News - October 2013 grants approved for seven projects
With 53 applications from a total of 107 journalists, the October 2013 call for applications was the largest so far in the history of Journalismfund.eu. Seven teams have been awarded a working grant before the Christmas holidays. The number of qualified applications had followed track and it proved a particularly laborious task for the jury to assess all applications and allocate the grants. Even so, all applicants had been notified and all instalments transferred before the end of the year.
The seven grant-receiving teams are formed by a total of 21 journalists, meaning that the average team size is three journalists per team. The total amount of money that was granted is € 49,954, each research grant thus averaging €7,136. Neither research topics nor names of the awarded teams will be made before they finalise their work, in order not to disturb the ongoing research process.
The 21 journalists are from ten different EU countries, as well as from Russia (1) and the Ukraine (1). France, Germany, Spain and Italy are the best represented European countries, each having three journalists in one of the seven grant-receiving teams. The Netherlands has two; Romania, the UK, Sweden, Finland and Austria each have one grantee.
Remarkable in this round: of the journalists in the seven grant-receiving teams, 18 are male and three are female. The jury only applies journalistic criteria for the selection; some previous rounds had a majority of female grantees. The average gender division among grantees has been 56 percent men and 44 percent women.
The jury of Journalismfund.eu works according to a peer review model. Jury members are not know to neither applicants nor donors of Journalismfund.eu as long as they are active in order to maintain an arm's length model and safeguard editorial independence. Previous jury members are made public and include former investigative editor David Leigh of The Guardian, datajournalism pioneer Nils Mulvad and one of Germany’s leading investigative journalists, Hans-Martin Tillack from Stern magazine.
The deadline for the next application round is scheduled for 10 March 2014.