Call for key projects in the Open Innovation in Science Impact Lab
Deadline for submission of idea sketches: 30.06.2021
Deadline for submission of project proposals: 30.09.2021
We live in times of multiple crises: for instance, global climate change breaks new records every year, while worldwide biodiversity is shrinking, the gap between rich and poor becomes wider, and gender equality is still not achieved.
To address these crises, the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and the University of Applied Arts Vienna have jointly founded the “Action for Sustainable Future (ASF) hub”. This laboratory for open innovation in science aims at the practical implementation of sustainable change within society.
To this end, the ASF hub is looking for key projects that will deal with the Unites Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in different ways. The major societal challenges of our time – such as resource scarcity, social inequality and global health – cannot be tackled by single scientific disciplines and through technological solutions alone. Therefore, citizens shall be actively involved in the key projects from the very beginning and artistic as well as scientific strategies and findings will be combined. The long-term continuation and impact of the projects after the end of the ASF hub is a clear goal.
To enable citizens with little project experience to participate in the call for proposals, the submission process for projects is divided into two phases. In a first step, actors from different societal sectors (e.g. activists, artists, NGOs, representatives from business and administration, or scientists) are invited to submit their innovative ideas on sustainable development in the form of an idea sketch (1-3 pages) by June 30, 2021. At a kick-off workshop on July 13/14, applicants will be connected and we will explore how the ASF hub can support applicants. In the second phase (July – September 2021), applicants can further develop their idea sketches into project proposals with support from the ASF hub in the form of workshops and individual consulting. Project proposals (10 pages) can be submitted until September 30, 2021. Participation in the kick-off workshop or the support programme is not mandatory for a successful submission. Supported projects will be selected in early November 2021, with the earliest possible project start in December 2021.
The total amount of project support by the ASF hub is € 500,000 for a maximum of 5 key projects. These projects will be financially handled by LBG and will receive constant content-related supervision and support from the ASF hub during its overall duration until December 31, 2023.
Key projects supported by the ASF hub have to meet certain selection criteria. These criteria were defined by the Sustainability Board, taking into account the aims of the ASF hub. The Sustainability Board consists in equal numbers of members of the University of Applied Arts, members of the UniNEtZ project (Universities and Sustainable Development Goals) and representatives of civil society organizations. It represents the content-related advisory board of the ASF hub and is also responsible for project evaluation and selection.
CRITERIA FOR KEY PROJECTS
To make the submission process as accessible as possible and to include smaller initiatives with little project experience, the selection process is divided into two phases. However, participation in phase 1 and the associated support programme is not mandatory for successful project development and application.
In phase 1, idea sketches for projects and collaborations can be submitted until June 30, 2021. The idea sketch can be between 1 to 3 DIN A4 pages (Arial, 12 pt) and should outline the idea for a project that meets the above-mentioned selection criteria. It is not necessary at this stage to already have cooperation partners.
All those who submitted project ideas that meet the selection criteria will be invited to a kick-off workshop on July 13/14. This workshop serves on the one hand to connect applicants with potential cooperation partners and to deepen and further develop project ideas. On the other hand, the need for support on the part of the applicants will be identified. All potential applicants can make use of the support programme offered by the ASF hub to refine their project ideas and write project applications.
The deadline for completed project proposals is September 30, 2021.
The project proposal should comprise a maximum of 10 DIN A4 pages (Arial, 12 pt, excluding references), take into account the selection criteria, and include the following elements:
Idea sketches and project proposals (in German or English) should be emailed as PDF files to
asf.hub (at) uni-ak.ac.at.
Idea sketches and project proposals (in German or English) should be emailed as PDF files to asf.hub (at) uni-ak.ac.at.
All submitted applications will first be checked for formal criteria. All formally valid applications are then evaluated and ranked by members of the Sustainability Board. The final decision on support rests with the Management Board of the ASF hub, consisting of members of the University of Applied Arts and the LBG. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than November 2021.
In order to enable accessibility, the ASF hub offers a diverse support program for applicants in regard to project submission, project management and project evaluation. Also, trainings and further education programs on the challenges of cooperating with diverse partners will be offered.
For further questions contact
Dr. Dorothea Born
Coordinator ASF hub
dorothea.born (at) uni-ak.ac.at