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Call for ASG applications 2019-2020

Employees at Lund University are hereby invited to suggest scientific problem areas, suitable for work in an Advanced Study Group (ASG) at the Pufendorf IAS during the period autumn semester 2019 – spring semester 2020. Your electronic application must be received by the Pufendorf IAS no later than 10 January 2019, sent to: ansokan@pi.lu.se

An ASG gathers a group of researchers from different disciplines around a common research problem. It is an opportunity to work together on a complex idea that is still at an early stage. The goal is to develop the group’s knowledge and potentially to result in a research application or research communication in various forms. The number of disciplines included is not fixed, but three or more faculties are usually involved. What is essential is that the ASG gathers the expertise required to successfully address the described interdisciplinary problem area.

The members of the group are to be employed by Lund University during the ASG’s period of activity. Doctoral students, within the framework of their research studies, are also welcome to take part in the group, on condition that their participation is approved by the head of department and their supervisor/s.

How does the group work?
The group holds its meetings, seminars and workshops at the Institute, once per month or more during the period from September to May. The group has free access to the Pufendorf IAS premises for its activities and has access to funding to enable it to invite lecturers, hold seminars and workshops, etc. The main aim of the group’s work is to develop its knowledge with a view to the future. External research communication may be an outcome, but is not a requirement.

Financial grant for the work
The Institute will contribute a maximum of SEK 100 000 towards the costs associated with seminars, travel for external participants, etc. Groups can use the grant to remunerate visiting speakers, but are not to use it to cover salary costs.

The intention of the financial support is to continuously assist the group’s knowledge development; therefore, a maximum of 30 % of the funding can be used on a single occasion. The task of the Pufendorf IAS is to stimulate collaboration between researchers from different disciplines within Lund University. Therefore, as a rule, the budget does not permit contributions to conference travel or fieldwork. Of course, it is acceptable to use other external funding for these types of initiatives within the framework of an ASG.

The awarded grant is a cost framework which can be used during the two semesters at the Institute. The money is not disbursed to the group as its own funding. At the end of the assigned period, i.e. the last day of the spring semester 2020, access to the funding within the cost framework will cease.

Institute requirements
The Institute’s activities presume participation and attendance. The research groups’ meetings and seminars are to be held in the building. The work should conclude with a forward-looking activity emphasising further studies. The group’s synthesis activity may vary in form, resulting in a research application, a film, a podcast, a book publication or a minor conference, for example.

A report describing the group’s activities is to be submitted to the Institute on conclusion of the work. The report is to include a brief summary of the group’s meetings and events, as well as a list of invited speakers and future plans. The participants also undertake to participate in the surveys that form the basis for the development of the Institute’s activities.

What a theme proposal should include
The proposal can be written either in Swedish or English and is to include a description of the research problem that the group intends to work on, a presentation of the members of the proposed group, and a plan for the intended structure of the work. In an attached budget, the costs of seminars and lectures by invited speakers can be estimated. In summary, we wish to receive:

  • a description of a multidisciplinary research problem;
  • a description of what the group wishes to achieve during the year in relation to the problem area;
  • a presentation of the participating researchers, justifying their knowledge contribution to the ASG;
  • a plan for the structure of the interdisciplinary work;
  • an estimated budget for the activities

The application is to be written in Swedish or English and divided into three documents with the following content:

Document 1. A description of the problem and strategy for the planned work, max 5   

                     pages (excl. references)

Document 2. Relevant CVs for participating researchers, max 1 page per participant

Document 3. A tentative budget for activities

Decision-making process
Decisions on new ASGs are taken by the board of the Pufendorf IAS. The processing time is estimated at 2 months, which means that the applicants will be notified of the decision in March 2019. 

For more information, please contact:

Ann-Katrin Bäcklund, director, ann-katrin [dot] backlund [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se, ext: 2 04 71

Eva Persson, coordinator, eva [dot] persson [at] pi [dot] lu [dot] se, ext: 2 62 03

 

We look forward to reading your application!

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