Open call for Connected Research Communities


One of the long term objectives of the EUTOPIA alliance is to set up sustainable researcher networks. As a first step to reaching that goal, we now launch the EUTOPIA Connected Research Communities call.

The EUTOPIA Connected Research Communities aims to connect research initiatives across EUTOPIA and beyond and enable researchers and innovators to grow their ideas in any science and technology field by sharing them with their peers. The EUTOPIA Connected Research Communities is a bottom-up call for networks focusing on activities related to a global challenge or SDG to boost societal, economic, political and/or scientific impact.


Identify a research challenge and explain how you and your network could help advance the challenge’s solution. Be innovative.


All EUTOPIA researchers within all research fields and disciplines from one of the six founding EUTOPIA universities (Vrije Universitet Brussel, CY Cergy Paris University, University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana, Pompeu-Fabra University-Barcelona, University of Warwick) are eligible as paid members. However, as unpaid members, we strongly encourage participation from the other EUTOPIA universities (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Technische Universität Dresden, NOVA University of Lisbon, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca) and other relevant external stakeholders. The coordinator is required to be employed at one of the six original EUTOPIA universities throughout the project.


  1. Please complete the application form

  2. Join the webinar in which we will explain all the details on Wednesday 11 May 2022 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM through the following  Zoom link


The purpose of the funding is to encourage the establishment of new researcher/stakeholder networks and reinforce existing ones. Therefore, funds should not be used to cover salary costs.

Each researcher from a EUTOPIA university participating in a Connected Researcher Community receives up to €3000 for networking purposes such as travel, living accommodation and subsistence.

Researchers from VUB, CY, GU, UPF and Warwick may apply for an additional €2000 per researcher to be spent on costs mentioned above or on other expenses (e.g. research expenses or on external partners). The university’s local procedures determine how these funds can be used (see contact details below).


We will award CRCs on a continuous basis. The call opens on April 20, 2022. The call closes when there are no more funds left for new EUTOPIA Connected Research Communities or by June 10, 2022, at the latest.


  1. Participation from a minimum of 2 founding EUTOPIA partners (as listed above) is required in each CRC. However, priority is given to CRCs with three or more partners.
  2. Although a CRC can include an unlimited number of members, maximum of 6 researchers per CRC can be paid by EUTOPIAfunds, with a maximum of 3 researchers from a single university.
  3. Inclusion of new EUTOPIA partners, global partners or external stakeholders is encouraged
  4. The CRC should strive for an equal gender distribution
  5. The project must start in 2022, and funding must be used by Nov 2022

The project plan shall include
  • Information about the coordinator and partners included in the CRC (mandatory one coordinator and one partner)
  • The research challenge, including a description of how the CRC relates to a Global Challenge and/or an SDG (mandatory, approximately 250 words)
  • Proposed activities (mandatory, max 500 words)
  • The expected outcome of the project (e.g. plan for joint publications, position papers, joint research applications, increased collaboration,other tangible ways of contributing to building EUTOPIA’s connected research communities, approximately 250 words)
  • A budget outlining how to spend the available funds before November 2022


According to the requirements above, each application will undergo an eligibility check and an evaluation by the Management Board of the EUTOPIA TRAIN project. A CRC will be awarded as soon as all the minimum requirements are met on a first-come, first-serve basis. Depending on the university, between 8 and 13 researchers can be funded per university. If all spots are already filled for one university at the time of submission, a selected CRC will not be rejected but instead, be given the option to include them as unpaid members.


The coordinator sends in the application through the following link:
Selected EUTOPIA Connected Research Communities will be notified as soon as possible.


Funds will be made available to the researchers through their universities according to their normal procedures.


Each CRC will be required to submit a report on achieved results by the end of November 2022. The CRC members will also be asked to answer, between May and June 2023, to an online evaluation form about the impact of the CRC pilot activities. This will allow EUTOPIA to assess the success of the CRC pilot.


For general enquiries:

For local implementation procedures, contact the local Programme Managers:


Who are the external actors?

Any university, institution, company and/or organization besides the six EUTOPIA universities mentioned in the call.

How are global challenges defined?

EUTOPIA has not produced a list of global challenges and understands the concept in its broader sense as a challenge spreading over national or continental borders and therefore concerning not only one country or continent.
The applicants are encouraged to explore the UN’s 2030 agenda and the connected Sustainable Development Goals.

Would non-EUTOPIA universities have any funds for traveling?

The budget per researcher includes two amounts, as follows:
3000 euros restricted to the six EUTOPIA universities mentioned in the call. 2000 Euro not restricted to the six EUTOPIA universities only. This part of the budget could cover costs for the external actors if so wished. This is subject to local university routines so check with your LPM if there are any restrictions.
Please contact your hosting university for details about how to report the budget.

Are the four new members of EUTOPIA alliance eligible for funding through the call?

No. Nevertheless, the 2000 Euro part of the budget that is not restricted to EUTOPIA universities only can be used for covering the costs of the partners from the four mentioned EUTOPIA universities. 
All international meetings are nevertheless eligible only if they take place in the countries of one of the six EUTOPIA member universities.

Will the new four EUTOPIA members have the possibility to apply for CRC in the future?

A new project application was sent in by the EUTOPIA alliance. The new application form includes all the ten members of the EUTOPIA alliance. If the project will be approved by the European Commission and if this CRC pilot will be successful it is very like it that we will repeat it in one form or another.

Can an activity be organized after November 2022 if the tickets are bought before November 2022?

Unfortunately no. All activities must be reported by the end of November 2022.

Can one of the expected results be the preparation of a summer school?

Yes, as long as the topic of the summer school aims at tackling a global challenge/SDG.

Does one need to have a working contract with the university through which one applies?

Yes, you need to have a working contract with one of the six partner universities.

Are PhD students categorized as researchers?

PhD students can apply as long as the total number of PhD students in an application does not exceed the number of researchers (persons whom have already obtained a PhD).

Are there any platforms where we could meet researchers with the purpose of creating a CRC?

Yes. We have created this Miro board in order to help those in need to find partners for the call. Please access the board here: Miro | Online Whiteboard for Visual Collaboration

Is it possible to participate in two CRCs?


Do we need to save the invoices?

Please contact your hosting university for details about how to report the budget.