Pilot projects (PP) and Preparatory Actions (PA) introduce new initiatives that might turn into standing EU funding programmes.
This call aims to identify and analyse the emergence of narratives regarding the war in Ukraine, the increasing spread of false, harmful narratives related to gender identity and gender expression, homophobia and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.
This is a call for proposals for EU action grants in the field of pilot projects and preparatory actions.
The successful proposal will aim to identify and analyse the emergence of narratives regarding the war in Ukraine, the increasing spread of false, harmful narratives related to gender identity and gender expression (gender-based disinformation) often seen in the context of discriminatory or pejorative speech against women, homophobia and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, and examine ways to mitigate the risks posed to societal cohesion, democracy and fundamental human rights.
Finally, the successful proposal will examine misleading narratives and disinformation around elections, with a special focus on the 2024 European elections, in view of their potential impact on public opinion, voter behaviour and democratic processes.
The following types of activities are eligible under this Call for Proposals:
The project is expected to provide research data and information analysis on the creation, development, dissemination, and possible effects of narratives on our democracies and societies. The impact of this pilot project is of paramount importance to better understand the current use and dynamics of narratives at large, but also in relation to specific topics of high European and worldwide interest, such as the war in Ukraine, gendered disinformation and the LGBTQ+ society, and elections. Moreover, the results of the case-studies are expected to provide a solid foundation for long- term use and the prediction/prevention of future harmful false narratives.
In leveraging the insights generated by the project through partnerships with organisations from fact-checking, civil society and media, the project will furthermore provide concrete outcomes and practical use cases, strategies and actions to counter such harmful false narratives. Through an appropriate dissemination strategy, the project is also expected to raise public awareness, tackle the phenomenon of ‘narrative bias’ and help build future resilience.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
Proposals may be submitted by any of the following applicants or combinations of:
Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners, subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc.
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 4 applicants (beneficiaries; affiliated entities and other participants are allowed, if needed. However, affiliated entities do not count for the minimum number of applicants), which complies with the following conditions:
The selection of consortium members should demonstrate a balanced geographical representation across the EU, and a good mix of profiles and experience contributing to the different aspects of this Call.
The available call budget is EUR 1.190.500. The EU co-financing is limited to maximum 70% of the total eligible costs.