Acib - Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology

A very reliable, experienced and innovative partner in dozens of EU-projects from Austria can support you in this ERC Science-Journalism initiative.

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Last update: Sep 21, 2022 Last update: Sep 21, 2022


Deadline: Dec 15, 2022
Project locations: EU 27 EU 27
Sectors: Media and Communications Media and Communications
Partner types: Academic Institution, Consulting Organization, NGO, Other Academic Institution, Consulting Organization, NGO, Other
Partner locations: Worldwide Worldwide


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We are Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnolog. With our in-depth science-expertise, industry-driven research, our large network of partners and especially our team of Comm&Diss consisting of a science journalist, graphics designer, project/event manager and science communication expert can support you in this ERC Science-Journalism initiative. acib has approx. 200 employees, 25+ years of experience and is a very reliable and innovative partner in dozens of EU-projects. 

We are interested in the following call:

ERC Science Journalism Initiative


Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
Work programme part: HORIZON-ERC-2023
Call: ERC Science Journalism Initiative (ERC-2023-SJI)

Topic description
ExpectedOutcome: The ERC wishes to support an organisation or a consortium of organisations to set up a funding scheme that would facilitate 3-5-month stays of journalists at research institutions. The purpose is to give the journalists opportunities to learn and work on in-depth reporting projects by immersing themselves in the research environment and interacting with scientists and scholars. Such opportunities – organised for example in collaboration with ERC host institutions and in ERC grantees teams and labs – should facilitate better understanding of frontier research, while respecting journalistic independence.

The holder of this coordination and support action grant would be expected to, among others:

  1. design the support programme that addresses the aforementioned problems, advances the set objective and respects the principle of editorial independence of journalists,
  2. set up a high-level media advisory committee to ensure the credibility and independence of the programme vis-a-vis journalists’ community,
  3. prepare conditions to carry out the actions, especially establish relations with ERC grantees and host institutions’ press offices to make sure the fellowships and placements are well organised and useful both to the journalists and to researchers,
  4. launch calls for applications or proposals for fellowships or placements through the Financial support to third parties (FSTP),
  5. evaluate the proposals based on the criteria of excellence and impact, ensuring balance in terms of topics covered by the participating journalists, geographical distribution of host institutions, and gender of the participants, provide funding to enable journalists’ stays at host institutions,
  6. organise meetings, networking opportunities for the participating journalists and researchers,
  7. monitor the implementation of the programme, and report to the ERC on the performance of the programme.

This ERC call allows for financial support to third parties (FSTP). The applicants must clearly describe the objectives of the action and the expected results, as well as meet the specific conditions on the use of FSTP as set out in the Model Grant Agreement, among others conditions for submission, evaluation and selection of proposals of third parties.

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