UK’s IDS Knowledge Services announces technical grants for developers

Steve Mutinda, an app developer and founder of Simba Technologies, displays a mobile app.

The UK-based Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has invited applications developers and organizations to apply for series of technical grants meant for developers in developing countries willing to use ICTs to “repurpose and contextualise research on development issues and so inform evidence-based policy making.”

The IDS Knowledge Services Open Application Programming Interface (API) provides easy programmatic access to tens of thousands of thematically organised resources, primarily academic research, on development issues that are freely available online.

Selected individual applicants are will receive a maximum grant of GBP £ 3,000; implement the project within 5 weeks, with the deadline for applications set for February 13, 2012.

The grants are in two types:

1) Plug in grants: Which are allocated to design and build plug-ins/modules/add ons to existing content management systems and web platforms. The plug-ins will import or display a user defined selection of data from the KS data sets. There are two grants currently available, for developing a ‘Wordpress’ plug-in and an ‘HTML’ embeddable “widget”.

2) Innovation grants: Which are allocated to design and build applications or services that use innovative ways of combining data and information from different sources, to create new tools, applications and systems which are useful, meaningful and relevant for informing development policy and practice.

According to the call for applications, preference will be given to proposals that focus on the programme’s key thematic or technological areas. The preferred themes are:

•             Climate Change

•             Food and Agriculture

•             Health

•             Governance

•             Gender



•             Mobile

•             Mapping

•             Applications supporting people in areas of limited connectivity

Full details about the grants can be found here.



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