All early career researchers, who attend the Better Data event, are invited to apply for funding to support their own technology for measuring behaviour. Their proposals will be evaluated by 4 experts, including Professor Robert Plomin and Dr Sophie von Stumm, as well as one technology and one media expert. The five top ranked proposals will receive personalized feedback from the review panel to further develop their technology for measuring behaviour during a workshop in London.

The winning proposal will (a) receive up to £2,000 to fund the development of a pilot, (b) get expert advice from the review panel on applying the technology, and (c) have the technology showcased on the Better Data website. The fund comes from the ticket sales for the Better Data event.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 15/11/2016 at 12 noon. The top five ranked proposals will be announced during the week 12/12/2016. The workshop will take place in January 2017 in London, for which travel costs will be covered (further details to follow).

Eligible to apply are early career researchers, who (a) attended Better Data, (b) are yet to complete their PhD or have completed their PhD no more than 6 years ago, (c) are based at a British university or research centre. Proposals can be submitted by individuals or by teams of early career researchers, if each team member meets the eligibility criteria listed above. Each early career researcher can only submit one proposal, either individually or as part of a team.

The successful proposal will focus on a technology that can be used to measure behaviour in research. Technologies may be novel developments or adaptations of existing technologies for a new purpose. Proposals may focus on constructing and piloting a technology, or on evaluating the reliability and validity behavioural data obtained with a technology. Proposals should explain their project’s timeline and what the funding will be used for (i.e. budget).

Proposals must not exceed two A4 pages and are to be submitted as pdf files via email to All proposals must include the applicant’s or applicants’ (a) names, (b) university affiliation(s), (c) current position (s), (d) contact email address (one suffices), and (e) completion date(s) of postgraduate studies (i.e. date of PhD award; the starting date(s) where PhDs are yet to be completed), as well as the subject area of their postgraduate studies. Proposals in other formats, without all relevant information, or received after the specified submission deadline will not be considered.