Interested in getting support for your project?

R&D Funding

PIC is now accepting applications for R&D funding on a rolling basis. If you intend to apply for R&D funding, please contact Cheryl Hirasa for more information.

Media Fund provides up to $15,000 for R&D funding for single programs of standard broadcast length (56:46 or 26:46).  In rare cases, if the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length programs in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications.  Producers applying for R&D funds will need to enter into an exclusive four-year public television broadcast rights license for the U.S. and its territories. 

Projects that qualify for R&D funding are ones that have not yet begun production. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production and post-production to create a trailer or reel for fundraising or other early phase activities.  

Along with filling out an application form, you must also submit the following application materials:

  • Project Description that communications the project's idea with as much detail as possible
  • Work-in-Progress (WIP) is not required for R&D Applications, but if you have one, you are able to upload a trailer or scene selects.
  • Sample Work - a previously completed project that best represents your storytelling abilities
  • Key Creative Personnel – list of key creative personnel (e.g. executive producer, producer, director, editor, director of photography etc.) including names, roles and brief bios; and letters of commitment for secured personnel.
  • Detailed Budget that includes income and expected expenses for the R&D phase of your project, broken down by category and line item. 
  • Detailed Project Timeline for completing the project
  • Audience, Distribution, Promotion & Engagement plans
  • Training Plan that explains how this project will provide specific training or internship opportunities for emerging Pacific Islander producers or technical talent

Failure to submit any of the above listed items will result in disqualification of your proposal.

The application process is completely electronic, we no longer accept hard copies of applications. Please review the information in the How to Apply page for more details on application materials and evaluation criteria