposal. Institutional Review Board review (if applicable) needs to be completed before funds are distributed.

Research outputsEdit

To make the results of the research actionable and reusable by the Wikimedia volunteer communities, affiliates and Foundation, applicants must ensure that any output of your research complies with the Wikimedia Foundation Open Access Policy. Applicants are encouraged to include open access publication costs as part of your budget.

Grantees are expected to create project pages on MetaWiki:Research documenting the progress of their work once a month. In addition, they are expected to complete final financial and project reports using provided templates, and present at a future Wikimedia Research event as well as at least at one event within their research community.

Research Fund Application cycleEdit

  1. Open call for applications, with office hours for interested applicants
  2. Review of Stage I proposals, including desk rejection of proposals that are out of scope, eligibility check, technical review, community review, and regional fund Committee review
  3. Invitation to finalists to submit to Stage II
  4. Technical review of Stage II proposals
  5. Final decision

Review submissionsEdit

Proposed submissionsEdit

  1. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/“S-gâb diiste” (Conocimiento zapoteco, en español)/ko
  2. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Mapa de acceso a Internet y uso de proyectos Wikimedia en comunidades indígenas de México/ko
  3. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Pronunciando el mundo: un estudio sobre talleres formativos para aprehender la realidad local de los pescadores artesanales a través del ecosistema Wikimedia/ko
  4. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Cidade do Recife/PE na Wikivoyage: contingências sociotécnicas para a ausência dos bairros mais pobres/ko
  5. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Mapa de acceso a Internet y uso de proyectos Wikimedia en comunidades indígenas de México/en
  6. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Mapa de acceso a Internet y uso de proyectos Wikimedia en comunidades indígenas de México/es
  7. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Cidade do Recife/PE na Wikivoyage: contingências sociotécnicas para a ausência dos bairros mais pobres/en
  8. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Cidade do Recife/PE na Wikivoyage: contingências sociotécnicas para a ausência dos bairros mais pobres/es
  9. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Pronunciando el mundo: un estudio sobre talleres formativos para aprehender la realidad local de los pescadores artesanales a través del ecosistema Wikimedia/en
  10. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Pronunciando el mundo: un estudio sobre talleres formativos para aprehender la realidad local de los pescadores artesanales a través del ecosistema Wikimedia/es
  11. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/“S-gâb diiste” (Conocimiento zapoteco, en español)/en
  12. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/“S-gâb diiste” (Conocimiento zapoteco, en español)/es
  13. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Understanding the Czech Wikipedia community better for more effective targeting of Wikimedia support
  14. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Involvement of Librarians on Wikimedia Projects and Local Language Translation in Africa: Motivations, Limitations and the way forward
  15. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Visualizing sustainability and climate change on Wikipedia: a research in the field of information design to understand knowledge gaps, monitor and evaluate content and support Wikimedia movement editors and organizers
  16. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Reliable sources and public policy issues: understanding multisector organisations as sources on Wikipedia and Wikidata
  17. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/VisibleWikiWomen Lab: fostering multilingual and decolonizing structured data narratives on Wikimedia Commons
  18. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikimedia-based critical and creative pedagogical approaches with practicing and pre-service teachers: The impact of professional communities of practice.
  19. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikidata to Gender Rescue on Wikipedia (WiGeData)
  20. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/What lost elections tell us about the the supply of quality information on Wikipedia: A cross-country natural experiment
  21. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Automatic generation of short biographies using curriculum information registered on the Lattes Platform/Wikibase
  22. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Measuring cultural biases across multi-lingual biographic articles
  23. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Codifying Digital Behavior Around the World: A Socio-Legal Study of the Wikimedia Universal Code of Conduct
  24. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikipedia article statistics: a powerful metrics in medical curriculum development
  25. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Using Computational Linguistics to Generate Systematic Reviews for WikiProjects: A Prototype for Invasion Biology
  26. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/From Mongolia to Brazil: LiveLanguage fostering lexical diversity worldwide
  27. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Unlocking world’s cultural heritage. Understanding the impact of GLAM-Wiki projects on opening up GLAMs
  28. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Leveraging Wikidata to Describe and Provide Access to Heritage Collections
  29. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/How Does Wikipedia Disseminate Science
  30. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Improving Cultural Relevance on Wikipedia through the Participation of Immigrant School Students
  31. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Changes in Wikipedia’s Gender Gap over Time and by Subject
  32. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Abstract Wikipedia, diversity and neutral point of view: the dream of a language-independent encyclopedia
  33. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Serbian Wikipedia through the eyes of students and professors
  34. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Dashboards to understand the organization of social memory about Chileans in Wikipedia. Politicians, scientists, artists, and sportspersons since the 19th century
  35. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Mapa de acceso a Internet y uso de proyectos Wikimedia en comunidades indígenas de México
  36. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Assessing the perceived usefulness of Wikimedia projects as an academic Tool among academic staff in East African Universities
  37. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikipedians in the Global South: Towards Increased Wikipedians and Wikipedia Content Contributions From the Global South
  38. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Could featured articles reveal insights about the trustworthiness of Wikipedia
  39. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/The Contribution of Wikipedia Clubs in Strengthening Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Skills among Young People in West Africa
  40. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Exploring knowledge integrity on non-English Wikipedias
  41. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Understanding how Editors Use Machine Translation in Wikipedia: A Case Study in African Languages
  42. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Digital Role Models: Can Wikipedia diversify science
  43. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Women’s History on Lusophone Wikipedia: Mapping Gender, Race, and Sexuality Gaps Towards Knowledge Equity
  44. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Understanding How Audiences Use Wikipedia to Navigate Contested Information Environments Online
  45. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Semantic structuring of academic data: taking the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics of University of São Paulo into Wikidata
  46. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Mapping perceptions of article quality among Wikipedians from the Global South
  47. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Improving the Persistence of External References on Wikipedia
  48. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Knowledge gaps or trenches? Historiographical integrity in English Wikipedia's coverage of post-division Korean topics
  49. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/A Whole New World - Integration of New Editors into the Serbian Wikipedia Community
  50. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Disinformation, Wikimedia and Alternative Content Moderation Models: Possibilities and Challenges (2022-23)
  51. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikipedia in academic: Case of Burkina Faso, a francophone country in Africa.
  52. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Students as 'prosumers' of knowledge in the multlingual ecosystem of Wikimedia Projects. A translation-oriented approach
  53. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Analysis of biodiversity impact in wiki for healthy environment projects in Wikimedia communities in East Africa
  54. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Measuring the Gender Gap: Attribute-based Class Completeness Estimation
  55. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Reducing the gender gap in AfD discussions: a semi-supervised learning approach
  56. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Understanding the Motivation to Contribute to Wikipedia
  57. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Beyond Fake News: Auditing the Online Information Ecosystem
  58. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikipedia and Beyond: Open Education for an Equitable Future
  59. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Cidade do Recife/PE na Wikivoyage: contingências sociotécnicas para a ausência dos bairros mais pobres
  60. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikipedia and Speech Technologies: Using multimodal AI for increasing content in low resource languages on Wikipedia
  61. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/The Spaghetti Junction. Linking literature and cinema in Wikidata
  62. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/AI-based Categorization of new Wikipedia Articles
  63. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Expanding access to knowledge in the official South African languages – Antarctic Legacy Case Study
  64. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikidata in Sociable Smart Cities
  65. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikipedia for Information Literacy
  66. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Overcoming challenges of introducing Wikipedia in Nigeria classroom (2022-23)
  67. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Examining Why Educators in India Mistrust Wikipedia
  68. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/The Impact of Wikidata-powered Infoboxes on Minority and Low-resourced Language Wikipedias in Africa
  69. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Italians do it slower? An analysis of how the Italian Wikipedia community covered the war in Ukraine
  70. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Implications of ChatGPT for knowledge integrity on Wikipedia
  71. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Network perspectives on collective memory processes across the Arabic and English Wikipedias
  72. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Trails: A Reader's Guide to Wikipedia
  73. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Pronunciando el mundo: un estudio sobre talleres formativos para aprehender la realidad local de los pescadores artesanales a través del ecosistema Wikimedia
  74. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Wikimedia in the Palestinian soceity - challenges and barriers
  75. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/Freely accessible public health information: from wishful thinking to systemic solutions
  76. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/What Drives Volunteer Engagement at Wikipedia
  77. Programs/Wikimedia Research Fund/“S-gâb diiste” (Conocimiento zapoteco, en español)

Office HoursEdit

We invite prospective applicants to schedule 1:1 consultations with members of the Research Fund Committee to ask questions about the program or the relevance of their proposed work. Click here to schedule a session with Pablo in English or Spanish. When scheduling your appointment, please provide a description of your proposed research topic or question. Click here to schedule a session with Emily to ask questions related to the program and application process. Reservations require you to use services independent from the Wikimedia Foundation. For more information on usage policies of Google Calendar, please refer to Google's Privacy Policy.

Important DatesEdit

  • 16 December 2022 AOE — Stage I application submission deadline.
  • 2 March 2023 — Stage I selection result notifications.
  • 31 March 2023 — Stage II application submission deadline.
  • 4 May 2023 — Stage II selection result notifications.


Contact usEdit

Please direct questions to research_fund wikimedia.org.

Organizing CommitteeEdit

Grant committee chairsEdit

  • Benjamin Mako Hill (University of Washington)
  • Leila Zia (Wikimedia Foundation)

Technical Committee chairsEdit

  • Aaron Shaw (Northwestern University)
  • Elena Simperl (King's College London)

Workflow ChairEdit

  • Emily Lescak (Wikimedia Foundation)

See alsoEdit