Funding Innovative Reporting Worldwide

At a time when many media organisations face financial constrains, 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.

  • €4.5 million Awarded from 2013 to 2018
  • 160 Projects funded
  • 385 Grantees
  • +250 Media partners
  • 30 Awards won

Innovation in Development Reporting Grant

We award reporting grants for production of out-of-the-box stories on international development topics.

Open to journalists and media organisations

€20,000 /Avg

Deadline Feb 21, 2018

Global Health Journalism Grant for Germany

We award stipends for in-depth journalistic research on global health, health policy and development related issues.

Open to freelance German journalists

€10,000 /Avg

Applications are now closed

Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for France

We will soon open a new call for proposals on global health issues reported from developing countries to be published in French media.

Open to French freelancers and journalists on staff

€13,500 /Avg

Applications will be open in March 2018

European Publisher Longterm Reporting Grant

We award grants for long-term innovative reporting of selected United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs).

Open to media organisations in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom

€130,000 /Avg

Applications are now closed

The IDR grant has been a transformative experience. We have covered a wide range of topics, from watergrabbing to food security, always pushing us to innovate and look at development journalism with a new angle. That’s what I call a game changer in impact journalism.

Over the last two years, the European Journalism Centre's Innovation in Development Reporting has given me the opportunity to look beyond the news. All the projects realized in the EJC network are beautifully ambitious: technically sophisticated, editorially free, and proudly against the mainstream narrative. That's precious, especially at a time when the importance of journalism keeps being questioned.


We would never have started our first international project without the help of Journalism Grants. Our first grant allowed us to go beyond borders and create a huge international project, Medicamentalia, the investigation that more happiness bring us so far: we won the Data Journalism Award and the Gabriel García Márquez Award. 

Being committed to report on sustainability issues in a constructive way really had a profound impression on our newsroom. We use our funded project "Expedition BeyondTomorrow" as a catalyst to establish new cooperations, technologies and approaches to investigate topics and narrate stories. And the constructive feedback of our readers is absolutely encouraging.

Emanuele Bompan

Journalist for BioEcoGeo, La Stampa

Caterina Clerici

Freelance journalist

Eva Belmonte

Journalist, Foundation Civio

Christina Elmer

Head of data journalism, Spiegel Online