The EU project MediaFutures continues: third open call launched

Start-ups and artists can apply for a funding for innovative and creative ideas against mis- and disinformation on the internet

The EU project MediaFutures will seek to address this topic by creating a European data innovation hub that will bring together data-savvy entrepreneurs, artists and other stakeholders in the media value chain to deliver a programme that expands on standard models to come up with novel ways for people to engage with quality journalism, science education and democratic processes.

Startups, SMEs, artists and artistic companies as well as groups of individuals can now apply until 30 August 2022 to become part of the European-funded project. Successful applicants will receive funding, mentoring and training. From 2020 to 2023, MediaFutures will support 51 startups and SMEs, and 43 artists across three Open Calls for applications, distributing a total amount of €2.5 million.

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.

Applications are being encouraged from those groups who are not as well-represented in the art and start-up worlds, or face additional barriers to entry, including those from ethnic minorities, women and non-binary individuals, the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities and those in lower-middle income countries. Applicants should be based in or be willing to relocate to Europe, the UK or selected non-EU territories, for the six-month period that the funding covers, subject to travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

MediaFutures has three programme tracks open for applications:

  • Artists for Media: a six month Residency programme for artists with an innovative concept to explore data and technology, and its impact on individuals and society
  • Start-ups for Citizens: a six month Accelerator programme for startups to build a product or service that encourages novel, meaningful ways to engage with media content
  • Start-up meets Artist: a six month mixed Residency and Accelerator support programme for teams of startups and artists to collaboratively develop new ideas around data technology and the arts

To the overview of past projects from the first and second Open Call.

Further information on the Open Call

Über das Projekt Media Futures

Das Projekt MediaFutures wird von einem Konsortium bestehend aus ten Organisationen aus sechs europäischen Ländern durchgeführt: Leibniz Universität Hannover (Koordinator), King's College London, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM), Centre Pompidou, Universität LUISS, Zabala Innovation Consulting, Next Media Accelerator, Eurecat Technology Center of Catalonia, Open Data Institute, DEN Institute und KU Leuven.

Das Projekt wird von der Europäischen Kommission im Rahmen des Horizon 2020 Programms „Big Data Innovation Hubs Programm“ finanziert. MediaFutures ist Teil der öffentlich-privaten Partnerschaft Big Data Value und des S+T+ARTS-Ökosystems.

Ansprechpartnerin für das Projekt MediaFutures ist Alexandra Garatzogianni, Koordinatorin von MediaFutures, Leiterin des Wissens- und Technologietransfers an der TIB und Koordinatorin von EU-Projekten am Forschungszentrum L3S.