Calls

Current Deadline 2022-11-09

How we support you

WHY? We work at the intersection of developing technologies and social responsibility. This is why we support knowledge and technology transfer as well as life-long learning on an inter-organizational layer. For this, we are always in exchange with society, research, teaching and economy.

This can happen in a variety of formats for projects in science, education and society. Our examples shall provide financial, knowledge-based and structural help.

FOR WHOM? You are a scientist, a researcher, a student or working in economy and want to cooperate with the excellence of institutions of higher education? Then you are at the right spot with us.

Here you can find a step-by-step description of our funding process.

  • Opening of the funding round by info-mail to CTS houses
  • Application processing via online tool TU coLAB
  • Personal project application form to be requested by e-mail to proposals@cts.wien (receive link incl. completion help afterwards)
  • Submission of an abstract on the project before the abstract deadline:
    • max. 1 DIN A4 page,
    • Content part: Problem (incl. naming the most relevant state-of-the-art), project goal, most important research question for achieving the project goal and planned method(s);
    • Organisational part: Partnering considerations from the CTS houses, time frame, first rough cost estimate.
  • Feedback on the content of the abstract and project application from the CTS before the submission deadline (see also consultation hours)
  • On-time submission of the project application on Call for Proposal - Center for Technology and Society coLAB-Space (access on request) with ZIP file containing all documents incl. signed application
  • Internal review of the project application according to expected formal requirements
    • Fully completed and signed application
    • Explanation of the non-application of certain funding criteria in the project description
    • Complete budget overview
    • Complete Gantt chart (project schedule)
    • Complete listing of the consortium including at least 3 CTS houses
    • CVs of the proejct team members
    • Confirmation of participation of project team members in form of completed application signed by project leader
    • Working time contributions of the individual project team members (also in-kind)
  • Review of the project application according to scientific and formal quality by experts and the review board
  • Recommendation for/against project funding by the Review Board to the Steering Committee
  • Review of project application by Steering Committee
  • Decision on project funding by the Steering Committee
  • If project funding is approved, project start at indicated time by means of kick-off meeting (includes financial processing)
  • If project funding is not approved,revision of the project application for the next funding round

You can find a visualization of the entire funding process in this general overview (PDF).

Formats & Criteria

Projects funded by the CTS are supported by at least one of the following three pillars. Within said pillars, we defined a variety of formats within which we expect the projects to be found. However, it is entirely possible that a project is supported by more than one of the mentioned pillars and combines different formats.

Science

The CTS supports applications for project and innovation development in the field of knowledge and technology transfer as well as lifelong learning at the interface of technology development and social responsibility. In these development projects, it may be a matter of researching and formulating topics according to the state of the art, looking for specific coordination partners or writing up the content of further project applications.

CTS support may include the appointment of (predoctoral/postdoctoral) research assistants. In addition, it is a matter of

  • the development of expertise on the chosen topics through liaison and/or appointments in CTS,
  • the growth and promotion of young researchers in this subject area,
  • the introduction of trans- and interdisciplinary approaches and topics,
  • project participation also in potential follow-up projects and public presence on the selected topics.
CTS supports proposal development for doctoral programs. A doctoral college is a unit in which at least five to ten scientists come together to train doctoral students. On the one hand, the aim of the DK is to bundle scientific research, and on the other hand, to structure the work of the doctoral students in organizational terms. The doctoral students are employed as research assistants. Doctoral programs are a practical means of conducting current and innovative research.
Think tanks consist of committed scientists who are interested in new and future-oriented topics and deal with different aspects of such topics. Their activities are often temporary and can be organized through workshops, panels or the creation of joint position papers.

Think tanks can be used to explore those topics that interest researchers and faculty at CTS partners and should connect faculty and institutes across institutions. The CTS supports the development process of a think tank and, if necessary, moderates its work process and activities.
Particularly urgent topics at the interface of technology development and social responsibility can be addressed in a scientific symposium or workshop. The CTS supports the creation, conception and implementation of a scientific symposium or workshop, especially with a focus on cross-university initiation and implementation. In this way, issues of technical and socially relevant challenges can be highlighted, and research proposals or other more presuppositional modes of cooperation can be prepared.

Education

Every year, students have the opportunity to submit their bachelor’s/master’s thesis or dissertation dealing with a CTS-relevant topic to the CTS Student Awards. The theses are judged by a jury with representatives from academia and practice. The best submissions will receive a cash prize. The thesis of the winners will be promoted by CTS through several channels.
Learning and teaching formats can be developed for business partners (e.g., WKO, various trade guilds, industrial associations, etc.) in the field of technology development and social responsibility. Thus, any form of innovation education in the field of science, education and the exchange with society and business can be promoted. In addition, the consulting service of CTS can enable the joint formation of solutions.
During the lecture-free period, the annual summer/winter schools for students and academics from all over the world can be organized, reflecting the versatility of the scientific disciplines of the CTS. The aim is to give international visibility to those topics in the field of technology development and social responsibility. The aim of these schools is to bring renowned experts from the international discourse to Vienna as a university location and possibly to win them over for further cooperation.
Particularly urgent topics at the interface of technology development and social responsibility can be addressed in a symposium or workshop with a focus on education. The CTS supports the creation, conception and implementation of such a symposium or workshop, especially with a focus on cross-university initiation and implementation. In this way, issues of technical and socially relevant challenges can be highlighted, and research proposals or other more presuppositional modes of cooperation can be prepared.

Society

The target group of students, teachers and those of project assistants on CTS topics participate in regularly held idea competitions. The development and implementation of the idea competitions are funded by CTS as projects. CTS additionally supports the organization of the competition, if required.
The CTS supports the creation of Reaction Videos on the topics specifically related to technology and society. A Reaction Video is a web video that shows the reactions of one or more people to a specific event. One or more people react to an existing video or other event. The reaction may include one’s own opinion or a discussion and is posted on the CTS website.
The CTS supports the creation and maintenance of best practices on socio-technological topics and their multimedia visualization. This provides open access to transdisciplinary, national and international best practice examples.
Particularly urgent topics at the interface of technology development and social responsibility can be addressed in a symposium or workshop with a focus on society. The CTS supports the creation, conception and implementation of such a symposium or workshop, especially with a focus on cross-university initiation and implementation. In this way, issues of technical and socially relevant challenges can be highlighted, and research proposals or other more presuppositional modes of cooperation can be prepared.

The projects we fund must meet criteria regarding cross-institutional, interdisciplinary cooperation, thematic classification, goals and target group orientation, interdisciplinarity, state of the art, ethical issues, (ecological) sustainability, added value for the CTS, inclusion and knowledge transfer. In addition, the quality of the proposal will be assessed.

Dates

Current call

November 2022
Initial Announcement September 2022
Abstract Deadline 2022-10-12
Application Deadline 2022-11-09, 1:00 pm
Application Results Notification Until 2022-12-12
Consultation Upon Request 2022-10-19, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
2022-11-02, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Future calls

2nd Quarter - 2023
4th Quarter - 2023

Past calls

June 2022
Applications received 1
Approved tbd
December 2021
Applications received 3
Approved 2
September 2021
Applications received 5
Approved 3
June 2021
Applications received 5
Approved 1
March 2021
Applications received 5
Approved 3
November 2020
Applications received 3
Approved 3
September 2020
Applications received 3
Approved 3

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