Donor: European Commission (EC) - HORIZON
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: ERC-2023-SJI-1
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 15.12.2022

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: 1.500.000€
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Media & Journalism
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa


  2. Asia

      Israel, Turkey

  3. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine


1) Objective

The ERC wishes to support an organisation or a consortium of organisations to set up a funding scheme that would facilitate 3-5-month stays of journalists at research institutions. The purpose is to give the journalists opportunities to learn and work on in-depth reporting projects by immersing themselves in the research environment and interacting with scientists and scholars. Such opportunities – organised for example in collaboration with ERC host institutions and in ERC grantees’ teams and labs – should facilitate better understanding of frontier research, while respecting journalistic independence.The holder of this coordination and support action grant would be expected to, among others:

  • design the support programme that addresses the aforementioned goals, advances the set objective and respects the principle of editorial independence of journalists,
  • set up a high-level media advisory committee to ensure the credibility and independence of the programme vis-a-vis journalists’ community,
  • prepare conditions to carry out the actions, especially establish relations with ERC grantees and host institutions’ press offices to make sure the fellowships and placements are well organised and useful both to the journalists and to researchers,
  • launch calls for applications or proposals for fellowships or placements potentially using the Financial support to third parties (FSTP),
  • evaluate the proposals based on the criteria of excellence and impact, ensuring balance in terms of topics covered by the participating journalists, geographical distribution of host institutions, and gender of the participants,
  • provide funding to journalists or researchers,
  • organise meetings, networking opportunities for the participating journalists and researchers,
    monitor the implementation of the programme, and report to the ERC on the performance of the programme.

2) Eligibility

This action is open to legal entities established in a Member State or an Associated Country as a legal entity created under national law, international European research organisations (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), or an entity created under EU law. Please also refer to Annex 3 of the ERC Work Programme 2023– Countries Associated to Horizon Europe and Restrictions Applying to Some Legal Entities.

3) Location

Actions must take place in EU member states or Horizon Associated Country.

4) Budget

The total budget is 1,500,000€.

5) Application

The submission deadline is 15 December 2022. All applications must be submitted online.

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