We are proud to announce the launch of new calls for Short Initiatives (SI) and TEAM projects that are expected to be running as of September 2022! These are the first calls within our new Five-Year Programme 2022 – 2027 (FYP2), guided by new ambitions and lessons learned from Covid-19.
Covid-19 changed the world drastically, highlighting the role of science and international cooperation to tackle global and local problems, with data and digitalisation creating new opportunities for equal partnerships. With SI and TEAM projects, VLIR-UOS is committed to offering both junior and experienced academics the relevant tools and opportunities to contribute to academically inspired, science-driven societal change.
We have updated and optimised our portfolio as to the policy and conceptual frameworks and guidelines, guided by the new FYP2 ambitions and lessons learned from Covid-19. Agenda 2030 and SDG principles serve as the main reference point: the focus on meaningful impact through multi-stakeholder partnerships resonates with the FYP2 ambition “Connect4Change” to promote cooperation among and beyond academic actors (CONNECT), societal impact (valorisation), and collective learning.
Our SI and TEAM projects are short or medium-term projects that aim to explore, build and deepen academic/scientific collaborations among diverse teams. They focus on a specific sustainable development challenge. In addition to strengthening research and educational capacities of higher education and science institutions (HE&SIs), these projects create the conditions for uptake of new and relevant knowledge, applications and/or services by all development actors.
A specific objective of FYP2 is to mobilise junior academics and academics with no prior experience with VLIR-UOS to engage in "sharing minds, changing lives". This is the reason why the number of projects (proposals) per promoter is limited. SI projects are particularly accessible to (junior) academics who would like to gain a first experience as a promoter of a VLIR-UOS project.
Multi-actor partnerships are stimulated, among and beyond academic actors. If different Flemish or partner HE&SIs will be involved in a TEAM proposal, either university, university of applied sciences and arts or both, an extra budget of 20.000 EUR can be applied for.