We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the EASST Fund 2020. Several 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, summer schools, 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. Examples of activities supported in previous rounds: STS Austria launch event in Vienna, Spanish STS network (esCTS) annual meetings, Technosciences of Post/Socialism conference in Budapest, Mattering Press open-access STS publishing initiative.
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 2020 and 31 December 2020.
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 €5000 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 the announced support categories.
How to apply?
- Applications can be submitted only by EASST members.
- Applications should specify the category they apply for and include a description of the proposed activity, addressing the criteria below. 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:
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 late December 2019/early January 2020. Recipients should notify the Council their acceptance of award within 15 days after the awards communication.
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, Twitter hashtag #EASST). EASST support should be recognised in the public dissemination of the funded activity. This could involve the use of the EASST logo 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.