Open call for Connected Research Communities Incubators

APPROVED CRCs INCUBATORS AND IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES

Approved CRC's Incubators

1. EUTOPIA for Planetary Wellbeing: Sustainable Partnerships

Contact Person: Lena Mélon
lela.melon@upf.edu
Partner Universities:
University of Ljubljana, Pompeu-Fabra University-Barcelona


2. TRAPTS: Trans-policy Perspectives on Transformations in Sovereignty

Contact Person: Jamal Shahin
jamal.shahin@vub.be
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, University of Gothenburg, University of Warwick


3. International Rule of Law

Contact Person: Joachim Åhman
joachim.ahman@law.gu.se
Partner Universities:
University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana, University of Warwick


4. CRC Tourism and Experience           

Contact Person: Eva Maria Jernsand
Eva.maria.jernsand@handels.gu.se
Partner Universities:
CY Cergy Paris University, University of Gothenburg, Pompeu-Fabra University-Barcelona


5. Law & Philosophy UPF-UL

Contact Person: José Luis Martí
joseplluis.marti@upf.edu
Partner Universities:
University of Ljubljana, Pompeu-Fabra University-Barcelona


6. Gender and Power: How to Combat Gender Inequalities in Our Societies Today

Contact Person: Lissell Quiroz
lissell.quiroz@cyu.fr
Partner Universities:
CY Cergy Paris University, University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana


7. Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Developement

Contact Person: Chiara Bortolotto
chiara.bortolotto@cyu.fr
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, CY Cergy Paris University


8. Mobility Of Students in Teacher Education - MOST

Contact Person: Irma Brkovic  
irma.brkovic@gu.se
Partner Universities:
University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana


9. Photography and Dissent. Image Circulations In and Out of Public Discourse

Contact Person: Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans
katarzyna.ruchel-stockmans@vub.be
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, CY Cergy Paris University


10. History, Identity, and Linguistic Diversity

Contact Person: Christopher Strelluf  
c.strelluf@warwick.ac.uk
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana, Pompeu-Fabra University-Barcelona, University of Warwick


11. Active Eutopia

Contact Person: Fernando Peruani
fernando.peruani@cyu.fr
Partner Universities:
CY Cergy Paris University, University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana, University of Warwick


12. Linguistic Interaction between Humans and AI (LIHAI)

Contact person: Petter Sutton
peterroger.sutton@upf.edu
Partner universities:
University of Gothenburg, Pompeu-Fabra University-Barcelona


13. Research for Inclusive Education

Contact Person: Muriel Epstein
muriel.epstein@cyu.fr
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, CY Cergy Paris University, Pompeu-Fabra University-Barcelona


14. Sustainable European Private International Law (SEPIL)

Contact Person: Jachin VAN DONINCK
jachin.van.doninck@vub.be
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, University of Gothenburg, University of Ljubljana


15. Sustainable Catalysis by Design

Contact person: Mark Greenhalgh
mark.greenhalgh@warwick.ac.uk
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, University of Warwick


16. EUTOPIA - Durable Materials CRC

Contact Person: Iris de Graeve
iris.de.graeve@vub.be
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, University of Gothenburg, University of Warwick


17. Primary Co-cultures in Liver on Chip (PicLOC)

Contact Person: Caroline Beck Adiels 
charlotte.hamngren.blomqvist@physics.gu.se
Partner Universities:
Vrije Universitet Brussel, University of Gothenburg

Implementation Guidelines

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Find here the PowerPoint Presentation of the Webinar that happened on August 30th (about implementation guideline updates, info on the final report, and Q&A).


 

Find here the official 'Participants List' document, to add to the final report for the CRC Incubators.

BACKGROUND

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 Incubators call.

The EUTOPIA Connected Research Communities Incubators 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.

IDEA

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

WHO CAN APPLY?

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.
 

DO YOU WANT TO APPLY TO A CONNECTED RESEARCH COMMUNITY?

  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

BUDGET

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 Communities Incubators 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).

DEADLINE

We will award CRCs Incubators 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 Incubators or by June 10, 2022, at the latest.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Participation from a minimum of 2 founding EUTOPIA partners (as listed above) is required in each CRCs Incubators. However, priority is given to CRCs Incubators with three or more partners.
  2. Although a CRC Incubator can include an unlimited number of members, maximum of 6 researchers per CRCs Incubators 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 CRCs Incubators 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 CRCs Incubators (mandatory one coordinator and one partner)
  • The research challenge, including a description of how the CRCs Incubators 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

SELECTION CRITERIA

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 CRCs Incubators 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 Incubator will not be rejected but instead, be given the option to include them as unpaid members.

SUBMISSION AND NOTIFICATION OF AWARD

The coordinator sends in the application through the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/ZXYxi8pE5d
Selected EUTOPIA Connected Research Communities Incubators will be notified as soon as possible.

IMPLEMENTATION

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

FOLLOW-UP

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

WEBINAR

We will organize a webinar on August 30, between 15:00 – 16:00 CET. Register HERE.

The objectives of the seminar will be to: 

  • advise on questions regarding the budget use 
  • Q&A with the coordinator from own universities in dedicated Zoom rooms 
  • prepare for reporting 
  • gather general feedback about the CRC call and potential future improvements
In the "Implementation Guidelines" tab at the top of this page, you can find the PowerPoint document that was used during this webinar, as well as a PDF of the 'Participants List' to be used in the final report for the CRCs Incubators.

QUESTIONS & LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION

For general enquiries: eutopiacrc@gu.se

For local implementation procedures, contact the local Programme Managers:
 

FAQ

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?

Yes


Do we need to save the invoices?

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