Second Open Call for EU project MediaFutures launched

Start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and artists can now apply for funding

The EU project MediaFutures aims to bring together start-ups, artists and other actors from the media sector by creating a European Data Innovation Centre. The aim is to create new ways of engaging with quality journalism, science, education and democratic processes.

The Data Innovation Hub will connect enterprises and artists to share experiences and share resources and expertise. It offers the opportunity to innovate in new – previously unimagined – ways to make a difference on major societal challenges that require active engagement with the public.

Funding, consulting and coaching for start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and artists

The second round of applications for the so-called Accelerator and Residency Programme has now started and will run until 27 January 2022. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and artists can now apply to become part of the European-funded project. From 2020 to 2023, MediaFutures will support 51 start-ups and SMEs and 43 artists with a total of 2.5 million Euros. Successful applicants will receive financial support, advice and training.

Wanted: Ideas to fight misinformation and disinformation on the internet

MediaFutures is looking for ideas relating to quality journalism, transparency, democracy and science communications, all of which should look to counteract the negative impact of misinformation and disinformation within society. Artists can work from available datasets or work with their own, as well as reacting to current affairs, media stories or issues around media freedom and accuracy. For example, the funding could be used to develop software or hardware to address specific problems, or to create artworks that highlight different aspects of this issue. MediaFutures is particularly interested in applications that offer new approaches to engaging minorities or particularly affected countries.

According to Alexandra Garatzogianni, Coordinator of MediaFutures and Head of Technology Transfer at the TIB – Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology: “In MediaFutures, we advance and train entrepreneurs and artists to critically explore data and develop novel products, services and artworks, related to the role of media in our society with a focus on misinformation and disinformation. Our multidisciplinary training program includes equity-free funding and fosters creativity, critical thinking and collaboration between science, technology and the arts. To drive change and economic growth, it is crucial to support entrepreneurship. This ultimately leads to job creation, as innovative and improved products spur the creation of new markets. In this context, diversity and multidisciplinarity are key enablers for innovation and crosspolination among sciences.”

The MediaFutures project is coordinated by the “Leibniz Joint Lab Data Science & Open Knowledge” – a consortium of TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) and the L3S Research Center.

Interested? Apply by 27 January 2022.

More information on the Open Call