Call for Projects 2023

Shaping the future of media and society: multidisciplinary projects on immersive and connected experiences and the open web

At a time when our physical and digital lives seem to be merging more seamlessly than ever before, driven by rapid technological advances combined with our changing behaviors, this call for projects invites researchers and journalists to explore new immersive or virtual experiences and the underlying distributed and open infrastructures that are being designed to support the evolution of the web.

Examples of media or society use cases include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Immersive, user-centric experiences that connect media brands and their audiences based on user needs
  • Technologies and implications of projecting one’s identity as an avatar into an immersive or virtual world
  • Synthetic media, including AI-generated content to enrich immersive experiences and connected worlds
  • New revenue models for the media based on decentralization, blockchain technologies and token-based economics
  • Blockchain-based applications to improve public trust in the media
  • The legal, ethical and social issues related to this theme

Speed dating workshop

A workshop was organized on May 16, 2023 during our annual event in Lausanne to bring together researchers and journalists who wished to exchange ideas and find potential project partners.



March 15, 2023

Launch of the call for projects


May 16, 2023

Speed dating workshop in Lausanne for catalyzing ideas and meeting project partners


May 31, 2023

Deadline for submitting pre-proposals (1 to 3 pages) to present the idea to IMI in relation to the state-of-the-art


June 21, 2023

End of pre-proposal reviews by the IMI Scientific Committee. Short-listed projects will be invited to submit a full project proposal.


October 30, 2023

Deadline for submitting full proposals (up to 12 pages)


January 11, 2024

End of full proposal reviews by the IMI Scientific Committee and approval of awarded grants by the IMI Board


April 15, 2024

Start of projects