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FWF is launching its new programme #ConnectingMinds to promote the work of transdisciplinary research teams. The first round of calls is open from 26 February to 16 April 2020. Information about the application process and the programme, which is being funded by the Austrian Nationalstiftung (National RTD Foundation), is available here.

The goal of the transdisciplinary research promotion programme #ConnectingMinds is to help engage stakeholders outside the academic community in research projects. It is available for teams that combine scientific and social knowledge to address the social, technological, ecological and economic challenges of our time.

Open for different subjects, focus on practice

#ConnectingMinds is not limited to a specific area – grants may be sought for project proposals ranging from digitization to care-giving, from climate protection to democracy issues. A total of four million euro will be provided by the Nationalstiftung during an initial pilot stage to fund projects in which academic researchers initiate and implement a research process in collaboration with stakeholders from other spheres of life. These may include representatives of NPO/NGOs, civil society associations, public administrative bodies, business companies, as well as representatives of health and education institutions.

Two-stage application process

The programme is divided in two stages. During a preliminary stage starting on 26 February 2020, two to five researchers may submit a proposal to organize a project-specific workshop. The second stage will follow in autumn 2020, when full project proposals may be submitted to apply for funding under the #ConnectingMinds programme.

For further information, please visit the #ConnectingMinds programme page.

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