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Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme 2017

Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme 2017


Deadline: September 6, 2017

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre. The grant programme aims to advance innovative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. According to the UN, more than 790 million people worldwide still lack regular access to adequate food and nutrition. Ending hunger and malnutrition relies heavily on sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices. For this IDR round the European Journalism Centre (EJC) is looking for original reporting on issues related to:

  • food production and food security
  • health and nutrition
  • food trade and markets


  • The average grant given is about €20,000 and applicants are encouraged to apply for a minimum grant of €10,000. Each round awards 10 – 20 grants.


  • Both freelance journalists and employed newsroom staff may apply;
  • There is no citizenship, nationality or residence/location restriction on the applicants as long as the final results are published in media outlets with significant reach to audiences in one or more of the following European countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Selection Criteria

Applications are judged based on three criteria:

  • Editorial focus and quality
  • Impact and reach
  • Innovation


The grant uses a two-stage application process:

  • At the first stage, all freelance and newsroom applicants are welcome to submit an application
  • At the second stage, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application package. This will contain:
  • a more detailed application
  • a detailed budget
  • “Letters of commitment” from eligible media partners

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