Brown Institute for Media Innovation makes appointments, announces grant program

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker STEVEN SPIELBERG and Hearst Corp. CEO FRANK BENNACK JR. are among the members of the recently named advisory board at the new Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

The board also includes BILL CAMPBELL, chairman of the board at Intuit Inc.; EVE BURTON, senior vice president and general counsel at Hearst Corp.; and MARY MEEKER, a partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers.

The institute, a collaboration between the Stanford School of Engineering and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, was announced in January. It’s designed to encourage and support new endeavors in media innovation.

The institute also is announcing a call for applications for the 2012-2013 Magic Grant program, which offers up to $150,000 to winning proposals.

The Magic Grant supports a small team of graduate or postgraduate students in creating an innovative media product. The institute says it expects to select two to three teams at each university.

Here is how the institute explains eligibility for the grants:

“Two-person teams of graduate or postgraduate students, enrolled at Columbia University or Stanford University in disciplines relevant to media and technology—which include computer science, electrical engineering, communications, journalism, design and business—are encouraged to apply. Teams may also include exceptionally qualified undergraduate students or a visiting student, as long as the other team member is not a visitor. We particularly encourage applications from students with entrepreneurial interests, multidisciplinary teams, as well as Stanford/Columbia bicoastal teams. Magic Grants can complement fellowships or similar unrestricted funding from other sources, and students who already have partial funding for the proposed project are also encouraged to apply. Applications may be submitted directly by students, with supporting letters from faculty, or by a faculty member on behalf of the team.”

The deadline for submission of applications is May 18.

See the website of the Brown Institute for more.