We're really happy to announce that we are now accepting applications to the EBU Media Innovation Fund. Please send your applications to Grace Zakka by 16 June 2022; 18H00 CET
We’re after projects that work towards improving, reinventing, or creating solutions to be used in an app, widget, plug-in, website, prototype or formats that will not only benefit your organization but the EBU community at large. A project can be experimental as long as it is measurable, has well-defined goals, and a structured timeline.
We prefer projects that can be shared to other EBU Members in a concrete way (for example source code), but we also accept detailed processes or guides - as long as other EBU Members will be able to find it helpful and useful.
We have listed the projects that are currently in development and those that have been completed, do check them out for inspiration.
If you're unsure about your project and would like to talk it over, please email Grace and she'll be more than happy to listen and advise you.
To give applicants or prospective applicants an idea of what the fund is about, we’re really happy to share some summaries of previously funded projects that have now been completed. These are not all the projects that have been completed, but the most recent ones (from 2019). If you’d like more information please contact with Grace Zakka and she'll put you in touch with the team.
In 2021, the musikprotokoll offered dynamic streaming of its concerts. Listeners’ head movements are tracked in real time, altering the spatial reproduction of what is heard – the result is an astonishingly realistic acoustic experience.
Watch Frank Zimmer speak about the project during Digital Media x New Radio Days. You can also read a detailed report on their approach and learnings as well as visit a dedicated website for EBU Members.
The BBC R&D team has built an app that uses object-based audio to create a better podcasting experience for the listener. They've created a simple editor and made some source code available for EBU Members.
We are still working out the hosting details and where you can access all the needed material, in the meantime, you can watch Ian Forrester, BBC R&D Project Owner, talk about the work during Digital Media x New Radio Day 2022.
In the meantime, please get in touch if you're interested in learning more, we are preparing a session in April to go through the details.
The team at VRT is working to create an environment to experiment with all aspects of storytelling with a voice service. This will include — but is not limited to — the creation of a convincing, recognizable voice, setting a tone of voice, adjusting timbre and using dialects.
The team at RTS (Serbia) has been working on collecting, digitizing, and curating 100 sounds from the mighty EMS Synthi 100 (a large analog/digital hybrid synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios Ltd). These sounds are available to EBU Members to use, experiment, and play around with. You can explore the database and all the sounds on the Synthi Radio website; you can use your EBU log-ins to download the files!
Check out the report.
Check out the report.
Radio France (France): La Récré à Sons (2018; completed in 2022)
An audio skill for smart speakers, designed for kids (from 4 years old) and their family, in a secure environment. It is a new way to discover and browse a consistent catalog of contents, in all audio genres: bed time stories, music, education, information, gathered around 3 main themes:
There are 350 episodes available, from famous radio shows but also original podcasts produced by the channels of Radio France. You can check out the report for more information.
We have numerous projects that are currently in development, if you'd like to get in touch with any of the project owners, please let us know.
BR (Germany): Munchen '72 Social VR
"Munich 72" is an immersive experience in Social VR, which provides a documentary insight into the 1972 Olympic Games and the tragedy of the Munich massacre. With this project, BR want to open up the worlds of Social VR for public service content: technically, curatorial and journalistically. You can read more about the project in their one-pager.
How can the traditional “calls from the audience” be brought into the digital era? How can audience interaction be used to enhance the advantages of live radio, and at the same time add value to audiences in an on-demand or podcast setting? How can the feeling of togetherness be achieved without having to moderate free-form comments on a large scale? These are the questions that the NRK Audience team is working to answer through their project. Interactive features integrated into the NRK Radio app/website will include ways in which the listeners can interact with the studio, with each other and with the content, both in a live setting and for on-demand audio. You can read more about their project in a one-page document that they have prepared.
Watch Marrit Rossnes, Project Owner (NRK), talking about the project and recent developments during Digital Media x New Radio Days.
A rich and large archive of audiovisual content for one of VPRO’s oldest documentary series. VPRO plans to work closely with the National Archive for Sound and Vision and other partners to apply the latest artificial intelligence (AI). interventions to create innovative archival applications and connections. You can read more about their project in a one-page document that they have prepared.
Watch Bregtje van der Haak (VPRO) speak about the project and the developments they've made during Digital Media x New Radio Days.
BR plans to populate its Radio app with rich Bavarian history from its archives, so that users will have audio content for specific regions as soon as they are getting close to them (geolocalization), especially when approaching signs along the motorway indicating places of interest. The project aims at evaluating the acceptance of location-based content and providing EBU Members with a proof of concept regarding the location-based distribution of content. You can read more about their project in a one-page document that they have prepared.
Watch Florian Thoma & Martin Zöller (BR) speak about the project and the developments they've made during Digital Media x New Radio Days.
NRK’s new design profile, implemented in code, and utilized in tools for designers, developers and content producers. They’re in the process of implementing the design as code and this project will function as a pilot and proof of concept. You can read more about their project in a one-page document that they have prepared. Expected delivery date: Q3/Q4 2021
We've put together some of the questions we get asked regularly to help our Members better understand what we're after.
A: The Media Innovation Fund is currently set up for Members (aka Active Members) only. Should this change we'll make sure to inform you.
A: We’re after a project that works towards improving, reinventing, or creating solutions to be used in an app, widget, plug-in, website, prototype or formats that will not only benefit your organization but the EBU community at large. A project can be experimental as long as it is measurable, has well-defined goals, and a structured timeline.
A: Impact is our biggest driver for expanding the Media Innovation Fund. Our main goal is to find projects that can benefit other Members more practically. This means being able to share knowledge beyond a presentation or report such as open source solutions, detailed how-to manuals, or clear and replicable processes.
You can find additional questions and answers here.