The University of Konstanz is inviting applications for CAT (Constructive Advanced Thinking) Programme 2021. The aim of the CAT initiative is to foster networks of excellent early-career researchers dedicated to devise new ideas to understand and to tackle current or emerging societal challenges. Although the programme has a strong focus on the societal relevance of the projects, it is entirely blue-sky, bottom-up and non-thematic. This call has been incubated in the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study (NETIAS) and also involves institutes beyond the network.
Participating Institutes (2021 call):
- Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus
- CEU Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest
- Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem
- Madrid Institute for Advanced Study, Madrid
- Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions, Montpellier
- Paris Institute for Advanced Study, Paris
- Scienza Nuova, Torino
- Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
- Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld
- Zukunftskolleg, Konstanz
- At mid-term, the continuation of the team’s work will be subject to approval after evaluation of a short progress report.
- At the end of their project, in addition to the organization of one or more final meeting(s) presenting the results, the CAT teams will be expected to produce a final report in the form of a text, video, website or other media, that will be made public.
- In keeping with the policies of the participating institutes, the researchers retain the intellectual property rights to their work.
- The project must address emergent societal issues.
- The Principal Investigator must have a stable research position in a European higher education and/or research institution for the entire duration of the project. S/he should have obtained a PhD between January 2012 and December 2020.
- Doctoral researchers may also participate. However, no team member should have obtained her/his PhD before January 2012.
- There is no specific requirement for representatives of stakeholder organizations.
- Each team should include participants from at least two different countries (current workplace, including non-European countries; any nationality).
- The team of 3 to 5 persons (stakeholders included) must be fully constituted, with CVs of all members.
Duration: up to three years, teams will benefit from a series of short stays (i.e. between one and two weeks, two to three times a year, for a maximum of six stays) in participating institutes.
Submit application documents (in English) via our online application portal. Applications should include:
- A 300-word abstract;
- A 3000-word max text (including references) OR a video of 15 min max (please include the web link in the abstract), describing the team’s research question and how it plans to address it;
- A brief work plan for meetings and activities with an indicative calendar and duration.
- A short description of the team
- A PDF file with CVs for each participant and an indication of where they will travel from to the meetings;
- Letters of support: at least two from academic researchers; additional letters from extra-academic stakeholders outside academia are encouraged.
|Organization||University of Konstanz|
|Subject areas||All disciplines|
|Eligibility||Open to all nationalities|
|Deadline||1 September 2021|