Can anyone apply?
Yes-any age, any country, no credentials required.
What type of project qualifies?
Any project that will benefit human or animal health, and that operates as a public good will be considered. See some of the other Commons Projects for examples of initiatives relevant to us.
What is required if I receive funding?
You’ll receive 50% up front, and we will check in with you during the project before sending the second half. At the end, we’ll ask for both a technical write up and another piece for a less-technical audience to be posted on the Digitalis Commons website. That’s it.
What are the key dates?
There are no key dates. Applications are rolling until all grant money has been allocated.
What kind of projects are you looking for?
We’re seeking proposals that help create public goods. This means something that provides a benefit for everyone. Examples include technology standards, mechanisms for information exchange, or even cloud services. But our examples don’t matter much—we’re keenly interested in new ideas.
How will you select the winners?
We are looking for smart people with a well-defined problem in need of solving. We pay particular attention to how you will develop a public good—as it’s the mission of the Commons.
I have a job. Can I still apply?
Yes. Anyone can apply. You just need to make sure that you don't conflict with any IP policy or contract you've signed with your employer.
Can teams apply?
Yes. Multiple people can apply together as a team. Please fill out a single application, but provide background information for each person in the team. You should designate a lead person to coordinate the application as well as receive and deploy the money.
Can I apply multiple times?
Yes, you may apply as often as you like.
I love this idea and I want to help. Can I provide additional funding, datasets, mentorship, or help reviewing applications?
We are looking for like-minded colleagues. If you want to contribute in any way, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any strings attached?
The money is a grant. It's not an equity investment or loan. We won't own any of your intellectual property. Our only requirement is that your work produces a public good.