What if

What if you could help
search for COVID-19 treatments
while watching video?
What if you could help
improve weather forecasting
while listening to music?
What if you could
study bacteria
while tweeting?
What if you could help
treat childhood cancer
while posting an update?

Join now


When you become a World Community Grid volunteer, you donate your device’s spare computing power to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems in health and sustainability.

World Community Grid is currently accepting donated power from Windows, Mac, Linux and Android devices.

How it works

  • Challenge

    Scientists need help

    Challenge image

    They’re searching the microscopic world for answers to our biggest problems, but it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why many use computer simulations to point them in the right direction, just as explorers rely on maps to find their way.

    Finding answers is tough, and without more computers, doing scientific research can be a bit like exploring with an incomplete map

  • Solution

    Your device makes a difference

    Solution image

    World Community Grid turns your device into an explorer. You choose a research area, download a toolkit called BOINC and join the thousands of volunteers helping to chart the microscopic jungle.

  • Impact

    Get results that matter

    Impact image

    As a World Community Grid volunteer, your device does research calculations when it’s idle, so just by using it as you do every day, you can help scientists get results in months instead of decades. With your help, they can identify the most important areas to study in the lab, bringing them one step closer to discoveries that save lives and address global problems.

Current Projects



Gut Microbiome



Your device could help...

...search for potential treatments for COVID-19.

Scientists are using World Community Grid to accelerate the search for treatments for COVID-19. The tools and techniques the scientists develop to fight COVID-19 could be used in the future by all researchers to help more quickly find treatments for potential pandemics.

Join now

Your device could help...

...improve rainfall forecasting in sub-Saharan Africa.

Researchers are using World Community Grid to simulate rainfall in sub-Saharan Africa. These simulations can help provide better forecasts for farmers which can help them successfully raise their crops.

Join now

Your device could help...

...understand how the bacteria in our bodies may help cause disease.

Researchers are using World Community Grid for a comprehensive study of the human microbiome, the trillions of bacteria in and all over our bodies.

Join now

Your device could help...

...find better ways to detect and treat cancer.

Two research groups are using World Community Grid to fight some of the most common and deadly types of cancer in adults and children.

Join now

Your device could help...

…fight tuberculosis (TB).

Researchers are building an understanding of the TB bacteria's defenses, to help overcome one of the world's deadliest diseases.

Join now



It won't slow you down.
Our software monitors your device’s performance, so whatever you are doing on your device, it stays out of the way.

Battery image Battery image Battery image

Efficient and hassle free

Battery image

It won't drain your battery.
By default, World Community Grid only runs when you’re connected to power.

IBM secured, community trusted

Security image

As a volunteer, you’re totally protected.
Your personal information will never be shared.
The software cannot access your personal files.
Security experts constantly test the system for vulnerabilities to the latest threats.

Intelligent and considerate

Data image

It won't use up your mobile data plan.
World Community Grid only downloads research tasks and uploads results when you’re connected to a wireless network.


Who’s talking about us:


While you were learning about World Community Grid…

…your device could have analyzed
291 potential cancer signatures

Join now and start helping today