Call for Proposals

Submit your proposals for projects on biomedical research in
Latin America and/or metabolic disorders

Deadline is January 24, 2022

Latin American colleagues!

We’re issuing a new call for proposals for Historias Sin Fronteras — this time for a cross-border project on biomedical research and/or metabolic disorders.

This is a great opportunity to work with a team of colleagues in different countries in Latin America to produce an in-depth project on a regional issue of critical importance.

The winning team will receive a grant of US $3,000 to provide financial support for their project.

We are committed to placing your excellent work in prestigious publications in Latin America.

In June, we published our Historias Sin Fronteras project on GMOs in the Andes and the project was published in El Universal, the largest newspaper in Mexico; El Comercio in Peru, one of the oldest Spanish-language newspapers in the world; as well as in El Comercio in Ecuador.

Also in June, National Geographic Brazil published our Historias Sin Fronteras project on President Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to build an international highway through the most biodiverse region of the Amazon.

Join us and let’s work as a cross-border team on a Historias Sin Fronteras project!

To give you some background on our organization, Historias Sin Fronteras is an initiative launched in 2020 by InquireFirst in partnership with co-founder Iván Carrillo.

InquireFirst is a non-profit 501c3 journalism organization founded in 2016 in San Diego, California. InquireFirst organizes Spanish-language professional workshops for Latin American journalists and offers various scholarship programs for journalists throughout the region.

With the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Department of Science Education, Historias Sin Fronteras encourages collaborative cross-border journalism on critically important science, health, and environmental issues in Latin America.

Through this initiative, we support teams of journalists working in Latin American countries on regional, in-depth science journalism projects.

We invite you to form a team and propose a cross-border project on biomedical research and/or metabolic disorder.

The winning cross-border project will report on innovative research being carried out in Latin America to prevent and treat diseases that can lead to death and/or the treatment of metabolic disorders that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Among the areas that could be the focus of your regional project are:

• Public health research, including epidemiology

• Preventive medicine

• Cancer research

• Endocrinology, including diabetes research

• Cellular biology

• Pharmacology

• Neuroscience

• Genetics

Each team must be made up of a minimum of two and a maximum of four journalists from different countries in the Americas. Teams that do not reflect a diversity of countries will be disqualified.

The deadline is January 24, 2022.

Your proposal should reflect in sufficient detail the outline and angle of your project. A completed questionnaire is required. The questionnaire can be found below this text.

The project will be edited by Historias Sin Fronteras co-founder Iván Carrillo, who is an experienced science journalist and editor based in Mexico. There will be a calendar for editing, as well as a non-negotiable deadline. The winning team agrees to comply with the editing and publication schedule for the project. As many corrections and modifications will be made as necessary during the editing process.

The project will be presented to editor Iván Carrillo in Spanish and translated into English and Portuguese.

 Eligibility: The Cross-Border Scientific Journalism Project is open to any journalist who works for or frequently collaborates with a newspaper, magazine, radio, television, or online media organization in Latin America. Journalists working at media organizations and freelance journalists are eligible to apply. Those who work in public relations positions or who are institutional spokespersons are not eligible to apply for a Cross-Border Science Journalism grant.

To ensure credibility and fairness, an international panel of three judges will select the winning team in each category. The decision of the judges will be final.

Credit: The winning team agrees to credit the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and InquireFirst, as well as editor Iván Carrillo, and the graphic design and interpretation teams, in all publications and communications where the winning work is mentioned.

Distribution: Cross-border science journalism projects will be published by media organizations in Latin America and the United States. Editor Iván Carrillo and Project Coordinator Lynne Walker will work with a variety of media organizations to ensure projects have the widest possible distribution.

HHMI may also post projects for educational purposes on the Institute’s Biointeractive website.

Applications must include the following:

• A completed questionnaire that describes the project. You can find a link to the questionnaire below this text.

• A budget that does not exceed US $3,000 per project and includes a basic breakdown of ground transportation and meal costs. The budget may also include compensation for journalists working on the project.

• A biography of each journalist on the team, with a maximum length of 300 words per biography.

Deadline: The deadline for proposals for the biodiversity and/or conservation project is January 24, 2022. The winning project will be announced in early February.

Questions? Email Lynne Walker