Calls for proposals

CEU academic staff members are invited to submit proposals for new teaching, research, or community engagement projects under the Intellectual Themes Initiative.


The upcoming application deadline for the 6th Call for Proposals will be confirmed soon.

HOW TO APPLY?

In order to apply for an ITI grant please follow these steps:

  • Read carefully the Call for Proposals and the detailed presentation of the Initiative
  • Gather a cross-disciplinary team of resident faculty members and preferably students as well
  • Find a relevant theme under which your project can make a significant contribution
  • Download and complete the Application form
  • Submit the completed Application form electronically to iti@ceu.edu before the deadline.

Who can apply?

Each project proposal should be submitted by at least three resident academic staff members from at least two different academic units of the University (i.e. schools and departments, research units, or academic support units) or by two resident academic staff members and one visiting/non-CEU academic staff from two different academic units. Involvement of students, especially PhD student and postdoctoral fellows, is strongly encouraged. Participation of visiting and non-CEU faculty is welcome.

What types of projects are eligible?

All types of projects are eligible that correspond with the objectives of the initiative and relate to one of its themes. Only innovative interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, or trans-disciplinary proposals will be considered, as outlined in the description of the initiative. Projects can encompass activities in the area of teaching and learning, research, outreach and civic engagement. Innovative projects are especially encouraged, even when they do not correspond strictly with any single traditional type of area of activity of universities. There is no quota for research, teaching, or outreach activities.

ITI is envisioned primarily to support standalone projects that will strengthen CEU’s academic profile and interdisciplinary and cross-unit collaboration. When projects are linked to other on-going or future projects, this should be clearly indicated in the application form.  However, ITI projects should not be conceived only as bridges to other activities or preparatory phases of other projects. 

WHAT IS THE Eligible duration of A project?

Projects can be short-term, featuring a one-off event, like a conference or workshop, as long as they are truly collaborative and meet all the criteria set by the initiative. Long-term projects (such as the development of a new course or joint research projects) can run up to four years - with a possibility of continuation depending on the institutional evaluation of the entire initiative.

HOW MUCH Funding CAN BE REQUESTED?

ITI operates with an initial budget of EUR 100,000 per year and per theme (a total of EUR 400,000 per year). There is no limitation of the amount that could be requested for individual projects. However, the submitted projects budget should be realistic and in line with the expected results. Projects with matching funding or co-funding are also welcome. 

All expenses directly related to the projects are eligible. This excludes items that are normally paid by CEU (e.g. salaries covering regular teaching or research duties).

HOW WILL PROJECT PROPOSALS BE EVALUATED?

Submitted applications will be evaluated by a selection committee appointed by the Rector in consultation with the Provost and chaired by an external academic. The committee is comprised of faculty members from CEU who are not submitting proposals themselves.  

The following criteria will be taken into account when evaluating the submitted proposals: 

a) Relevance of the project to the objective of the initiative and a clearly articulated connection to the individual theme under which it has been submitted. The proposal must provide a clear indication of how it would contribute towards the overall goals of the initiative including:

  • help to bring together various parts of the University; 
  • promote innovative work, along the lines of the four theme descriptions; 
  • promote interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, or trans-disciplinary work;  
  • build on existing strengths of the University while making possible significant new contributions and adding value;    
  • help to better project CEU externally 

b) Priority will be given to projects with high impact potential that are expected to have a significant influence of intellectual, professional, educational, or social nature, going beyond activities with only ephemeral expected results.

c) The submitted proposals will be assessed for their feasibility. This criterion includes the selected method for the realization of the project, a reasonable work plan, and appropriate budget.

Colleagues who are considering to submit a proposal are welcome to consult the respective thematic faculty group or other CEU colleagues prior to submitting an application. In order to facilitate such consultation, you are encouraged to directly contact the Office of the Provost at any time. To inquire about the consultation process, please send an email to iti@ceu.edu