Science Writers in Italy joined forces with the Swiss Association of Science Journalists (SASJ) and the French Association des journalistes scientifiques dans la presse d’information (AJSPI), with whom it organised the Lausanne World Conference of Science Journalism WCSJ2019, and with the National Association of Science Writers (NASW, United States), and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) who organised the previous global gathering in San Francisco in 2017, to support the brand new Spark Grant Initiative.
The Spark Grant Initiative (SGI) has been funded with US$100,000, and will provide financial support for work that strengthens science journalism locally while also benefitting the worldwide community.
The ultimate goal is supporting brilliant new ideas that enhance science journalism at every level, applying novel approaches, novel tools, knowledge sharing, and international cooperation.
Projects – by individuals or by groups of journalists – are eligible for grants of up to US$20,000.
The program will run under the auspices of the WFSJ, which will showcase the results of the chosen projects as part of next year’s World Conference of Science Journalists in Medellín, Colombia.
The deadline is Saturday, 30 October 2021, 12 noon Eastern Time (North America).