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FRONTIERS - Science Journalists Residency Program opens first call

The science journalism initiative funded by the European Research Council (ERC), opens today the first call for science journalists’ residencies. Applications will remain open until the 5th of March 2024, at 17:00 CET

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Center for Ethics in Science and Science Journalism

5 DECEMBER 2023 – FRONTIERS, the science journalism initiative funded by the European Research Council (ERC), opens today the first call for science journalists’ residencies. The residencies will allow science journalists to spend three to five months in a frontier research team at a host institution in an EU Member State or a country associated with the EU’s Horizon Europe Programme. Applications will remain open until the 5th of March 2024, at 17:00 CET. 

The FRONTIERS residency program is available to science journalists of all nationalities, working with various media formats, and at different career stages. Applicants should submit a detailed project proposal, as well as work samples, recommendation letters and commitment letters from them and the host institution. 

Selected journalists will have the opportunity to delve into research institutions, pursue independent reporting ideas of frontier research topics across various scientific disciplines, and participate in training sessions. A monthly allowance of up to €6,000 will support the FRONTIERS fellows during the residencies. 

Four annual calls for residencies are envisaged between 2023 and 2026. Science journalists who have identified a potential host institution are invited to submit their applications at the FRONTIERS website. Research institutions and research centres willing to host science journalists are also invited to express their interest in becoming host institutions. 

FRONTIERS, the ERC-funded science journalism initiative 

In early 2023, the ERC selected the FRONTIERS project for its Science Journalism Initiative. The project aims to address the gap between complex scientific discoveries and public understanding and to tackle some of the challenges of science journalism, including the misinformation and disinformation spread in the digital and fast-paced media environment, the pressure on journalists to meet tight deadlines, and the deteriorating employment conditions and resources available for science journalists, among others. 

The consortium of organisations that will run this initiative includes the Centre for Ethics in Science and Journalism (Italy), the NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal), the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre of the Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), and Enspire Science (Israel), which coordinates the project. 

FRONTIERS is funded by the European Union (ERC) through grant #101121863. Views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the ERC. Neither the European Union nor the ERC can be held responsible for them.

For further details about the application, please visit:
 

FRONTIERS website: https://frontiers.media 

Funding & Tenders Portal: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/competitive-calls-cs/4481?keywords=FRONTIERS&programmePart= 

All the details regarding the application process are included in the FRONTIERS Program Guide (https://frontiers.media/residencies/program-guide/), on the FRONTIERS website. 

FRONTIERS in the media 

The ERC selects partners for its Science Journalism Initiative (ERC press release: https://erc.europa.eu/news-events/news/erc-selects-partner-its-science-journalism-initiative) 

Helping science journalists and scientists learn from each other (Nature Italy: https://www.nature.com/articles/d43978-023-00113-9) 

Main Contact: 

Email: info@frontiersmedia.eu 

Other Contact Points: 

Name: Yoram Bar-Zeev 

Organisation: Enspire Science 

Email: projects@enspire-science.com 


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