The Digital Media and Learning Competition, now in its second year, is an annual effort designed to find--and to inspire--the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. In April 2009, the Competition awarded $2 million to individuals, for-profit companies, universities, and community organizations for projects that employ games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, wikis, and video blogs to explore how digital technologies are changing the way that people learn and participate in daily life.
For Innovation in Participatory Learning awards, primary applicants must be at least 18 years of age when the application is submitted; however, personnel working on the project may include students and others under the age of 18 as long as they are working under the supervision of the primary applicant.
For Young Innovator awards, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application.
For Innovation in Participatory Learning Awards, primary applicants must be institutions or organizations registered in Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Nigeria, The People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, or the United States. Since international eligibility is being piloted for this Competition, eligible countries are those with which the HASTAC Competition administrators or MacArthur have familiarity based on their respective experiences. It is anticipated that future Competitions will include broader international eligibility in one or more application categories. U.S. primary applicants may apply as individuals and need not represent institutions or organizations.
For Young Innovator awards, primary applicants must be legal U.S. residents whose principal place of residence is in the U.S. for the duration of the grant term.
Only English-language applications will be accepted.
Applicants from countries outside the U.S. are eligible only for the Innovation award category. Primary applicants from outside the U.S. must apply as organizations or institutions (not individuals) registered in a country listed under “residency” above.
Members of an Innovation award application team who are not primary applicants need not meet the above requirements, and may be organizations or individuals from any country.
The Competition encourages applications from individuals as well as nonprofit organizations, educational institutions (including schools and libraries), and corporations. Individuals applying for Innovation awards must be legal U.S. residents whose principal place of residence is in the U.S. Young Innovator awards are for individuals only, not for institutions.
Primary applicants are not eligible to submit more than one application as primary applicants (though they may act as primary applicant on one application and as a collaborator on another application). Applicants discovered to have submitted multiple applications by using different email addresses or by simply changing collaborators for primary applicants on various applications may be disqualified.
Previous Digital Media and Learning Competition winners are not eligible to apply. Principal investigators on MacArthur-funded digital media and learning projects and/or institutions that have received support under the Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning portfolio are not eligible for the Competition. However, universities that are grantees in the Digital Media and Learning portfolio will be considered eligible if the primary applicant is not currently involved as a principal investigator in a MacArthur-funded digital media and learning project. Other MacArthur Foundation grantees are welcome to apply.