Request for Proposals: National / EU Initiatives June – December 2024

Want to help pave the way towards 21st-century access to research, education, and culture? We need you! Submit your proposal for a national or EU initiative to make this ambition a reality, and become part of the Knowledge Rights 21 programme and its growing network.

Copyright reform advocacy builds on dedicated individuals investing their time, energy, and expertise to ensure the interests and rights of learners, researchers, educators, innovators, and readers are well-represented. However, to truly make a mark, generate awareness, recruit champions, and influence discussions, an extra push is often required. That’s where our grants for national initiatives come in. These projects, aligned with the KR21 Programme’s goals, aim to produce impactful outputs and drive policy changes that wouldn’t be achievable without our funding.

Bids are welcome up to €40 000 (inclusive of VAT where appropriate). However, value for money will be considered as part of the review process – bids for less therefore are welcome. Multi-country and supra-national bids may apply for more money.

We expect your written offer by 18:00 CET (Amsterdam Time) on 30 May 2024, but bids will be assessed as they are received. Send in your proposal now to:

Please download the full request for proposals (RFP) here and see some details below.

Key themes for work include: 

  • facilitating access to and lending of eBooks, in particular through stronger legislative guarantees;
  • overcoming the challenges that contract override and technological protection measures pose to the enjoyment of copyright exceptions and limitations;
  • the promotion of more flexible approaches to copyright (open norms), notably in the context of wider research policies;
  • promoting the uptake of rights retention and open licensing policies;
  • promoting legislated secondary (parallel) publishing rights;
  • barriers to the functioning of the European Research Area (cross-border research) and the role of copyright in the development of digital public infrastructures;
  • the contribution of innovation in publicly funded institutions to wider innovation; and,
  • other topics where it is possible to make a compelling case for relevance to the Programme’s work; see the Key Objectives page of the KR21 website for more details.

Within these themes, we welcome activities such as those outlined below, but of course, we encourage you to use your imagination:

  • targeted research and evidence gathering efforts (using different disciplinary approaches) combined with effective advocacy towards decision makers; 
  • communications and mobilisation strategies that trigger action; and,
  • engagement with policy makers and wider government affairs.

Timeline: we would expect activities to be completed by December 2024, but welcome earlier completion.

Stand united for knowledge rights with us and send in your ambitious project ideas!