Eu-SPRI Forum supports the intellectual and career development of early career SPRI researchers (doctoral candidates; PostDocs), most notably through doctoral programs, conferences, summer schools and mobility between the partner groups.

Early Career Research Training Schools · ECS

The field of research and innovation studies is diverse and has homes in different disciplinary areas. No regular PhD training events are held at European level, unlike for example the established ETIC schools for economists of technological change. Young researchers need dedicated events to acquire and exchange knowledge in two directions:

The Eu-SPRI Forum supports ad hoc schools with some 25 students each for which EU-SPRI member organisations can apply. See latest ECS calls on: News

We have set up a series of training schools to provide comprehensive and coordinated guidance . Each school is located at the premises of one of our members, but delivered thorough a team involving colleagues from other EU-SPRI organisations. For each school a broad announcement to the STI policy community are being made.

EU-SPRI Training Schools Series · Pilots launched

Five schools are planned in this pilot series. Each school will be announced widely, target groups are PhD students (year 2 and 3 in particular) from Eu-SPRI member and non-member organisations, as well as professionals in the area of STI Policy.

Teaching format: Each school consists of lectures, debates and assignments. The reading list is short and should focus on recent contributions. Assignments can include critical analysis, use of tools, conceptual clarifications, and policy reporting. Output of assignments will be put online, e.g., as blogs. The format will encourage students to bring in their own research into various sessions and discussions, but we do not aim for separate discussions about the work of individual students. Such individual training is much more central in other Eu-SPRI instruments.

Eu-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conferences · ECC

The aim of the conferences is to gather together outstanding early career researchers with established academics for a series of exchanges about ongoing and new research in research and innovation policy. Early career researchers can network with one another, across institutions and countries, and with established researchers, and gain critical feedback on their work, as well as experience in critiquing the work of peers.

The Eu-SPRI Forum will support one conference per year. An ECC would normally have 25-30 participants.

Eu-SPRI PhD Circulation Award

The circulation of PhD researchers among Eu-SPRI members is an important element of the training activities of the network. It addresses our objective of offering a European pathway to PhD researchers in this field. The proposed location of a visit of normally three months or longer should be in a different “national system” so that the PhD researcher experiences a different institutional environment.

Eu-SPRI will award a lump sum of 2.000 Euros per candidate (for travel expenses and accommodation). The Award can be granted to doctoral researchers in their second year of PhD thesis or beyond (and early stage researchers, who have completed their PhD within the past 12 months, in exceptional circumstances).

Call for proposals for doctoral researchers. The circulation of PhD researchers is an important element of the training activities of the Eu-SPRI Forum Network.

Student Report (after circulation)