REMINDER: Magic Grant Deadline 1-Week Away!

This is a reminder that applications for Brown Institute Magic Grants are due in one week — March 17!
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 applications to the media space, broadly.
To date, the Brown Institute has funded 30 projects focusing on big data, applications of new technologies like drones and virtual reality to media, personalized TV and more. We’ve told some amazing stories as well — stories about the digital life in Cuba, the drag renaissance in Bushwick, food adulteration in the markets in Dhaka, and the famine in South Sudan.
Magic Grants can support small teams for up to a year, with an overall budget of $150K for teams that are based at Columbia and $300K if the teams involve members from Columbia and Stanford. On our web site you will find specific details about the Magic Grant program and how to apply.
If you’re still searching for collaborators, post your pitch to our slack. If you still need help crafting your proposal or have specific questions pertaining to the grant/application process, reach out to a member of the Brown Institute Staff! At Columbia, you can register for office hours at or reach out to us at with any questions or concerns! At Stanford, reach out to to ask questions or schedule office hours.
We look forward to seeing your proposals!