The Project

FRONTIERS is the science journalism initiative funded by the European Research Council to design a residency program for journalists wishing to experience an immersive period in a research institution. 

The FRONTIERS project is set to run from 2023 to 2027. During this time, the FRONTIERS Team plans to enable up to 40 science journalists to spend time with research teams, working on their own reporting ideas at institutions of their choice.

While backing independent science journalism, FRONTIERS hopes to contribute to the public’s trust in science, to tackling misinformation and to improving social resilience against disinformation.


FRONTIERS envisages a world where scientists and journalists work together, each with their own expertise, to bring accurate scientific information to the largest number of people.


The FRONTIERS project has been designed around three core principles:

Ethical Science Reporting

As a branch of journalism that specializes in communicating scientific work and discoveries to society, science journalism can play a major role in mediating scientific results to the public in an informative and valuable way, as well as facilitate the uptake of scientific results by relevant stakeholders such as policy makers and the public.

Journalistic Independence

The FRONTIERS’ bottom-up approach will allow journalists to apply for residencies in any European research institution covering any field of science, including social sciences and humanities. The journalistic independence will be kept during the full duration of residencies, and at no point the project’s team will interfere with the journalists work and product.

Frontier Research

FRONTIERS journalists will focus on ‘Frontier research’ and deal with scientific questions on the edge of available knowledge. Typically considered high-risk / high-reward research, “Frontier research” is often difficult to explain and hard to justify. But ‘Frontier research’ is essential for unraveling the secrets of the universe in all its dimensions. 




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