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R&D Funding

Beginning October 1, 2017, PIC will be accepting applications for R&D funding on a rolling basis. If you intend to apply for R&D funding, please contact Ianeta Le'i (ilei@piccom.org). 

Media Fund provides up to $15,000 for Research & Development (R&D) funding for single programs of standard broadcast length (56:46 or 26:46). In rare cases, when 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 US 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 communicates the project's idea with as much detail as possible
  • Sample Work(s) - two previously completed projects that best represent your storytelling abilities
  • Key Personnel - resumes, bios and letters of commitment for committed or proposed key personnel (e.g. executive producer, producer, director, editor, director of photography, etc.)
  • Project Timeline for the R&D phase
  • Detailed budget that includes income and expenses
  • Fundraising Strategy that includes specific funding sources and amounts
  • Target Audience - a description that explains why the project is appropriate for public television, its timeliness and relevance to Pacific Islander communities and other specific communities, and why it will appeal to a national audience
  • 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.