US$30,000 pledged for an online marketplace of innovation ideas

Marina Lemle

Marina Lemle
Freelance journalist, SciDev.Net


Gregory Weiss, from the Global Young Academy, proposed a development of an “internet-based marketplace of ideas and opportunities” at the 7th IAP Conference on Grand Challenges and Integrated Innovations: Science for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro this week (24-26 February).

The website would connect scientists, funders, national academies and the wider society to ideas, success stories and funding opportunities focused on accelerating sustainable approaches to addressing Grand Challenges associated with poverty.

According to Weiss, the project would require a very modest investment in support to curate and support a website, yet could deliver large gains in efficiency by empowering scientists and national academies to connect and leverage new opportunities for collaboration and broader adoption of successful practices.

The proposed marketplace would address three user communities – funders, scientists and society.

Peter Singer, from Grand Challenges Canada, which supported the meeting, offered US$10,000, followed by other two participants. So, the project already counts on US$30,000.

“The standard model [of science engagement] is older men talking at you. We demonstrated a model of engagement with young people and women. This will be the new standard,” Singer said.

This blog post is part of our coverage of 2013 Global Network of Science Academies (IAP) conference which takes place 24-26 February 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To read further news and analysis please visit our website.

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