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: