Announcing the 2018-19 Magic Grant Call for Proposals

The Brown Institute is excited to announce its 2018-19 Magic Grant Call for Proposals!

Since its founding six years ago, the Brown Institute has funded over 40 projects. An open repository for data on the Panamanian government. A hotspot detector for social media feeds, highlighting important stories in a city. A tool to auto-generate rough cuts for documentary videos. A 360-video documentary on the famine in South Sudan. An augmented reality application for enhancing tours though art museums. Experiments with natural and gestural (i.e., not a joystick) interfaces to drones. A platform for helping science journalists better contextualize new research reports. The list goes on.

Magic Grants provide year-long funding awards of up to $150,000 ($300,000 for teams with members of both the Columbia and Stanford communities). In addition to funding, grantees have access to a distinguished advisory and mentoring group, an extensive and inspiring alumni network.

We are looking for hardware, software, and story proposals. We are interested in projects that advance storytelling and journalism through new applications of technology. We also are interested in new tools and technologies that can be applied to the media space.

Deadline: April 9, 2018

More details about how to apply and requirements for our grants can be found at