The European Fund for Investigative Journalism Grants

Deadline: September 24th 2012
Open to: Professional journalists from EU and EFTA  (Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) countries.
Grant: 20.000 €


Good journalism needs good ideas, competent and committed journalists, supportive editors – and time and money. The latter is something the European Fund for Investigative Journalism can help with. wants to further cross-border reporting, where journalists cooperate across borders. This allows them to pool knowledge and time for research. Due to the different languages and media traditions they are not direct competitors, on the contrary. By addressing each their target group they publish the common story to a much wider target group and can obtain stronger impact.


  • supports journalists from EU and EFTA countries. When relevant for the story team members outside these countries can be accepted.
  • Applicants must be working as professional journalists.
  • Only natural persons are eligible.

What We Support

  • supports investigative journalism research.
  • The story must be relevant for audiences in Europe.
  • The story should bring significant new information to the audiences.
  • The result of the research must be published in media in two or more European countries. These media must reach a broad audience. If relevant the story should furthermore be published in media addressing European decision makers.
  • supports cross-border reporting. This means we support teams of journalists from two or more countries who pool competences for the research and publish to their individual target groups and if relevant towards EU decision makers.
  • supports European affairs reporting. This means we support teams of journalists from two or more countries who research a European Union story for publication to the target groups of the team members and towards EU decision makers.
  • Journalismfund occasionally supports individual journalists covering European affairs if they fulfil the multiple publication requirements.
  • supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. This can include travel, translation, access to pay-databases or simply time to research. We do not support fixed costs such as office costs, investments such as cameras or computers, nor do we support production costs.

Assessment Criteria

Each proposal will be assessed by the jurors on the basis of 10 criteria. For each criterion the juror will give a score of 0 (the proposal absolutely fails to meet the criterion) to 10 (the proposal fulfils the criterion completely). The criteria have a relative weight in relation to each other. The end result is a score out of 1000. An average is taken from the scores that the 4 jurors award the proposal. A proposal that achieves an average of less than 600 out of 1000 will not be eligible for a work grant.
1) Added value compared to mainstream coverage /a forgotten story – 13
2) Relevance in society – 13
3) Originality and innovative ideas, research methods – 8
4) Feasability – 10
5) Experience of the applicants, references – 4
6) Saleability, newsworthiness – 10
7) Work effort requirement – 6
8) Cross-border research, cross-border stories – 12
9) Networking between colleagues in different countries, pooling research – 12
10) Being a watchdog of EU institutions, policies, money – 12

Application process

Applications can only be submitted via the online application form.
The selection among applicants will be made according to the assessment criteria by a jury of experienced colleagues in the field. The members of the jury are anonymous as long as they are active jury members and their names will only be revealed at the moment they leave the jury.

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