Eu-SPRI Early Career Research and PhD Training School, Postponed

Call for applications: EU SPRI Spring School 2020

Transformative Innovation for Sustainability and Post-industrial Industrial Policy

Location: University of Sussex, Falmer, United Kingdom, BN1 9SL

Date: to be announced

Organisers: SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, INGENIO, and Eu-SPRI – European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation

Organising Committee: Prof Ed Steinmueller (course director), Dr Adrian Ely, Dr Simone Vannuccini

Maximum Participants: 30

Application Deadline: to be announced

Course objectives

Participants will become familiar with the emerging ‘transformative change’ frame, and will be able to:

• Critically examine the prevalent framings of science and technology policy, placing them in historical perspective

• Recognise and discuss the emerging policy practices which embody the ‘transformative change’ frame

• Identify and critically assess methods and approaches with the potential to ‘open-up’ and democratise STI policies

• Consider the role of alternative science and technology indicators

• Reflect on the relevance of the ‘transformative change’ frame to their current research and professional practice

The course has a duration of 5 days and combines lectures, panel discussions, and interactive training sessions. Each day will be dedicated to one or more topics — combining lectures, case studies and group discussions. Sessions will also be held to present and discuss the research of participants with the aim of providing supportive peer and senior feedback and ideas.

Important dates: to be announced.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a PDF document, with your name as the file name, consisting of:

• A motivation letter (1 page, 500 words)

• A brief CV (2 pages)

• A recommendation letter (300 words)

Applicants are requested to use the Europass template ( for their CV.

Applications will be evaluated on three criteria:

• A demonstrable capacity to conduct research on STI or STS issues with policy relevance (motivation letter and CV)

• Likelihood that the participant will benefit from the training (motivation letter)

• Track-record (CV and recommendation letter)

Enquiries must be sent to

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Postponed EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conference 2020, Valencia, Spain


We are pleased to announce the 2020 INGENIO PhD Days, an event organized by INGENIO’s doctoral students. The event aims to contribute to the development of research capabilities, presentation and communication skills, as well as to build networks among a new generation of researchers (PhD students as well as early career researchers).

This time the topic of the conference is “Innovation and research agendas: between policy priorities, societal challenges and academic autonomy” and the keynote speakers will be Molly Morgan Jones and Ohid Yaqub.

Research lines:

1) Orienting science and innovation towards political and societal goals: implications and strategies.
2) Factors affecting academic knowledge production.
3) Analysis of interactions among diverse actors in innovation systems.
4) Impacts of developments at the technological frontier and how to manage them.
5) Methods and strategies to support and understand the participation of multiple actors.

Please, find attached the Call for proposals. You may also visit the conference’s website for more details about its aims and topics:

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please submit your abstract through the following link:

Members of the Organising Committee look forward to seeing you next April at the conference! Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact us (

Kind Regards,

2020 INGENIO PhD Days Organizing committee

INGENIO is a joint research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV).

Eu-SPRI Forum Early Career Researcher and PhD Circulation Award: Call Deadline 11th September 2020

Call for proposals for Doctoral Researchers and Early Career Researchers

Twenty Ninth submission deadline: 11th September 2020

The circulation of Early Career and PhD Researchers is an important element of the training activities of the Eu-SPRI Forum network. It is part of the development of the European Training Platform, which the Eu-SPRI Forum aims to develop in the area of science and innovation policy studies. It addresses our objective of offering a European pathway to Early Career and PhD researchers in this field. 

The EU-SPRI Forum now invites Early Career and PhD Researchers to apply for the next round of the circulation scheme. Member organisations are:

  • Université Paris-Est, Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société (IFRIS)
  • Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR), IRCRES Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth, Rome
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Manchester, Institute of Innovation Research
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • NIFU, Norway
  • University of Twente,  Institute of Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS)
  • VTT, in collaboration with Helsinki Institute of Science and Technology Studies (HIST)
  • UiO, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo
  • SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
  • Innovation Studies, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development , Universiteit Utrecht
  • TNO, Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research
  • UAM, Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and Accenture
  • TUD, Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, ZWE der TU-Dortmund

This call is open to Doctoral Researchers in their second year of PhD thesis or beyond and Early Career Researchers, who have completed their PhD within the past 36 months.

Topic Areas supported

This mobility call is restricted to research topics relating to science, technology and innovation policy including studies of science, technological innovation processes and entrepreneurship which may have relevance for policy.

How to apply

  1. You must first discuss your proposed visit with a potential supervisor at your chosen host institution. Both the ‘Home’ institute and ‘Host’ institute must be members of the Eu-SPRI Forum Network. You must confirm that they are prepared to accept you if your proposal is selected.
  1. Send the following documents to the Secretariat 

(This does not need to be signed by all parties at application stage)

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter / email of support from Host Supervisor
  • Letter / email of support from Home Supervisor
  • 1 other academic reference
  1. Your application will be evaluated by a committee from the Eu-SPRI Forum Training Group. You will be informed of the outcome when a decision has been made (within 1 month).

Application guidelines

  • The proposed location should be in a different “national system” so that the researcher experiences a different institutional environment. An application to move, for example, within the Netherlands would not be accepted.
  • Length of circulation visit should be at least 3 months. The three months can be split into tranches.
  • In the Letter of Intent, be as specific as possible about what you intend to do at your host institute.  Detail why you wish to visit that particular institute; how it will contribute to your research; what you hope to achieve.
  • Prepare your proposal thoroughly, look at the criteria for selection and make a good case.  The awards are competitive and you need to present yourself well.  Have a specific objective for the stay.  This could be to work on an area of theory with experts or to undertake fieldwork in a different country, for example.  Think about the potential benefits which may arise in the longer term.  Make sure you put in sufficient material to convince the reviewers
  • Ensure that the place you want to visit is a good match for you and your work and make sure that the researcher(s) you want to work with will actually be there and are willing to host you.  Making preliminary enquiries about practical arrangements is also a good idea.  However, if someone at another institution has agreed in principle to accept you, your proposal may still be subject to a request for further revision or rejected.
  • Ask someone (perhaps your supervisor) to review your proposal before you submit it.
  • Your research must be relevant to the Eu-SPRI Forum Network. For more information see the web
  • Both the ‘PhD Home’ institute and ‘PhD Host’ institute must be members of the Eu-SPRI Forum Network. Therefore, you may only apply to institutes that are ‘PhD Hosts’ within Eu-SPRI Forum Network.  See list above and web
  • The criteria for evaluating proposals are:
  • Quality of the candidate
  • Quality of the PhD project

–     Relevance of the project to Eu-SPRI

–     Expected benefits of stay for host institution

–     Expected benefits of stay for research career and/or PhD studies

–     Balance of student flows

Further details

  • Eu-SPRI will award a lump sum of €2,500 per candidate (for travel expenses and accommodation)
  • If your application is successful, the letter of Intent must then be signed by all parties who must agree to the terms outlined in it
  • On completion of the circulation you must provide an evaluation report to the Eu-SPRI network which will be placed on the website
  • If you think you need any further information please email: the Secretariat