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Combatting Disinformation in Communities of Color: Research Grants

Grants to USA Research Institutions, IHEs, and Scholars
to Fight Online Manipulation of BIPOC Communities

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to USA research institutions, IHEs, minority-serving organizations, policy centers, civil society and journalism organizations, and early-career scholars for research projects that fight false online information related to BIPOC populations. Funding is intended to support activities such as investigative reporting, publication development, workshops and symposia, and technology acquisition.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks proposals for research that can inform near-term interventions that mitigate the impacts of disinformation and targeted online manipulation of communities of color. Funding supports research projects that will yield actionable insights to mitigate the effects of targeted disinformation in these communities. 

Types of funded activities can include:

  • Publication development, including special journal issues or volumes
  • Course relief to enable research
  • Research assistance
  • Targeted investigative reporting projects
  • Symposia, workshops or other convenings that advance practical, actionable insights
  • Data or technology acquisition

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197882

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Estimated Size of Grant:

A wide range of proposals of up to $175,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Duration: Up to 18 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This opportunity is open to a range of experts working within research institutions, including universities, policy centers, and journalism and civil society organizations within the United States. Submissions are especially encouraged from minority-serving organizations such as HBCUs, Hispanic- and AAPI-serving colleges and universities, news organizations, and early-career scholars.

Funding may not be used for direct advocacy or lobbying efforts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Knight will host informational webinars on:
- Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. ET
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- Sep. 1 at 3 p.m. ET
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Pre-Application Information:

Please submit proposals no later than Sep. 15, 2021, at 11:59pm.

Select organizations will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal and budget in Oct. 2021. Decisions will be finalized in Dec. 2021, and initial grant payments will begin in early 2022. The review process will be advised by independent experts, and Knight Foundation will make final funding decisions.

There are no restrictions on how often you may submit a funding request.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Knight Foundation
200 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 3300
Miami, Fla. 33131-2349
Phone: (305) 908-2600 (main)

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