Digital Science has revealed the latest winners of its Catalyst Grant award: Figures, HackScience and HipDynamics have each been awarded a grant of up to £25,000 / $30,000.
The Catalyst Grant is an international initiative to support the innovation of new software tools and technologies for research. The program supports and invests in early stage ideas in the novel use of information technology in research, with an award of up to $25,000 for the most promising ideas to aid science and further education research.
Figures: New York, USA – a workflow solution to manage figure data including creation, tracking, editing and discussion - all on one platform;
HackScience: Researchers from Imperial College London, UK – a platform enabling scientists to create, share and control open and affordable lab automation tools; and
HipDynamics: Researchers from King’s College London, UK – a data set interrogation tool in the field of cell and molecular biology.
Steve Scott, director of portfolio development at Digital Science, said: 'Once again, we were overwhelmed by the number of applications to this round of the Catalyst Grant. It confirms our belief that the award is much-needed in the science and research space. Our three winners all exhibited that vital mix of having great teams, with a passion for their product and a clear vision on where they would like to take their ideas. We look forward to working with them and stepping up our support of Catalyst as we move into 2017.'
Digital Science is a business division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and a global technology incubator focused on jumpstarting innovation in the research community.