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RTÉ and Science Foundation Ireland are now seeking proposals for a large scale, themed/event piece consisting of three hours of output that has strong, popular science-based themes at heart. Proposals can be for 6 x 30 minute projects or 3 x 1 hour projects and can be live, pre-recorded or a hybrid of both. Consideration will also be given to individual one-hour projects. The successful proposal[s] should be available to broadcast during Science Week, 2019, which runs from November 10th to November 16th.

Submissions are invited for content that deals with the adaptation and mitigation actions required to respond to Climate Change. The content should have strong, popular appeal and be relevant to Irish pre-watershed audiences. Proposals should be underpinned by how this content can help Irish society understand, own and be part of the movement to adapt and mitigate climate change. The content should help provide greater clarity around the challenges and the opportunities that innovation presents in addressing decarbonisation.

The content should engage audiences by using creative, novel approaches and embedding the science, technology or engineering into real stories. All proposals should clearly demonstrate how editorial lines have been developed though collaboration between STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) researchers and content producers.

Proposals can be authored or presenter led and should, in all instances, reflect the contribution of science, technology, engineering and maths in contemporary Irish society. To this end this call will include a briefing session to be announced through RTÉ and Science Foundation Ireland shortly. This session will provide more insight to the RTÉ SFI joint initiative and this particular call.

All proposals should be far-reaching in their ambition, using fresh approaches to engage a non-science seeking audience in science conversations. Proposals must be scientifically sound and will require the input of a science professional[s] either in an advisory role or a direct collaboration role from the outset of the programme development. Proposals should clearly indicate the name[s] of the scientific, technological or engineering expert/ collaborators on the projects, the role they will play in the project and confirmations of their involvement. Proposals are encouraged to demonstrate the scope of the programme to broaden its reach and educational impact through supporting digital accompaniments such as websites, apps, social media for example.

Budgets for all proposals will be to a maximum of €120,000 per hour. Please note that budget ranges are indicative only and proposals that can achieve lower costs per hour will be particularly attractive.

Please submit your ideas into the eCommissioning system under the programme category Factual Specialist "SFI 2019".

Closing date for submissions is Monday 20th May at 12.00 noon (Strict Deadline)

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