CIVICA announces research call winners

CIVICA announces research call winners

Eleven projects have been selected for funding in CIVICA’s first call for collaborative research proposals, from a total of 27 applications. Open from 1 February to 23 March 2021, the call marked the launch of CIVICA Research, the alliance’s long-term research and innovation agenda. The aim of such research calls is to foster new, innovative research and deepen cooperation between CIVICA’s eight member universities.

We were impressed by the number of outstanding proposals we have received,” said Carsten Q. Schneider, Professor in the Political Science Department at Central European University (coordinating institution for CIVICA Research) and chair of the evaluation committee. “In light of the high-quality research plans, CIVICA members have jointly agreed to increase the available funding to approx. 400,000 EUR.” The financing comes from CIVICA’s Horizon 2020 funds, national funding sources and partners’ own resources. 

The call prioritised research in one or more of CIVICA’s four focus areas: Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth; Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century; Europe Revisited; and Data Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences. Cross-disciplinary proposals were particularly welcome.

A network graph of the winning projects

The call encouraged applications from teams of three or more CIVICA institutions. Most of the eleven projects selected for funding  bring together three CIVICA partners, with the biggest project involving six partners.

The projects will showcase their first results in early 2022 and will run until the beginning of 2023. Reflecting on the project outputs, Guillaume Plantin, Vice President for Research at Sciences Po and member of the evaluation committee, said: “The first round of funded projects ushers in a new level of research collaboration in our alliance. I’m convinced this is a stepping stone towards establishing CIVICA as a leader in the social sciences in Europe and the world.

CIVICA congratulates the winning projects and the researchers involved. Five projects gather faculty and researchers from Sciences Po, 2 projects being led or co-led by Sciences Po. Find below more information on these five diverse projects.

  • Digital Trade Integration - Dataset & Index (DTII) – lead institution: EUI
  • Mapping Emotions during COVID-19 Pandemic Using Twitter Data (EmoMap) – lead institution: Bocconi University
  • Migration, Terrorism, and Democracy – lead institution: Hertie School
  • Sustainable Energy and Food Transitions (STEADFAST) – lead institution: Bocconi University
  • The Long Shadow of Educational, Skills, and Professional Inequities in Time and in Space: Implications for Polarization and Support for Populism in Europe – lead institution: LSE
  • Welfare, Democracy, and Populism under the COVID-19 Crisis (WELDECO) – lead institution: CEU

CIVICA’s next call for collaborative research proposals will be open in 2022. To stay up to date, subscribe to the CIVICA newsletter.

Read the original article and more information on CIVICA’s first call for research proposals on the website of CIVICA - The European University for Social Sciences.

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