Call for Applications for the Annual EASST Fund

20 Jul
EASST Council

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the EASST Fund 2018. Successful applications will be awarded with €1000 funding.

The scheme aims to promote national and cross-national community building within EASST, advance new questions, topics and perspectives in science and technology studies, as well as enable collaboration with non-academic actors publically engaged in science and technology. EASST wishes to support a range of activities such as the organisation of conferences, network meetings, seminars, workshops etc. EASST is particularly keen on providing funding for dissemination of such activities, e.g. through social media or other means, like short movies.

We welcome Network and Community-building activities organised by, or leading to, the creation of national and regional academic associations or other academic and non-academic initiatives committed to the promotion of scholarly and public engagements with science and technology in the European region. Activities supported in previous rounds include: STS Austria launch event in Vienna, Spanish STS network (esCTS) annual meetings, Technosciences of Post/Socialism conference in Budapest.

We similarly encourage the organisation of Workshops and small Conferences within Europe with the potential of making significant theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the field.

Examples of supported activities from previous rounds: STS Perspectives on Energy conference in Lisbon, Does History Matter? Techno-sciences and their historically informed policies conference in Athens, STS and Development workshop in Amsterdam.

Activities should start between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.

EASST especially invites applications from parts of Europe where EASST activities and membership are under-represented (Southern and Eastern Europe). There is a total budget of €6,000 for this call. By default, we offer €1000 for successful applicants, but we also accept applications for smaller sums. The proposed activities can be fully or partially funded by EASST. There are no quotas for different types of activities.

 

How to apply? 

– Applications can be submitted only by EASST members.

– Applications should include a description of the proposed activity, addressing the criteria identified in the call. They should also include the proposed venue, date, organisers and expected number and profile of participants (when applicable) along with a budget specifying how the funds requested will be allocated.

– Applications should be on our application form which can be downloaded here
https://easst.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Application-Form-for-EASST-Fund-2018.docx

Completed forms should be emailed to admin@easst.net no later than 15 September 2017 as a word (or equivalent) document (NOT pdf).

 

Assessment of applications

The key considerations in assessing the applications are the following:

Community building on the national and cross-national level, and reaching to a European audience. Particular emphasis is given to novel network initiatives, especially in countries under-represented in EASST (Southern and Eastern Europe). Novel academic questions, new collaborations, and reaching beyond academia. Innovative initiatives in academia (e.g., open access publishing) and public engagement in science and technology. Open activities accessible for a wide array of participants and reaching a broad audience. Feasibility and value-for-money. We particularly welcome initiatives with limited access to other potential sources of funding.

Communication of award is expected by 10 November 2017. Recipients should notify the Council their acceptance of award within 15 days after the awards communication.

 

Funding requirements

Since only a small number of EASST members will benefit directly from the activities, an approx. 2,000 words report will be required from those receiving awards which will be considered for publication in EASST Review. Beyond this, EASST also encourages applicants to pursue further strategies to address or involve the EASST membership more widely (such as a video from the activity which can appear on the EASST web-site or an online discussion or a web-exhibition). EASST support should be recognised in the public dissemination of the funded activity. This could involve the use of the EASST logo, referring to us on social media via our twitter handle @STSeasst or a short statement on publicity or event materials. The awarded amount will be transferred against invoices after the event. In exceptional cases, full or partial pre-funding can be provided.

For further information please contact Aleksandra Lis at aleksandra.ola@gmail.com or EASST administrator Sonia Liff at admin@easst.net.

 
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