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 7th Call for Proposals for ITI projects and University-wide courses is now open. The application deadline  is January 10, 2019.


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's themes
  • Gather a cross-departmental team of resident faculty members and preferably students as well
  • Find a relevant theme or topic under which your project or course proposal can make a significant contribution
  • Download and complete the appropriate application form for either ITI projects or University-wide Courses
  • Submit the completed application form electronically to before the deadline.

Who can apply?

Each ITI project proposal should be submitted by at least three resident academic staff members from at least two different academic units (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.

Applications for University-wide Courses should be submitted by a minimum of two resident academic staff members from at least two different academic units (i.e. schools and departments, research units, or academic support units).

In both cases, the 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, relate to at least one of its themes, and are of an inter-, cross, or trans-disciplinary nature. 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.


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).

In the case of proposals for University-wide Courses, funds are available for hiring teaching assistants (if justified), inviting guest lecturers, and acquiring relevant teaching materials.


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 submitted proposals for ITI projects: 

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.

The following criteria will be taken into account when evaluating submitted proposals for University-wide Courses:

a) Quality of the partnership, with a special emphasis being placed on unique but complementary character of cooperation between participating academic units and faculty members. Proposals have to warrant the involvement of different faculty members and teaching assistants.

b) Originality of the proposed course topic and teaching method, including the importance of the specified learning outcomes for CEU students.

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