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 Funding Opportunity: Curbing Misinformation
Posted by: Manisha Gupta
Title/Position: Consultant
School/Organization: Rita Allen Foundation
Sent to listserv of: SESP
Date posted: April 11th, 2018

A Call for Ideas to Curb the Spread of Misinformation

What makes misinformation such an urgent problem today is its ability to spread rapidly and pervasively, via social media, online publishing, and the 24-hour news cycle. Misinformation goes viral fast—false stories spread significantly farther, faster, and deeper than true stories in social media, according to new research. Much attention has been paid to the volume and sources of misinformation, but less well explored are the human behaviors, motivations, and decisions that drive the sharing of misinformation.

Today, the Rita Allen Foundation and RTI International are launching a call for ideas to curb the spread of misinformation. The call seeks interventions focused on reducing behaviors that lead to the spread of misinformation or encouraging behaviors that can lead to the minimization of its influence. Proposals for interventions with technological, educational and/or community-based components are encouraged, and projects involving science communication, public health and diverse populations are of special interest.

Up to five ideas will be selected to be featured in the Misinformation Solutions Forum, October 4, 2018, at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. 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.

The forum and prizes are presented by the Rita Allen Foundation in partnership with RTI International and the Aspen Institute, with additional support provided by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and Democracy Fund. 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.
To read more and submit an idea, please visit:

“Given the crucial role that facts and evidence play in a healthy democracy, misinformation poses a major threat. We greatly anticipate gathering ideas and people from many disciplines to explore solutions targeting the behaviors that spread misinformation. Most exciting is the promise of creating new pathways, in this rapidly changing ecosystem of media and culture, for the kind of robust, accurate discourse that can shape a promising future.”

—Elizabeth Good Christopherson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Rita Allen Foundation

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