The provincial governors of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino approved the Euregio Science Fund third call for proposals at today’s board meeting. The call, which is endowed with €3.2m, is primarily aimed at several-year collaborative research projects involving all three research locations in the European region, regardless of discipline. Experts from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) will provide information about the call for proposals directly in Bolzano and Trento on 2 and 3 November 2017.
“If we want to move the European region forward, the Euregio projects need substance. With the Science Fund, we are making the added value of the European region tangible in research as well, and are offering a real perspective for progress, development and international competitiveness,” said Günther Platter, Arno Kompatscher and Ugo Rossi, the provincial governors of the Euregio Science Fund.
The Euregio Science Fund was launched in 2014 as a beacon project of the European Region; the first two calls for proposals were very successful, with over 70 submissions. Finally, a total of more than €2.3m was distributed in eight selected cross-border projects, which created 24 new jobs for Euregio researchers.
In the third call, the European Region will again be supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). This is responsible for the evaluation of the applications and also handles the Tyrolean programme sections. “The Euregio call for proposals is an enrichment for the research landscape in Tyrol and a great opportunity to work on joint research topics across borders,” Bernhard Tilg, Tyrol’s provincial councillor for science and member of the Euregio Scientific Advisory Board, is convinced.
The current call for proposals of the Euregio Science Fund is aimed at all research institutions in Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino whose scientists want to implement a joint project in the field of basic research. The focus is thus on collaborative research projects with a common research objective and joint implementation. The project duration is set at two to three years, the project volume is set at €250,000 to €500,000.
The recommendation for funding is made by the Euregio Scientific Advisory Board on the basis of the FWF’s international evaluation. The most important criterion is the scientific level of the projects. Thus only excellent or at least very good projects are to be funded. If several projects have the same scientific quality (excellent/very good), then the projects that involve all three scientific locations – Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino – will be given preference. Finally, the call for proposals also ensures that, if the scientific evaluation standards are met, at least one project from each of the two research groups of science, technology and medicine, and humanities, jurisprudence and social sciences will be recommended for funding.
For the first time, in cooperation with the FWF the joint office of the European Region is organising information days in Bolzano (2 Nov.) and Trento (3 Nov.). This gives interested researchers the opportunity to obtain first-hand information on scientific and organisational standards. As part of the information days, the FWF is also offering individual consultations in which very specific questions can be directly clarified for people who wish to resubmit their application.
The deadline for the third call is 16.00 on 28 February 2018. Registration for the Information Days and further information on the call can be found at www.europaregion.info/research.