The Ideas Fund is managed by the British Science Association (BSA). We take the security of your personal data and the safeguarding of your privacy seriously. The data that we collect, process and use is treated in accordance with this Privacy Information, the General Data Protection Regulation, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. We aim to be clear how we collect and use your data and not to do anything with it that you would not reasonably expect.
We collect data about people applying for funding from The Ideas Fund using an Expression of Interest form and keep this in Form Assembly/Salesforce. We use this information to introduce community groups and researchers who may want to work together, to process applications for funding and to keep a record of applicants and grantholders. We usually keep your information for two years, longer if you are successful in applying to us for a grant.
If you contact us about The Fund or apply to us for funding, we may share your details with our local Development Co-ordinators to help answer your questions or provide support.
We also hold information from our first funding round including registrations of interest, webinar registration, funding applications, and reporting from funded projects. We will keep this information secure and in line with our retention schedule.
To keep your personal data secure, we maintain physical, technical and administrative safeguards. We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis. We store your data in a secure cloud-based service which requires ‘two step authentication’ to prevent unauthorised access.
We restrict access to your personal data to only those employees and contractors who need to know that information. In addition, we train our employees about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your information.
Visitors to our websites
When someone visits www.britishscienceassociation.org, https://theideasfund.org/, www.britishsciencefestival.org, www.crestawards.org, www.forthought.uk, www.notjustforscientists.org, www.sciencelive.net, www.sciencefestivals.uk, www.britishscienceweek.org and www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/british-science-association-9815087013 we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns.
For further information, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org. You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases, some of our website features may not function as a result.
Links to third party websites
The BSA is not responsible for the privacy notices and practices of other websites even if accessed using links from our website. We recommend that you read their privacy policies and have linked to them in this privacy information where we can.
Complaints or queries about this privacy information
The BSA tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information and we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously.
You can make a complaint if you think our collection or use of information is inaccurate, unfair or misleading.
We also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.
This privacy notice was drafted with brevity and clarity in mind. It does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of BSA’s collection and use of personal information. However, we are happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent to the address below.
Access to personal information
What can you tell me about the data you have about me?
On receipt of evidence of your identity, we can provide:
- confirmation that your data is being processed;
- access to your personal data; and
- any other supplementary information
In some cases, what will be provided may be limited if in sharing the data we would also be providing data on another individual. In these cases, we may have to ask for consent to contact the other individual for consent, edit out some of the data relating to the individual, or not share a portion of the data. If this is the case, we will communicate this with you as soon as possible and explain the reasoning behind this.
When will the information be provided?
Information will be provided within one month of receipt. However, we may extend the period of compliance by a further two months where requests are complex or numerous. If this is the case, we will inform you within one month of the receipt of the request and explain why the extension is necessary.
How will the information be provided?
We will verify the identity of the person making the request, using ‘reasonable means’. If the request is made electronically, we will provide the information in a commonly used secure electronic format.
How to contact us
If you have any queries or concerns, please contact our Data Protection team:
Tel: 020 7019 4946
Changes to this privacy notice
This Policy was last updated on 25 April 2022.