The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University is delighted to announce a new grant opportunity in partnership with Rita Allen Foundation. The project aims to accelerate civic science journalism cross-field collaborations in the United States by providing small grants and coaching.
The grant opportunity is based on a global research project conducted in 2020 and 2021 by the Center that studied how and why journalists and civil society organizations around the world collaborate to achieve and increase impact.
The research team at the Center, led by Dr. Sarah Stonbely, found that journalists have become more willing to partner with civil society organizations in order to achieve tangible impact on issues such as corruption, governance, climate and environment, and human rights
Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Stonbely and the research team analyzed 155 cross-field collaborations, involving 1,010 organizations, based or working in 125 countries around the globe. For civil-society actors, partnering with journalism organizations brings added benefits such as the ability to circulate their findings more widely and in a greater variety of formats; i.e. important findings are now translated into narratives and visual projects in addition to the traditional white paper.
Building on this research with a goal to advance civic science journalism cross-field collaborations in the United States, the Center is partnering with the Rita Allen Foundation — which invests in discoveries in their earliest stages in biomedical research, civic science, and philanthropic practice. Through its work in civic science, Rita Allen seeds networks to accelerate learning, inclusion, and impact to ensure that science, evidence, and public engagement help to inform solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
A total of 10 grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded.
This opportunity is meant to fund short-term pilots, not long, multi-year partnerships.