Our Open Calls

We welcome a wide range of project ideas from individuals and organisations globally.

Setting the stage

The rise of ‘Big Tech’ platform companies has coincided with the weakening of democracy globally. The business models of these companies prioritising profits over digital rights can be seen with the unleashed high levels of hate speech, disinformation, polarising narratives and others in society today. The advance of surveillance capitalism or ‘personalisation’ - that is the mass collection of online behaviour driving data profiling for content curation, money, and power - has handed a customised experience to every person online at a cost. Different people get not only a steady diet of opposing views (shifting gradually to the extremes to keep them clicking), they also get a profoundly different set of facts. Polarisation has driven people to follow temptation into online filter bubbles that reinforce identity politics and incentivise a conflict and outrage driven mode of digital engagement. The past decade has been defined by online political mis/disinformation campaigns, especially around elections, weakening democratic participation and outcomes for every-day people and unprecedented profits for Big Tech.

Reset and our network of partners are committed to ensuring that technology works for democracy rather than against it. We must reset the rules and standards for the products and services that are at the centre of these issues. And we must raise public expectations about how the internet can better support democracy, by explaining what’s wrong, exposing why it’s happening, and offering solutions. We believe the internet can once again become a force for good, not a marketplace for manipulation by the highest bidder.

Our Open Calls are important ways for us to engage individuals and organisations working to tackle these challenges and amplify and accelerate that work. Open Calls also help to build a network of partners and facilitate and coordinate the transfer and redistribution of knowledge and resources.

Below, you can see our available Open Calls designed to support organisations and individuals focused on Policy & Advocacy, Research, Technology, and Civic Engagement projects that tackle surveillance capitalism, help educate citizens about the harms and possible alternatives, and positively shift policy, market, social norms or other technical outcomes. Begin by reviewing each fund's unique profile. They each seek different kinds of applicants or themes.

Before completing an application form, you are strongly advised to read our Guide to Open Calls, Terms of Use, and the specific criteria for each Open Call. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions, please write to us at [email protected] or find more ways to get in touch.

Our Introduction to Open Calls article may also be a good resource to understand more about why Reset offers open calls and what they mean to us.

Reset Our Future Fund

Surveillance capitalism harms democracy, human rights online, and open societies. This open call is our primary way to support organisations and people using technology, research, and education that help tackle these challenges.
[ Deadline: 1st September 2020 ]

Information Control Fellowship

Information Control Fellows are individuals seeking to advance the understanding of surveillance capitalism enabled information controls through research and technology outputs that are creative collaborations from within partner organisations.
[ Deadline: 1st September 2020 ]

Resident Fellowship

Resident Fellows are individuals who seek to advance our understanding of surveillance capitalism and change the way Reset works and thinks from the inside.
[ Deadline: 1st September 2020 ]

Review panel & process

For all Reset Open Calls, completing the application form is always the first step in the process. All applications will be reviewed by the Reset team. Selected applications may be invited to submit additional information. Finalists are reviewed by an independent panel of experts, for example from our Advisory Council or partner organisations, with deep knowledge and insight into topics related to our goals. Approval is not guaranteed at any stage of the application process. For more details, please review Our Guide to Open Calls.

Application Deadlines

Applications for all of our Open Calls are accepted on a rolling basis. You can submit at any time throughout the year, with “round” deadlines every other month. Round deadlines occur on January 1, March 1, May 1, July 1, September 1, and November 1. Applications must be submitted no later than 23:59 (11:59PM) GMT on the date of the deadlines in order to be considered as part of that round. If a submission is received after that time, it will be reviewed in the next round. Reset reviews applications at the end of each round.

Immediately after submitting your application, you should receive an email from Reset confirming that we have received your application. After that, your next contact with Reset will be a determination notice, which you can expect approximately a month from when that round’s application window closes.

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Acknowledgement & appreciation

Our open calls modelled and inspired by the successful Open Technology Fund, Data & Society, Shuttleworth Foundation, Mozilla, New Media Ventures, and others committed to open-calls. Thank you all.