During these extraordinary times, we recognize that Public Broadcasters are working hard to find new solutions to meet increasing and changing audience demands. As well as continuing to serve their mandate to the public by continuously and regularly providing important health and safety updates.
Therefore, we have decided to add a call to the Media Innovation Fund to support quick turn-around innovation projects that would help Members adapt to these challenging times brought on by the COVID-19 virus – such as tackling misinformation, crisis communication, interaction with loved ones, education, fighting boredom and isolation… etc.
For example (but not limited to): a widget, plug-in, app, prototypes of formats for remote teams (creative content) …etc.
This will be an open call with rolling applications; the Working Group and the Committee will be reviewing the applications on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (depending on the number of applications received) in order to take fast decisions on funding.
The original call that was opened in February for general innovation projects still stands. The deadline of 31 March has been changed to an on-going open call as we realize deadlines are not ideal in the current crisis situation. Although we are still accepting applications for general innovation projects, our priority will be for innovation that helps broadcasters cope with the current COVID-19 crisis.
As mentioned, deadlines have been lifted. Priority consideration will be for innovation projects that focus on helping broadcasters deal with COVID-19.
The EBU Working Group and the respective Committees will be considering applications on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, depending on the volume of applications.
The Fund was previously known as the Radio Innovation Fund and is under the supervision of the Radio Committee and Digital Steering Committee and is being managed by a working group from within the EBU.