End Violence and the Technology Coalition have launched the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund to tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA).
They are seeking proposals for research that will expand knowledge of online CSEA and explore the most effective measures for preventing it.
The objective is to advance the understanding of experiences and patterns of online CSEA for child and adolescent victims as well as offenders and would-be offenders and learn from effective efforts (behavioral, technological, and educational) to prevent, deter and eradicate it.
Research should increase their understanding and provide the application of:
a) Efficacy and impact of online CSEA deterrence and prevention interventions, including an understanding of offender pathways and children’s digital experiences.
b) Evolving technology may present new or exacerbate existing threats by contributing to changes in offenders or children’s behaviour or creating new challenges and risks.
c) Well-being, collaboration and support for survivors: improving well-being and resilience for staff such as content moderators and others, as well as enhancing collaboration among all sectors working to end online CSEA.
d) Policy and legal considerations are critical to shaping online CSEA deterrence and response.
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The priority of this Call is on actionable research for enhancing the capacity of the technology industry to prevent, deter and eradicate online CSEA; however, consideration will be given to enhancing the capacity of all stakeholders, such as hotlines, educational organisations and first-responders and other similarly-focused organisations, to address online CSEA and make children safe online.
The proposed research should not duplicate existing research.
Documentaries, journalism, and oral history projects are not eligible for this solicitation.
They are seeking submissions of proposals from legally registered non-profit organizations, such as research institutes and academic institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations.
Consortia are also encouraged to apply; however, the organization submitting the application will be considered the main grantee, bearing all the contractual responsibilities vis-à-vis End Violence.
This Open Call is global. They encourage proposals from researchers, or collaboration with researchers, that are based in or with situational awareness of the country / countries being researched.
End Violence and the Technology Coalition encourage applicants from diverse contexts, countries, and cultures, as well as applications with representation from or inclusion of Global South countries.
Winning proposals will be awarded grants from USD$20,000 to USD$250,000.
The last day for submissions of Proposals is 11 April 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
For more information, please visit https://www.end-violence.org/tech-coalition-safe-online-research-fund