Media Innovation Fund

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2022 call for applications now OPEN!

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

Download the application form in word format. Read the rules and terms of the fund

What are we looking for?

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. 

Completed Projects

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.

 

ORF (Austria): Musikprotokoll Dynamic Streaming (2022)

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.

 

BBC (United Kingdom): Adaptive Podcasting (2022)

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.

 

VRT (Belgium): Synthetic Voices (2022)

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. 

You can read the full detailed report and the process overview that the team at VRT put together. 

 

RTS (Serbia): Synthi 100 (2022)

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!

 

BR (Germany): Smart Radio, Smart Conversations (2019)

  • Creating better, more emotional conversations with radio hosts over the smart audio device
  • Hybrid of broadcast radio and conversational smart audio connectivity
  • Embraced the complementary strength of simulcast radio and new features that can be used on smart speakers
  • Open-source code available for EBU Members

Check out the report.

 

NPO (Netherlands): Radio 1 To-Go Pilot (2019)

  • NPO radio stations produce a large amount of on-demand content, but it is difficult for users to find the content they want
  • Personalizing what the user’s favorite topics are then filtering the choices into a customized playlist from NPO Radio 1 programmes

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:

  • Listening Stories
  • Learning Things
  • Listening Music

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.

In development

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.

 

NRK (Norway): Audience Interaction on Radio Apps

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.

 

VPRO (Netherlands): Archive for the Future

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 (Germany): Drive by Bavaria

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 (Norway): Design Tools

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

Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together some of the questions we get asked regularly to help our Members better understand what we're after.

Q: Who can apply? I work for an organization that is considered an “Associate Member” or “Approved Participant”. Can I still apply?

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.

Q: What exactly do you mean by “Media Innovation” or “Innovation Projects”?

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.

Q: What do you mean by impact and shareability?

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

Rules and application forms

You can download the rules in the pdf and the application form in the Word Document.

The Fund, previously known as the Radio Innovation Fund, is under the supervision of the Radio Committee and Digital Steering Committee and is being managed by a working group from within the EBU. 

Contact detail

Grace Zakka
Senior Project Manager
+41 22 717 2439
zakka@ebu.ch