European Commission announces Call for Proposals on Media Literacy for All

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Deadline: 30 September 2019

The European Commission has announced a call for proposal on Media Literacy that aims at fostering the development of new educational materials and/or services built on concrete instances of disinformation, as well as to design methods to raise awareness about the techniques commonly used by malicious actors in order to create, distribute and amplify disinformation over the internet.

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Objectives

The general objective of this call are:

  • to increase the level of media literacy in Europe;
  • to test the scalability and usefulness of the actions developed in this context; and
  • to pursue further methodological innovation and enhanced crossborder cooperation,

Funding Information

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  1. The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is € 500.000 (five hundred-thousand euros).
  2. Depending on the quality of the proposals, the Commission expects to fund of 2 – 5 projects.
  3. The Commission reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.
  4. The maximum duration of projects is 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants
    • Only applications from legal entities established in EU Member States countries are eligible.
    • The call is open to:
      • A grouping of entities (consortia)
    • Proposals may be submitted by any of the following applicants or combinations of:
      • non-profit organisation (private or public) e.g. association, foundation, trade union, etc.;
      • public authorities (national, regional, local);
      • international organisations;
      • universities;
      • educational institutions;
      • research centres;
      • profit making entities, e.g. media organisations.
  • Natural persons are not eligible.
  • For British applicants: please, be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, applicant will cease to receive EU funding or be required to leave the project on the basis of the grant agreement.

Eligible activities

The following types of activities are eligible under this call for proposals:

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  • Creation of multilingual on-line material including fact-checked news repositories and interactive educational tools to improve the capacities of citizens to acquire a critical understanding of the media, in particular content accessed via social media, and to interact with it. Such actions should involve cooperation with relevant community organisations including libraries, media outlets, online platforms, media literacy organisations, fact-checking and/or academic bodies with specific expertise on disinformation;
  • Development of tools and innovative methodologies to raise awareness about the danger of receiving and propagating disinformation, promote the use of fact-checking services and the reporting by social media users of possible instances of disinformation;
  • Promotion of social media campaigns and other relevant activities aimed at helping citizens to interact with digital media in a critically evaluative way (e.g. citizens’ participation in debunking, etc.), deconstruct media communication and distinguish information from propaganda;
  • Identification of best practice and efficient dissemination of the material created by the project. This can be achieved through the building of networks of practitioners who can act as multipliers of best practice;
  • Community-led activities to tailor and make accessible the above-mentioned tools and materials to minorities, low-skilled people, digital immigrants (50+) or people at risk of being socially marginalised.

Eligible costs

Eligible costs shall meet all the following criteria:

  • they are incurred by the beneficiary.
  • they are incurred during the duration of the action, with the exception of costs relating to final reports and audit certificates;
    • The period of eligibility of costs will start as specified in the grant agreement.
    • If a beneficiary can demonstrate the need to start the action before the agreement is signed, the costs eligibility period may start before that signature. Under no circumstances can the eligibility period start before the date of submission of the grant application.
  • they are indicated in the estimated budget of the action;
  • they are necessary for the implementation of the action which is the subject of the grant;
  • they are identifiable and verifiable, in particular being recorded in the accounting records of the beneficiary and determined according to the applicable accounting standards of the country where the beneficiary is established and according to the usual cost accounting practices of the beneficiary;
  • they comply with the requirements of applicable tax and social legislation;
  • they are reasonable, justified, and comply with the principle of sound financial management, in particular regarding economy and efficiency.

How to Apply

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Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/2018-2019-call-proposals-preparatory-action-media-literacy-all

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