OpenBright Awards are grants to women for projects in computing. To be eligible for an OpenBright Award you would be studying, or planning to study computing or a tech-related subject at one of our partner universities; have a project or research idea that you need funding for; be a UK resident; and identify as a woman.
There are typically two Calls per academic year – one in the Autumn and a second in Spring.
Yes – please see the banner at the top of this page for the latest information about dates and deadlines.
OpenBright funding is awarded for you to undertake an agreed project. If by changing course, your funded project is no longer possible, you must discuss this with us as soon as possible so we can come to a mutual agreement about the best way forward. Before you can receive an Award, you must agree to the OpenBright terms and conditions for that Award.
No – we only accept one application per person per Call. If you have submitted your application in error, or wish to withdraw it and start again, please let us know using the contact form..
Yes – but we would expect the element of the project that is funded by the existing Award to have already been successfully completed before you apply for another Award.
Yes – all applications will be considered on their own merit, and in relation to the project being proposed, regardless of previous rejection or receipt of previous OpenBright Awards.
Yes – please provide a breakdown of costs by uploading these on an Excel spreadsheet or similar. This element is important, and can have a significant influence on whether you receive an Award or not. Please be as thorough as you can – we know that project plans can evolve and you might not know the exact numbers at the time of your application, but you should include as much detail as you can. Links to examples of products and services that you are requesting funding for should be included.
The Q&A session is a chance for OpenBright Trustees to meet you and find out more about your project idea. These meetings will be held via an online meeting platform, such as Google Meet or Zoom. You will be given a 20 minute timeslot. After introductions, we’d like you to talk through your project idea for a few minutes. Our Trustees will then discuss your application with you and ask any questions they might have. You can ask us questions too.
About 20 minutes – half an hour at the maximum.
The Trustees’ decision is final and there is no possibility to appeal. However you are welcome to apply again in a future Call if you wish.
We will normally expect to transfer your Award to your university as soon as possible following the Q&A
session, and once you have accepted our offer. Your university will then transfer the funds directly to you.
At the end of the project, we ask you to complete a questionnaire telling us about the results and outputs of the funded work. This typically takes about 20 minutes. We are also interested in the output of your project.
Yes – this is of great interest and will definitely be something we would like to pursue. With your consent, we’d very much like to keep in touch with you and may contact you after your Award for feedback purposes. Awardees may also be asked to take part in publicity and engage with us on social media.
We are hoping to set up networking events and will make sure that people can stay in touch if they want to. We are very keen to keep in touch with OpenBright Alumni as the number of Awards we give out grows.
Women make up 51% of the UK population but this is not reflected in computing research, training, careers, industry and ethics. OpenBright want to help address this gender gap by supporting women students to explore new ideas and undertake projects in areas that they may otherwise not have considered. We want women’s ideas and research to be celebrated, showcased and rewarded and we hope that our OpenBright Awards will help with this. In the longer term we hope that OpenBright Awards will help more women to enter and stay working in the computing industry and contribute to technology and products that better reflect the interests, needs and voices of women.