Overall aims of the programme:
together researchers of ECIU universities, catalysing international research
professional development of researchers, by acquiring specific know-how from
experience and good practice abroad
further (international) high quality research outputs within ECIU, for example
towards joint research funding grant applications, publications and research projects
access to the excellent research facilities within ECIU
research collaboration within ECIU and build a professional network of
colleagues in other ECIU universities (internationalization), for the benefit
of each individual and ECIU as a whole.
While any researcher based at an
ECIU university is in principle eligible to apply for the ECIU Research Mobility
Fund, the ECIU explicitly encourages early career researcher to apply. The
Research Mobility Fund is open to all disciplines; preferences are given to applications
addressing the ECIU joint strategic research areas of Smart Society and
Industry 4.0 (see ECIU website for specific information about research topics).
Connection to Innovation and Entrepreneurship is furthermore of added value to
an application. Funds may be also considered for applications aiming at
exploring collaborations between multiple ECIU universities.
The fund specifically
supports travels to European ECIU universities, as well as to the associate ECIU
partner Tec de Monterrey (Mexico).
Applications can be made
for up to €5,000 to pump-prime the development of international research
collaborations within ECIU. The funding should be used primarily for outgoing
travel (at economic rates) and associated subsistence costs. If experiments are
planned, coverage of lab costs (including access) is to be agreed between both
participating universities. Attendance
fees for conference or symposium, as well as costs for consultancy work for
research proposals, are in principle not supported by the fund.
Duration of stay is
negotiated on an individual basis; applicants are encouraged to a minimum stay
of one week. When applying (see below, for application procedure), researchers
are requested to indicate the duration and the proposed start date of the stay.
An individual researcher
is restricted to one application per calendar year. Funds cannot be used to meet
the costs of an activity that will fall beyond the actual end date of the
How much can I apply for?
Academics can apply for awards of up to €5,000, to pump-prime the development of international research collaborations.
What can the money be spent on?
The funding should be used primarily for outgoing travel and associated subsistence costs. The benefiting researcher remains an employee of the sending institution, and as such will be paid the usual salary from the home institution; s/he must make sure to have sufficient insurance coverage, at all necessary levels while traveling abroad. Regarding financial support: while the sending institution supports accommodation and travels through the Research Mobility Fund, the receiving institution offers the office space; if experiments are planned, coverage of lab costs (including access) is to be agreed between both participating universities.
When and how can I apply?
Applications can be made at any time through the academic year, using the ECIU Research Mobility Grant Application Form along with a (two-page max) CV of the applicant. Please note that the form requires institutional supporting statement and signature, as part of the application. Please ensure that this is included in the form at the time of submission (your local contact for the ECIU Research Mobility fund will provide you with the information on the authorized person to sign the application). The application should be sent to the ECIU Research Mobility Fund local contact person.
How soon will I know about the outcome?
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in 14 days.
Funds are managed by
each university, which includes assessment of applications and decision-to-grant,
for own applicants. The local contact person for the ECIU Research Mobility
Fund will seek to communicate the result of each application within 14 days of its
Decision to grant is
based on the assessment of expected quality and impact of the prospective
collaboration. Specifically, it will be assessed whether:
and clarity of outcomes from proposed collaboration are clearly articulated
goals behind the specific collaboration are clearly identified.
research and/or knowledge exchange benefits to collaborating parties and
universities are evident.
mechanisms for supporting collaboration beyond ECIU fund are considered.
is economically budgeted.