End Violence and the Technology Coalition have launched the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund to tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA). From now until 11 April 2021, the Fund are seeking proposals for research that will expand knowledge of online CSEA and explore the most effective measures for preventing it. Winning proposals will be awarded grants from $20,000 to $250,000.
The Fund are interested in innovative research that can impact relevant policy and product development, with a priority given to research that can help inform the technology industry’s approach to combating online CSEA. This collaboration is part of the Technology Coalition’s Project Protect. Project Protect seeks to prevent and eradicate online CSEA through technology innovation, collective action, research, knowledge sharing, and increased accountability. This fund is an essential part of that process, supporting actionable research that will lead to real, lasting change for children’s digital safety.
End Violence will support the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund while building on four years of work in the Safe Online space. Since the Funds inception in 2016, End Violence has invested USD$44 million in 52 projects focused on preventing and eliminating online CSEA, reaching nearly 70 countries across the world.