We are now seeking submissions for ideas to be featured in the Misinformation Solutions Forum. Interventions should be focused on reducing behaviors that lead to the spread of misinformation or encouraging behaviors that can lead to the minimization of its influence. We encourage proposals for interventions with technological, educational, and/or community-based components. Projects involving science communication, public health and diverse populations are of special interest.
Ideas should be submitted by teams of at least two people with skills, expertise, experiences and networks that can help their solution take shape and reach key audiences. We welcome submissions from a wide array of innovators, including academic researchers, communication and technology professionals, journalists, health professionals, community leaders, advertisers and educators. Ideas can include plans for primary research, but the research should be designed in collaboration with someone (e.g., a government official, technology professional, or community leader) in the position to put findings into action. Teams must designate a sponsoring U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization able to receive and manage grants on behalf of the team (note that the sponsoring nonprofit is considered the official entrant). All team members and their sponsoring nonprofit organizations should be comfortable with names and professional affiliations being made public if they are selected for forum participation.
Teams whose ideas are selected will receive travel funds for up to two team members to participate in the forum, which will be an opportunity for up to five teams to further hone and develop their ideas with input from a variety of industry professionals, funders and experts. To catalyze further development and deployment of solutions, as part of the forum two of the participating teams will be selected to receive Misinformation Solution Prizes, with a top prize of $50,000 and an additional prize of $25,000. These prizes will recognize the ideas with the most promise to positively shift the information-sharing landscape. While we welcome ideas bringing in an international perspective, to be eligible teams must have a sponsoring U.S.-based nonprofit organization that may receive grant funds. Teams may not include individuals who are currently or formerly employed by the Rita Allen Foundation, RTI International, the Aspen Institute, Democracy Fund or Craig Newmark Philanthropies; are officers or members of their boards; or who have a family member with one of these affiliations.
Submissions are due May 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. PDT, and will be judged through a blind review process by a diverse committee of expert judges with representatives from the Rita Allen Foundation, as well as external institutions such as the Democracy Fund, the National Institutes of Health, the Poynter Institute, First Draft and academic institutions. Ideas selected for participation in the forum will be announced in August, and winners of the top prizes will be announced following the forum.
Please contact MisinformationSolutions@ritaallen.org with any questions.
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