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Media sector calls - Collaboration and innovation

The Commission aims to support the transformation and competitiveness of the news media sector.

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Grants include support to foster cross-border collaboration across news media, through grants under Creative Europe. These grants aim to stimulate the testing of viable business models, developing business and editorial standards and training and mobility of professionals. Support to innovative applications for media is offered through Horizon Europe. 




Journalism partnerships 

The first yearly call for proposals for Journalism Partnerships was published on 14 June 2021. Grants will start early 2022 and support sector-wide, cross-border collaboration among news media organisations across Europe. Interested consortia can focus on business transformation and/or journalistic projects.

Budget: €7,600,000

The 2022 call for Journalism Partnerships is foreseen early 2022.

"Innovation for media"

Innovation for Media, including eXtended Reality (IA) 

A call for proposals was published under Horizon Europe on 22 June 2021. Grants will support projects focusing on innovation for Media, including eXtended Reality.

Budget: €26,000,000


Exchange of media rising stars to speed up innovation and to increase cross-border coverage

This project Stars4Media facilitates the mobility of young media professionals and cross-border cooperation between these professionals and media outlets. The project started on 1 January 2021 and is run by a consortium led by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). 

EU support: €2,100,000

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