Current status: New calls for applications to be announced soon

Who we are & what we fund

We support the development of 100 projects with more grant rounds expected in 2017-2018

Who we are

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The grant programme aims to advance creative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. The grant intends to raise awareness about these issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences in the following European countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Innovative reporting projects are awarded considerable funding, with an aim to support journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop new, exciting, and even experimental reporting, employing state of the art presentation methods and techniques of journalistic storytelling.

At a time when many media organisations face financial constraints, the grant programme aims to encourage media houses to go beyond their usual reporting approaches and thus set a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage.

The grant project is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

What we fund

Seeing that we are looking to support projects of great impact and high visibility, applicants must apply for a minimum grant of €8,000. For your reference, we expect the average grant given to be about €18,000. A maximum of 55 grants will be made available in 2017-2018.
Applicants may apply for full or partial story funding
Full grants may cover direct expenses for journalistic research and study trips, including travel and accommodation, possible technical costs for equipment or crew, information procurement costs (such as access to professional databases or original data gathering efforts), graphics design and visualisation, adaptation of software, and other justified costs incurred directly for the implementation of the project.
Alternatively, partial grants can be made available to top up existing reporting budgets

The grant programme does NOT fund: salaries of permanent staff; indirect costs (overheads); expenses for the compilation and processing of data collections that are not eventually released into the public domain; purchases of equipment, machines, real-estate, general-purpose software licenses; bribes or otherwise unethical, illegal and undocumented expenses; activities violating the privacy of individuals; political campaigns or lobbying activities.

Once the original story has been published, all projects funded through this grant project will be further distributed via this website. Publication under a Creative Commons License is encouraged, in order to allow for global and free access.