The DNI Innovation Fund

The Digital News Initiative (DNI) Innovation Fund has been created to support innovation in digital news journalism. The 4th round is open now until October 12. Important: There’s now a mandatory monetisation theme for all Medium and Large projects.

The Fund Timeline
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Round 4 to open in September

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Funded Round 3 projects announced

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Round 4 application window opens

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Round 4 application window closes (12 October 2017 at 23:59 CEST)

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Round 4 Council meeting

DNI Innovation Fund Annual Report 2016-2017 is available

DNI Innovation Fund has awarded more than €70m to more than 350 Projects in 29 European countries

Funding Tracks

Funding for Prototype Projects

OPEN TO: organisations, individuals, and organisations comprised of one individual.

These applications require up to €50k of funding. The projects should be very early stage. We will fast-track such projects, and will fund up to 100% of the total cost. 

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Funding for Medium Projects

OPEN TO: organisations, preferably with at least one journalist on the team.

These applications require up to €300k of funding. We will accept funding requests up to 70% of the total cost of the project.

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Funding for Large Projects

OPEN TO: organisations, with at least one journalist on the team. 

These applications require more than €300k of funding. We will accept funding requests up to 70% of the total cost of the project. Funding is capped at €1m.

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Applying to the DNI Fund

  • When and where can I apply?

    There will be at least two application rounds per year. The next round of funding will open from September 13 until October 12 (23:59 CEST). You will be able to hand in your application here.

  • How can I apply?

    Only online applications in English will be considered. Please find more information in the Frequently Asked Questions and learn more about applying for funding.

  • How best can I prepare?

    The application window lasts for four weeks. Take advantage of this time to document well your application, read the Frequently Asked Questions and the DNI Innovation Fund Report.

  • How the selection process works?

    Initial selection of projects is done by the Fund Project Team. The team review all applications for eligibility, innovation, feasibility and impact. Applicants may be invited to take part in video interview. The assessment phase is concluded with the Project Team approving Prototype and Medium track funding applications, and making recommendations about the Large projects to the Fund Council

  • Where can I research more about the successful projects?

    You can find a list of all funded projects here and the DNI Innovation Fund Annual Report has further information about the projects which were awarded. You can read the report here.

Learn more about applying for Funding

Innovation Fund

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