The End Violence Partnership is announcing the 2021 Safe Online investment round of US$ 15 million focused on strengthening systems and technology solutions to enable more effective and coordinated efforts to tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA).
With this new Open Call, they are seeking to expand on this work by continuing to create, adapt and scale technologies to deter online child sexual abuse. These technological tools could incorporate artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, Internet of Things, blockchain, and more.
Specifically, they are looking for projects that will achieve one or more of the following objectives:
- Detect, remove, and report images and videos of child sexual abuse material in a way that facilitates action, assists victims, and persecutes offenders
- Block adults’ exploitative or inappropriate access to children on digital platforms, deterring grooming, soliciting and other offending behaviours
- Stop livestreaming of child sexual abuse performed in-front of a camera (typically referred to as live-streaming of child sexual exploitation and abuse)
- Prevent online sexual abuse of children before it happens, including prevention and deterrence solutions that directly target online child sexual offenders and adults with a sexual interest in children
The open call for this funding stream falls under two modalities: project grants, and equity-free seed investments. Non-profit organisations and private companies can apply for a project grant of up to US $750,000; private companies can apply for seed investments up to US $250,000 for projects with a duration of maximum 2 years.
- For this open call they are actively seeking submissions of proposals from nonprofit organisations, such as civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, research institutes and academic institutions. For-profit organisations will also be eligible to apply. Consortia of organizations with different strengths and expertise are highly encouraged.
- Only entities that fulfil these mandatory requirements will be considered eligible:
- Your organisation is a legally registered entity within the country or countries of implementation. In addition to this, letters of support from local authorities and organisations will also be required, if applicable.
- Your organisation is able to provide previous auditing records.
- Your organisation is able to provide a reference from at least one previous donor or partner.
- The tech solution addresses one or more of the four objectives of the 2021 Open Call.
- The proposed solution responds to a clear need/gap, does not duplicate existing tools, and/or builds upon and/or interacts with existing solutions.
- At minimum, an existing prototype of the solution with promising results from initial pilots.
- Funds must not be for an organisation’s core funding, cost of infrastructure, general awareness campaigns, stand-alone research and data collection, activities where a substantial part of the budget is allocated for travel or conferences
- Your organisation has a safeguarding policy in place (including data privacy) or is willing to develop a policy. Budget for safeguarding activities up to 5% of the total direct costs.
For more information, visit https://www.end-violence.org/articles/end-violence-partnership-invests-15-million-make-internet-safe-children-safeonline