Apply for a European cross-border grant - supports investigative journalism research

On 1 February 2017 has a new deadline for its European cross-border grant programme.'s European cross-border grant programme allocates grants to transnational teams of European journalists who work together on a cross-border investigation. Applications can be submitted on our website until 11.59 pm Brussels time on Wednesday 1 February 2017.

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 from each their countries for the research and who publish to each their individual target group 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 each their target group and towards EU decision makers. 
  • Journalismfund on very rare occasions supports individual journalists covering European affairs if they fulfil the multiple publication requirements and if they hav a good argument for working without colleagues from other countries. 
  • 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.  

Who can apply

  • supports journalists living in a Council of Europe country (geographical Europe). When relevant for the story, team members from elsewhere can be accepted, too. 
  • Applicants must be working as professional journalists. 
  • Only natural persons are eligible.
  • Students are not eligible.
  • Journalists who were previously allocated a working grant can reapply, but the jury will include the result of previous working grants in their evaluation of the new application.

Calls for proposals and applications

  • Calls for proposals will be announced to all subscribers of our newsletter as well as via our website, social media and mailing list.
  • All proposals have to be submitted following the instructions on our website. Reception will be confirmed by e-mail. 
  • Additional documentation and information may be requested by
  • References from individuals (editors, publishers, journalists, professors) and/or references to earlier work are essential. reserves the right to contact references (while respecting the confidentiality of the proposal, see below).
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate the feasibility of the project via a credible research plan.
  • A basic commitment to take on the product on the part of media in at least two European countries is a prerequisite for the allocation of the working grant. You can use our sample letter. 
  • Applications can be turned down on grounds of budget.

Practicalities concerning application and grant

  • The applicant(s) must be prepared to give an explanation of their product in person, if required by or the Jury.
  • Both and the Jury are bound to strict confidentiality—before, during and after evaluation of the proposals.
  • If the jury decides in favour of a project, the grantee signs a contract with vzw.
  • The grantee(s) agree(s) to mention when the journalistic product(s) supported by the grant is (are) published.
  • Recipients of a work grant undertake to report regularly to on the progress of the project.
  • reserves the right to publish in part, in whole or as a reference the final product on its website or in its publications. 
  • Grantees agree to present reports of their research and share their experience with colleagues.
  • Journalists working on a project with a working grant can only apply for funding again once their first project ishas been finalised and published. 
  • If journalists who were previously allocated a working grant reapply, the jury will include the published research in their evaluation of the new application. 
  • Grants cannot be given in retrospect.