Public service organization Illinois Public Media has established a research and development fund to invest in national and international copros accompanying the launch of its international production center.
Announced at the Sunny Side of the Doc market in La Rochelle, France, the National/International Production Center will aim to build proposals based on research conducted by the University of Illinois while aiding international documentarians in acquiring funding and distribution for their projects in the U.S.
John Lindsay, director of Illinois Public Media’s National/International Production Center, stressed the center will work closely with international prodcos alongside projects developed at the University of Illinois.
The research and development fund, meanwhile, will assist doc projects at the infancy stages of development and will accept proposals from around the world.
Illinois Public Media – affiliated with PBS, NPR, and the College of Media at the University of Illinois – hopes to award as many as 30 research and development grants over the next 30 months varying between US$5,000 and US$30,000. At Sunny Side, Lindsay noted that the fund reserve will be set at US$750,000 and will primarily focus on science-themed projects working alongside the university’s Blue Waters super computer, capable of turning data into CGI imagery.
“We see ourselves as a global production center and we’re interested in working with the best and brightest media professionals in the world on all topics, but primarily projects associated with science, engineering, super computing and agriculture,” said Lindsay in a statement.
Applications for the research and development grant will be open to the public on August 15. Evaluation of proposals will take approximately 30 days.