The European Commission (EC) is calling for proposals for ERC Science Journalism Initiative.
The check will normally be done for the coordinator if the requested grant amount is equal to or greater than EUR 500 000, except for:
- public bodies (entities established as a public body under national law, including local, regional or national authorities) or international organisations; and
- cases where the individual requested grant amount is not more than EUR 60 000 (lowvalue grant).
- The ERC wishes to support an organisation or a consortium of organisations to set up a funding scheme that would facilitate 3-5-month stays of journalists at research institutions. The purpose is to give the journalists opportunities to learn and work on in-depth reporting projects by immersing themselves in the research environment and interacting with scientists and scholars. Such opportunities – organised for example in collaboration with ERC host institutions and in ERC grantees teams and labs – should facilitate better understanding of frontier research, while respecting journalistic independence.
- The holder of this coordination and support action grant would be expected to, among others:
- design the support programme that addresses the aforementioned problems, advances the set objective and respects the principle of editorial independence of journalists,
- set up a high-level media advisory committee to ensure the credibility and independence of the programme vis-a-vis journalists’ community,
- prepare conditions to carry out the actions, especially establish relations with ERC grantees and host institutions’ press offices to make sure the fellowships and placements are well organised and useful both to the journalists and to researchers,
- launch calls for applications or proposals for fellowships or placements through the Financial support to third parties (FSTP),
- evaluate the proposals based on the criteria of excellence and impact, ensuring balance in terms of topics covered by the participating journalists, geographical distribution of host institutions, and gender of the participants, provide funding to enable journalists’ stays at host institutions,
- organise meetings, networking opportunities for the participating journalists and researchers,
- monitor the implementation of the programme, and report to the ERC on the performance of the programme.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions;
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States;
- eligible non-EU countries:
- countries associated to Horizon Europe;
- low- and middle-income countries.
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