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09 Dec 2022, 17:00 (CET)

For whom

Individuals or teams of freelance and/or staff journalists


€8,500 per grant



Global Health Security Call 2023


Global Health Security Call 2023

applications closed

The 2023 Global Health Security Call is a programme that delivers grant funding and facilitates research opportunities to support in-depth journalistic analysis on the topic of global health security.

As innovation during COVID-19 demonstrated, when there is public awareness, political will, and investment commensurate to the need, science can rapidly meet the moment and save lives. Despite the unprecedented pace of innovation, COVID-19 also showed how the Global Health R&D ecosystem still falls short, leaving huge parts of the world behind.

In-depth media coverage of issues such as pandemic preparedness, health workforce strengthening, effective health workforce strengthening, effective disease surveillance, and equitable access to vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics is essential to keeping the topic of global health security on the public agenda and encouraging European governments to prioritise their funding commitments.

The 2023 Global Health Security Call is a project that will deliver grant funding and facilitate research opportunities to support in-depth journalistic analysis on the topic of global health security.

The Call will provide grants of up to USD$8,500 per project and is aimed at journalists publishing stories in opinion-forming media organisations across France, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Sweden. Applications close on 9 December 2022 at 17:00 CET.

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Frequently asked questions

What type of organisation do I need to publish my story in?

Your story needs to be published in an opinion-forming media organisation, which is a news or broader journalism organisation with a track record of accurate, in-depth, fair and responsible reporting, publishing content online, in newspapers, magazines, broadcast and/or radio, which:

  • serve audiences at a metropolitan, national or international level,
  • engage large audiences and/or decision makers,
  • sustain investigative and/or sector-specific reporting
Which country can my story be published in?

Your story must be published in an opinion-forming media organisation that is based in and/or has significant reach to audiences in one or more of the target donor countries: France, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Sweden.

Can I publish my story in other countries or types of media organisations?

For your project to be awarded funding, your story must be published in a primary eligible outlet (as described in the answers to questions 1 and 2 above). In addition, you can choose to publish your story in other types of media organisations and in other countries, which will be deemed as secondary outlets.

In the Call for Applications document it says that my story should include representation of perspectives on global health security from low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income countries (LMICs). Which countries are these?
In the selection criteria it says that my story should be solutions focused. What do you mean?

Solutions journalism is rigorous and evidence-based reporting that primarily focuses on responses to societal problems.

For the purpose of this programme, we define solutions journalism as a practice that investigates and explains, in a critical and clear-eyed way, how people try to solve widely shared problems.

While journalists usually define news as ‘what’s gone wrong’, solutions journalism tries to expand this notion by emphasising that ‘what works’ is also newsworthy. By adding rigorous, evidence-based coverage of solutions, journalists can tell the whole story.

For inspiration, resources such as the Solutions Journalism Network’s Solutions Story Tracker might be useful.

Stated-funded media

The EJC understands that some media may be financed both indirectly and directly by the state (like many French media). If this is the case, you might be eligible to apply for the grant, but we request you to indicate the amount/percentage and type of state funding received by your organisation.

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