Eu-SPRI Early Career Event, University of Sussex, June 13th, 2023

Call for Participation

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) event will be held on Tuesday 13 June 2023 at the University of Sussex, the day before the Eu-SPRI 2023 Annual Conference begins. The event is hosted by the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School and supported by the Eu-SPRI Forum

Objectives of the event 

This ECR Event aims to support early career scholars in developing their research profile and professional career. To do so, we have designed various sessions, such as Getting Your First Job, Getting Your Research Published and Parallel Sessions, where participants can present their work and discuss with peers, leading scholars and editors of international journals. We will provide a relaxed and supportive environment to facilitate learning opportunities, the exchange of various perspectives and networking for future collaborations.

The event will welcome PhD students, postdocs and ECRs who have completed their PhD within the past three years. The number of participants is limited to 50. This event will incorporate the 29th SPRU PhD Forum – an event which has been running since 1994 (previously known as DPhil Day). 

How to apply 

Please submit a 2-page application letter (pdf) by email to: EuSPRI23-ECR@sussex.ac.uk, organised as follows:

  1. your full name, current position & affiliation (including country of affiliation) 

  2. your research interests and activities

  3. your motivations for participating at this event 

  4. an extended abstract (500 words, excluding references) describing your research – this could be a paper under development or your thesis proposal but should be different from your Eu-SPRI Conference Paper.

When selecting participants, the Organising Committee will consider several features of the application letter including: the alignment of the motivation with the aim and scope of the event, the potential benefit to the applicant’s research, the timeliness for the development of the applicant’s career, and the quality of the extended abstract.

Please note that participation in the main conference is required to apply for this ECR event. If you have any queries related to the event, please get in touch at the above email address.

Fees

ECRs from Eu-SPRI member institutions: free of charge 

ECRs from Non-Eu-SPRI member institutions: EUR €250

The above fee includes lunches, refreshment breaks, an evening social activity and (for non-SPRU colleagues) one night’s accommodation (June 12th). 

Important Dates

  • Call for Applications opens 1st December 2022 

  • Applications close 13th February 2023 

  • Notification of acceptance & Registration opens 20th March 2023  

  • Registration closes 1st June 2023

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Eu-SPRI Forum Early Career Researcher and PhD Circulation Award: Call Deadline 11th March 2023

Call for proposals for Doctoral Researchers and Early Career Researchers

Next deadline: 11th March 2023

The circulation of Early Career and PhD Researchers between the member organisations, 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. 

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
  • TUD, Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, ZWE der TU-Dortmund
  • Rathenau Institute — KNAW

This call is open to Doctoral Researchers, in member organisations, in their second year of PhD thesis or beyond and Early Career Researchers, in member organisations, 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.

Candidates can decide to apply for a short mobility call (up to one month visiting) or a regular mobility call (at least 3 months of visiting).

How to apply

  1. You must first discuss your proposed short term or regular 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 Deborah.cox@manchester.ac.uk

(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 for regular circulation and up to 1 month for short-term circulation. 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.  If you apply for a short-term circulation you have to clearly explain why such a short-term visiting is sufficient to reach the research objective of the stay.
  • 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 website.
  • Both the ‘PhD Home’ institute and ‘Host’ institute must be members of the Eu-SPRI Forum Network. Therefore, you may only apply to institutes that are ‘Early Career/PhD Hosts’ within Eu-SPRI Forum Network. Full members are listed on the website.

 The criteria for evaluating proposals are:

  • Quality of the candidate
  • Quality of the ECR/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 (only for regular circulation)

Further details

  • Eu-SPRI will award a lump sum of €2,500 per regular visit candidate (for travel expenses and accommodation) and up to €1,200 for short-term candidates.  This will be paid once the awardee is in situ at the host organisation.
  • 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 a Circulation Report to the Eu-SPRI network which may be placed on the website. This is a mandatory requirement.
  • If you think you need any further information please email: Debbie.Cox@manchester.ac.uk or Kate.Barker@manchester.ac.uk