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Call for Proposals: Expanding Online Trust & Safety Research Grant Program

Organisation: Stanford Internet Observatory

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Mis- and Disinformation

Funding Size: Up to 15,000$

Deadline: 30/01/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    – Researchers must be affiliated with an academic institution, research institution, think tank, NGO, journalistic organization, or civil society organization that will be the recipient of the research grant.
    – The proposal can include work that is ongoing or incremental to a larger project.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Global
  • Application language: English

The Stanford Internet Observatory, with support from the Omidyar Network, is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot grants program to support researchers studying issues of online trust and safety in the majority world.

The pilot program will fund 6-10 proposals broadly studying issues associated with online safety outside of the North American or Western European context. This grant program aims to support research that explores these issues in the majority world. Projects may, for example, investigate online abuse affecting users in underrepresented languages, on non-mainstream devices or platforms, and in diverse political and social contexts. The research should highlight the impact of trust and safety issues on users worldwide.

The grant program will culminate with a virtual symposium bringing together all the program participants to present their papers. Awardees are encouraged to submit their research papers to the Journal of Online Trust and Safety or other peer-reviewed publications.


  • Topics within trust and safety might include, but are not limited to, fraud, harassment, information interference, abusive content, encryption, internet connectivity, child safety and content moderation.

Eligible Projects

  • They are open to applications to support either qualitative or quantitative research, or both.
  • They encourage applications for projects that involve original data collection (such as interviews or surveys) or original data analysis (such as analysis of a specific safety issue in a particular country on a specific platform).
  • They cannot support projects that are exclusively reviews of existing literature.

Funding Information

  • Researchers can apply for funding of up to $15,000. Awardees will have opportunities for mentorship and feedback in the form of workshops to build a grantee community along with individual check-ins.

See here to learn more and apply.

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