Google becomes the first donor to new European Media and Information Fund

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the European University Institute recently announced the launch of the European Media and Information Fund which will provide grants, on a competitive basis, to researchers, fact-checkers, not-for-profits and other public interest-oriented organisations working on disinformation research and strengthening media literacy and fact-checking. On April 1, the fund announced its first donor which is Google who have contributed 25 Million Euro to the fund.

The Fund will support collaborative efforts to debunk disinformation, amplify independent fact-checking and enable targeted research and innovation tools designed to strengthen resilience, and the ecosystems response to disinformation.

Projects supported by the Fund will focus on four areas:

  • Media Literacy
  • Online Disinformation
  • Fact-checking
  • Academic research into media, disinformation and information literacy

The European Digital Media Observatory will act as advisor in the formulation of calls, as well as in the evaluation and selection of projects. The multi-donor Fund will have an initial duration of five years, which may be extended. You can read more here.