Call High Tech for a sustainable future

Update 12 December: We added a Q&A to this news item. The 4TU.Federation (TU Delft, TU/e, UT and WU) has issued a Call for proposals for the 4TU research programmes 2018-2021. The overarching theme of the programmes is ‘High tech for a sustainable future’.
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UPDATE 12 December: we added a Q&A to this news item. 

The 4TU.Federation (TU Delft, TU/e, UT and WU) has issued a Call for proposals for the 4TU research programmes 2018-2021. The overarching theme of the programmes is ‘High tech for a sustainable future’.  

Who can apply?
The application is open for consortia of 4TU researchers, representing at least three, and preferably four, TUs. Researchers that are part of an existing 4TU research centre may also submit an application as (part of) a consortium. External, non-4TU researchers are not eligible for funding.

Scope
Consortia can apply for funding of a programme that covers at least one of the following research themes:

  • High tech to feed the world
  • Sensing Science and Technology
  • Robotics
  • Health & Vitality
  • Resilience
  • Advanced Materials
  • Energy Conversion & Storage.

The programme must also align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the EU’s Societal Challenges and Key Enabling Technologies.

Budget
The programme budget can be between €500k and €1000k per year, including a joint cash contribution from the participating faculties (for Wageningen University: science groups) of at least 25% of the programme budget. This means that programmes can receive a maximum annual contribution of €750k from the 4TU.Federation, over a four-year period.

Assessment
The assessment procedure consists of three phases:

  • Phase 1: CLOSED
    Consortia of researchers can express their interest to participate in a research programme that covers one or more of the selected research themes via the Expression of interest form. Individual researchers that are not (yet) part of a consortium can also express their interest via this form (closing date: Monday 30 October 2017, 11:59h, CET).
  • Phase 2: CLOSED
    All researchers that have expressed their interest in a research theme via the Expression of Interest Form, have been invited PERSONALLY to a matchmaking event. This invitation-only event takes place on Friday 10 November 2017, from 09.00-13.00h at Impulse, on the campus of Wageningen University. Note that participation in the matchmaking event is not obligatory for researchers in order to file an application.
    The aim of the event is to inform interested researchers about the 4TU research programmes, and to bring together (future) partners that can together develop proposals for this call.
  • Phase 3: Following the matchmaking event, consortia are invited to apply for funding of a research programme. Applications can be filed by consortia using the Application form (closing date: Monday 19 February 2018, 11:59h, CET).  

Detailed information can be found in the Call for proposals. For further enquiries, please contact IJsbrand Haagsma, Secretary General of the 4TU.Federation.

Questions & Answers:

1. What does the submission procedure look like?

In order to submit a consortium proposal, you must fill out the submission form, which is available in Word format via the 4TU-website. The completed form needs to be submitted by the dean (Wageningen: executive director) of the envisioned programme coordinator. The proposal must be accompanied by individual commitment letters from all involved deans (Wageningen: executive directors), guaranteeing the 25% matching in cash. Researchers that qualify for tenure can be offered a permanent position when the programme funding of the 4TU.Federation has ended (31 December 2021). The form and all attachments need to be submitted as one pdf file, via an e-mail to secretaris@4tu.nl. The submission deadline is Monday 19 February 11:59 CET.
The Secretary General of the 4TU.Federation checks whether each submitted proposal meets all formal requirements (see paragraph 4.1, ‘Eligibility’). If this is the case, the proposal will be declared eligible by the 4TU.Research Management Committee. If a proposal does not meet all requirements, the envisioned programme coordinator will be notified about the requirement(s) that is/are not met via email. (S)he gets the opportunity to make the necessary corrections or additions until Friday 23 February. Making any other corrections or additions is not allowed. Proposals that do not meet the formal requirements by February 23 16:59 CET are declared ineligible by the 4TU.Research Management Committee and will therefore not proceed in the assessment procedure.

2. Who will assess the proposals?

The 4TU.General Board has mandated the 4TU.Research Management Committee to make the decision whether to grant a financial contribution to each of the proposed research programmes. This committee will appoint an advisory panel to advise the rectors on the quality of the proposals. The decision about which proposals will be awarded funding will be taken during a 4TU.Research Management Committee meeting in March 2018.

3. Can I submit more than one proposal?

No: the name of each researcher can only be part of one proposal as a consortium member. 

4. How many proposals will be funded?

The number of programmes that is awarded funding depends on the quality of the proposals and the budget requested by the consortia. For the 4TU research programmes programmes a total amount of k€ 3575 of 4TU funding is available per year in the period 2018 to 2021. The expectation is that five or six proposals can be funded from the available budget.

5.How will funding be spread over research themes?

There is no pre-determined distribution of funds over the various themes within the call.

6. Are researchers from Wageningen Research eligible for funding in a 4TU Research programme?

No; only 4TU researchers can apply for a 4TU research programme as part of a consortium. Researchers of Wageningen University can be part of a consortium; researchers of Wageningen Research can not participate in the call for proposals. Consortia of 4TU researchers should represent at least three, and preferably four, TU’s. Participants in proposals need to have an appointment at one of the four technical universities and the budget needs to be spent at one of the four universities.

7. What are the procedures for appointing tenure trackers within this programme?

The procedure for appointing tenure trackers within this programme are exactly the same as the regular procedure at the host university. This means that procedures might slightly differ between the universities, depending on the host university.

8. Who is paying for the 25% matching from the faculties (Wageningen: Science Groups)?

The 25% matching is guaranteed together by all involved deans (Wageningen: executive directors). The actual budget for the matching might come from (administrative) units within that faculty or science group (WU). The commitment letters that are attached to the proposal should state the cash contribution that each faculty will make, and should together make up at least 25% of the programme budget.

9. How is a balanced distribution of funds over the technical universities reached?

The 4 : 3 : 3 distribution will be maintained by the 4TU.Research Management committee at the level of the total budget of the 4TU research programmes. Due to budgetary restrictions, Wageningen cannot participate in all proposals. If deemed necessary, consortia may be asked by the rectors to modify their programme budget, in order to reach the desired overall distribution.

10. What are the administrative procedures?

If the 4TU.Research Management Committee has decided to grant a financial contribution to the research programme, a meeting between the committee and the programme manager is arranged. The aim is to come to an agreement about the details of the programme budget, the financial contribution of the 4TU.Federation and the governance structure and annual reporting procedure of the programme.
In the first months of the research programme, the programme manager should develop a Research Data Management plan with the support of the 4TU.Centre for Research Data and present this to the 4TU.Research Management Committee. 
During the execution phase of the programme for each of the proposals it is required to (i) maintain the allocated space of the 4TU-website; (ii) write a 2-page contribution to the 4TU annual report and (iii) send in quarterly cost declarations for reimbursement.

11.The k€ 60 per year for a postdoc and k€ 70 per year for a tenure-track is not sufficient to cover all costs, what do I do?

These amounts are a contribution from the 4TU.Federation (including the 25% matching) to the costs of appointing postdocs and tenure-tracks. If these contributions are not sufficient to cover all costs, then the rest need to be covered by the administrative units where these staff-members are appointed. The difference between the 4TU-contribution and the actual costs are not part of the budget for the proposal.

12. Is there a minimum or a maximum period for appointing a postdoc?

No; postdocs can be appointed for any length of time as long as they have a PhD and are appointed as researcher at the university. 

13. I did not submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) and/or did not participate in the matchmaking event. Can I still submit a proposal?

Yes; as long as you have financial support for the 25% matching you can submit a proposal. The EoI and the matchmaking event were only for bringing scientists together for joining-up in writing a proposal. They are not toll-gates that you have to pass.

14. Can the budget be used for current academic positions?

No; only new academic positions can be funded by this call.

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 Image: Pixabay

Call High Tech for a sustainable future

UPDATE 12 December: we added a Q&A to this news item. 

The 4TU.Federation (TU Delft, TU/e, UT and WU) has issued a Call for proposals for the 4TU research programmes 2018-2021. The overarching theme of the programmes is ‘High tech for a sustainable future’.  

Who can apply?
The application is open for consortia of 4TU researchers, representing at least three, and preferably four, TUs. Researchers that are part of an existing 4TU research centre may also submit an application as (part of) a consortium. External, non-4TU researchers are not eligible for funding.

Scope
Consortia can apply for funding of a programme that covers at least one of the following research themes:

  • High tech to feed the world
  • Sensing Science and Technology
  • Robotics
  • Health & Vitality
  • Resilience
  • Advanced Materials
  • Energy Conversion & Storage.

The programme must also align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the EU’s Societal Challenges and Key Enabling Technologies.

Budget
The programme budget can be between €500k and €1000k per year, including a joint cash contribution from the participating faculties (for Wageningen University: science groups) of at least 25% of the programme budget. This means that programmes can receive a maximum annual contribution of €750k from the 4TU.Federation, over a four-year period.

Assessment
The assessment procedure consists of three phases:

  • Phase 1: CLOSED
    Consortia of researchers can express their interest to participate in a research programme that covers one or more of the selected research themes via the Expression of interest form. Individual researchers that are not (yet) part of a consortium can also express their interest via this form (closing date: Monday 30 October 2017, 11:59h, CET).
  • Phase 2: CLOSED
    All researchers that have expressed their interest in a research theme via the Expression of Interest Form, have been invited PERSONALLY to a matchmaking event. This invitation-only event takes place on Friday 10 November 2017, from 09.00-13.00h at Impulse, on the campus of Wageningen University. Note that participation in the matchmaking event is not obligatory for researchers in order to file an application.
    The aim of the event is to inform interested researchers about the 4TU research programmes, and to bring together (future) partners that can together develop proposals for this call.
  • Phase 3: Following the matchmaking event, consortia are invited to apply for funding of a research programme. Applications can be filed by consortia using the Application form (closing date: Monday 19 February 2018, 11:59h, CET).  

Detailed information can be found in the Call for proposals. For further enquiries, please contact IJsbrand Haagsma, Secretary General of the 4TU.Federation.

Questions & Answers:

1. What does the submission procedure look like?

In order to submit a consortium proposal, you must fill out the submission form, which is available in Word format via the 4TU-website. The completed form needs to be submitted by the dean (Wageningen: executive director) of the envisioned programme coordinator. The proposal must be accompanied by individual commitment letters from all involved deans (Wageningen: executive directors), guaranteeing the 25% matching in cash. Researchers that qualify for tenure can be offered a permanent position when the programme funding of the 4TU.Federation has ended (31 December 2021). The form and all attachments need to be submitted as one pdf file, via an e-mail to secretaris@4tu.nl. The submission deadline is Monday 19 February 11:59 CET.
The Secretary General of the 4TU.Federation checks whether each submitted proposal meets all formal requirements (see paragraph 4.1, ‘Eligibility’). If this is the case, the proposal will be declared eligible by the 4TU.Research Management Committee. If a proposal does not meet all requirements, the envisioned programme coordinator will be notified about the requirement(s) that is/are not met via email. (S)he gets the opportunity to make the necessary corrections or additions until Friday 23 February. Making any other corrections or additions is not allowed. Proposals that do not meet the formal requirements by February 23 16:59 CET are declared ineligible by the 4TU.Research Management Committee and will therefore not proceed in the assessment procedure.

2. Who will assess the proposals?

The 4TU.General Board has mandated the 4TU.Research Management Committee to make the decision whether to grant a financial contribution to each of the proposed research programmes. This committee will appoint an advisory panel to advise the rectors on the quality of the proposals. The decision about which proposals will be awarded funding will be taken during a 4TU.Research Management Committee meeting in March 2018.

3. Can I submit more than one proposal?

No: the name of each researcher can only be part of one proposal as a consortium member. 

4. How many proposals will be funded?

The number of programmes that is awarded funding depends on the quality of the proposals and the budget requested by the consortia. For the 4TU research programmes programmes a total amount of k€ 3575 of 4TU funding is available per year in the period 2018 to 2021. The expectation is that five or six proposals can be funded from the available budget.

5.How will funding be spread over research themes?

There is no pre-determined distribution of funds over the various themes within the call.

6. Are researchers from Wageningen Research eligible for funding in a 4TU Research programme?

No; only 4TU researchers can apply for a 4TU research programme as part of a consortium. Researchers of Wageningen University can be part of a consortium; researchers of Wageningen Research can not participate in the call for proposals. Consortia of 4TU researchers should represent at least three, and preferably four, TU’s. Participants in proposals need to have an appointment at one of the four technical universities and the budget needs to be spent at one of the four universities.

7. What are the procedures for appointing tenure trackers within this programme?

The procedure for appointing tenure trackers within this programme are exactly the same as the regular procedure at the host university. This means that procedures might slightly differ between the universities, depending on the host university.

8. Who is paying for the 25% matching from the faculties (Wageningen: Science Groups)?

The 25% matching is guaranteed together by all involved deans (Wageningen: executive directors). The actual budget for the matching might come from (administrative) units within that faculty or science group (WU). The commitment letters that are attached to the proposal should state the cash contribution that each faculty will make, and should together make up at least 25% of the programme budget.

9. How is a balanced distribution of funds over the technical universities reached?

The 4 : 3 : 3 distribution will be maintained by the 4TU.Research Management committee at the level of the total budget of the 4TU research programmes. Due to budgetary restrictions, Wageningen cannot participate in all proposals. If deemed necessary, consortia may be asked by the rectors to modify their programme budget, in order to reach the desired overall distribution.

10. What are the administrative procedures?

If the 4TU.Research Management Committee has decided to grant a financial contribution to the research programme, a meeting between the committee and the programme manager is arranged. The aim is to come to an agreement about the details of the programme budget, the financial contribution of the 4TU.Federation and the governance structure and annual reporting procedure of the programme.
In the first months of the research programme, the programme manager should develop a Research Data Management plan with the support of the 4TU.Centre for Research Data and present this to the 4TU.Research Management Committee. 
During the execution phase of the programme for each of the proposals it is required to (i) maintain the allocated space of the 4TU-website; (ii) write a 2-page contribution to the 4TU annual report and (iii) send in quarterly cost declarations for reimbursement.

11.The k€ 60 per year for a postdoc and k€ 70 per year for a tenure-track is not sufficient to cover all costs, what do I do?

These amounts are a contribution from the 4TU.Federation (including the 25% matching) to the costs of appointing postdocs and tenure-tracks. If these contributions are not sufficient to cover all costs, then the rest need to be covered by the administrative units where these staff-members are appointed. The difference between the 4TU-contribution and the actual costs are not part of the budget for the proposal.

12. Is there a minimum or a maximum period for appointing a postdoc?

No; postdocs can be appointed for any length of time as long as they have a PhD and are appointed as researcher at the university. 

13. I did not submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) and/or did not participate in the matchmaking event. Can I still submit a proposal?

Yes; as long as you have financial support for the 25% matching you can submit a proposal. The EoI and the matchmaking event were only for bringing scientists together for joining-up in writing a proposal. They are not toll-gates that you have to pass.

14. Can the budget be used for current academic positions?

No; only new academic positions can be funded by this call.

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 Image: Pixabay