Google LLC: Inviting applications for ‘GNI Innovation Challenge’ to support projects that drive digital innovation and develop new business models.

Funding brief: As a part of the Google News Initiative’s $300M commitment to help journalism thrive in the digital age, we’re launching GNI Innovation Challenges to support projects that drive digital innovation and develop new business models.

They’re launching the first in our series of global challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region. The Asia-Pacific Challenge will include two rounds in 2018 and 2019, as part of our overall commitment to the Google News Initiative in the region. The first challenge will focus on increasing reader revenue in any form. Projects will receive up to $300,000 in funding to finance up to 70% of the total project cost. Special discretion on the project cap may be considered by the jury depending on the scale and impact of a very large collaborative effort.

Eligible Projects: Successful projects will be highly innovative with outcomes that support the production of original digital journalism and sustainable business models for the news industry – all within one year of funding. Projects can be experimental but must be measurable with well-defined goals. They encourage you to clearly outline goals and benchmarks for the project in your application, especially regarding the creation of new revenue streams. Key performance metrics should have a significant digital component but there is no requirement to use Google products for tracking results.

Projects will be evaluated against four main criteria:
Impact on the news ecosystem: Preferred projects will demonstrate potential for significant positive impact on the production of original journalism, the creation of new revenue streams and even change the way people consume digital news.
Innovation: Projects should focus on innovative uses of technology, solutions for the development of new business models, or approaches to reader engagement that lead to business transformation for news organizations and readers.
Feasibility: Submissions should have a sound business plan, clearly outline key performance indicators or metrics, and set out key risks and how to mitigate them.
Inspiration: All project should include a willingness to contribute to the improvement of the ecosystem.

Projects that would NOT qualify for Innovation Challenge funding include:
Projects limited to the creation or publication of content that do not introduce an element of new innovation
Projects related to news coverage or translating news content into other languages
Projects that upgrade a legacy publishing system
Projects related to collating or listing data, such as the publication of job listings, stock exchange data or re-published newswire articles
Projects that only support training or education
Projects that aren’t related to monetization
Projects that don’t impact a news organization
Research projects that don’t include an implementation component

Donor Name: Google LLC
Funding name: GNI Innovation Challenge

Deadline: There will be at least two application windows in the next year, with the first window opening on November, 28th, 2018 and closing on January, 9th, 2019.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Google will award up to $300,000 to selected projects. Special discretion on the total project cap may be considered by the jury depending on the scale and impact of a very large collaborative effort. Google will finance up to 70% of the overall costs of the selected projects. The remaining self-funded costs can be operational costs. Eligible expenses include editorial and other personnel costs, engineering costs and the purchase or licensing of any equipment, tools, hardware, software and other assets or materials needed for the project and marketing expenses. Funding may not be spent on general and overhead costs.

Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: Not Found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: The Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge is open to organizations of every size, including freelancers and sole traders, that aim to produce innovative, original journalism that enlightens citizens with trustworthy journalistic content and whose projects focus on encouraging a more sustainable news ecosystem. Established publishers, online-only players, news startups, publisher consortia and local industry associations are all eligible to apply. Applicants must be incorporated or based in a country in the Asia-Pacific region as outlined below.

Eligible Country: Incorporated organizations must be incorporated in one of the eligible countries within (countries listed below) in the Asia-Pacific region. Unincorporated organizations must be registered in the Asia-Pacific region or, if unregistered, have their principal place of business based in the region.

Eligible geographies are (in alphabetical order): Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Easter Island, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
Proposal Form (Form): Click to view
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How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

Only online applications in English will be considered. You will be asked to provide descriptions, detailed project plans and budget information via our online application form.

In order to assess the projects, the Project Team will need information including:
Company/individual information
Location, URL, number of employees, number of journalists
Project description
Project budget and amount of funding requested
Key indicators to measure the impact of the project
Monetization details showing the potential of the project to create economic value add for the business. (Large and Medium applications only)
A slideshow of, ideally, 10 slides or fewer which should address at least the following:
Target Market
Business Model & opportunities

As set out in the Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge Terms & Conditions they require that applicants do not submit any highly confidential or business sensitive information (as those terms are defined in the Application Terms and Conditions).

Google intends to publicise its activities relating to the GNI Innovation Challenges. As outlined in the Application Terms and Conditions, it is a condition of application that Google may publicise aggregated data showing how funds have been awarded in the GNI Innovation Challenges and certain project-specific information.

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