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Research for a Transparent and Resilient Information Ecosystem 2023

Organisation: European Media and Information Fund

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Mis- and Disinformation

Funding Size: Up to €400,000

Deadline: 28/04/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    – To be eligible, any proposal must be submitted by a group of legal entities (partnerships or consortia) abiding by recognised ethical and professional standards such as the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity or the specific standards applicable to their field of activities.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Europe
  • Application language: English

The European Media and Information Fund has announced a Call for Proposals on Research for a Transparent and Resilient Information Ecosystem aimed to support wide and deep scientific studies on the disinformation phenomenon, encompassing its causes, societal impacts, and possible responses and solutions.

The European University Institute and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation have established the European Media and Information Fund (hereafter EMIF) with a view to addressing the phenomenon of online disinformation in Europe and promoting a more resilient and fact-based digital information ecosystem.

The present Call for Proposals establishes specific provisions regulating the process of applying for funding of in-depth and data-driven research with a view to enhancing the public understanding of the disinformation phenomenon in all its facets, exploring and exposing new systemic risks of online information ecosystems in Europe, evaluating policy responses and identifying innovative paths for effective countermeasures.

In terms of research topics, applicants are invited to present proposals addressing one or more of the research areas listed in EDMO’s Scientific Focus, taking into account the specificities of the information environment in the targeted geography and with a view to:

  • filling existing gaps in relevant literature by combining perspectives from
    different disciplines, or
  • deploying new methodologies to answer fundamental human and societal
    questions surrounding disinformation, or
  • laying out standards/frameworks/approaches to better understand social harms
    resulting from different forms of media manipulation, or
  • exploring possible remedies to these harms, and potential institutional,
    regulatory and/or technological solutions to counter disinformation.

Proposals should ensure that the research focus is on Europe, or on one or more European countries, and should strive to advance original and high-quality research on disinformation by grounding new insights on rigorous scientific theories, hypotheses and methods.

The development of hybrid approaches that combine methods from the empirical sciences with those from the humanities is strongly encouraged.

See here to learn more and apply.

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