Description

The End Violence Fund is currently accepting Expressions of Interest focused on solutions that leverage existing and new technologies to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse (online CSEA). Total funds to be awarded through this open call is approximately US$13 million.

The Fund will explore scaling/adapting existing solutions and developing new technologies, using tools such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, blockchain, virtual reality and other innovative solutions that have the potential to enhance detection and response to online child sexual exploitation and abuse and prevent known and emerging threats.

Funding is not necessarily limited to the above. They are interested in solutions that apply technology in innovative, groundbreaking ways that are scalable and globally applicable, enhancing the capacity of all stakeholders to address online CSEA and make children safe online.

Objectives

The Fund is looking for solutions that can help achieve one or more of the four specific objectives below:

  • Detect, remove and report images, videos with sexual content involving children and adolescents (often referred to as child sexual abuse material, or CSAM)
  • Block adults’ access to children on digital platforms intended to sexually abuse them (usually referred to as online sexual grooming or solicitation)
  • Stop live-streaming of child sexual abuse performed in front of a camera (usually referred to as live-streaming of CSEA)
  • Prevent online sexual abuse of children before it happens, including prevention and solutions that directly target online child sexual offenders and adults with a sexual interest in children
Eligibility

The End Violence Fund invites nonprofit organizations (CSOs, NGOs, international organizations, research institutes and academic institutions) and private companies to respond to this Expression of Interest (EoI).

End Violence Fund is looking to provide project grants to nonprofits and investment-style, equity-free seed funding to private companies. Only entities that fulfill these mandatory requirements will be considered eligible:

  • legally registered entity, either as nonprofit or private company
  • the tech solution addresses one or more of the four objectives of the 2019 Open Call
  • organization has a safeguarding policy in place (including data privacy) or is willing to develop a policy *
  • the proposed solution responds to a clear need/gap, does not duplicate existing tools, and builds upon and/or interacts with existing solutions
  • at minimum, an existing prototype of the open source solution with promising results from initial pilots

* The Partnership is committed to supporting organizations to improve their safeguarding capacity and practice. As part of this, the fund asks all grantees to complete the Grantee Self-assessment, which can be found on the materials sidebar. While this is not required as part of expression of interest, please note all shortlisted organizations and companies will be expected to complete this as part of the proposal.

How to Apply

For online application and more information, please visit End Violence Fund.