Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme 2017

Deadline September 6, 2017

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre. The grant programme aims to advance innovative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues. According to the UN, more than 790 million people worldwide still lack regular access to adequate food and nutrition. Ending hunger and malnutrition relies heavily on sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices.

For this round IDR is  looking for original reporting on issues related to:

  • food production and food security
  • health and nutrition
  • food trade and markets


The average grant given is around €20,000 and the programme is open to both freelancers and newsrooms.


  • Both freelance journalists and employed newsroom staff may apply.
  • There is no citizenship, nationality or residence/location restriction on the applicants as long as the final results are published in media outlets with significant reach to audiences in one or more of the following European countries: France,Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom


Selection Criteria

The  applications are judged based on three criteria

  1. Editorial focus and quality
  2. Impact and reach
  3. Innovation


IDR uses a two-stage application process

  • At the first stage, all freelance and newsroom applicants are welcome to submit an application
  • At the second stage, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application package. This will contain: a more detailed application, a detailed budget, “Letters of commitment” from eligible media partners

For more information, visit webpage here


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