Open for all BECC-associated researchers
Applications for Action Groups can be sent to the Board two times per year: by 1 May or 1 December.
An Action Groups (AG) addresses a particular issue, problem, knowledge gap or opportunity relevant to fulfilling research, education, outreach or societal impact objectives of BECC. A key characteristic of an AG is the added value it leverages by linking research groups, disciplines or individuals bringing complementary perspectives, interests, expertise or networks to the table. They are not intended as a way to fund research projects, but as a way to facilitate development of novel research directions, increase the use of BECC research to inform societal decisions or increase the use of BECC research in education. They therefore have the following characteristics:
- They serve the purpose of reaching BECCs goals and objectives as expressed in BECC’s strategies.
- They exist for a limited period of time (6–12 months) during which they act to utilise the expertise, resources and networks of BECC to perform activities culminating in an action or product that serve to further BECC development, such as a synthesis report, database or tool, funding proposal, or contribution to a national or international assessment,
- They clearly benefit from the participation of researchers from multiple research groups, disciplines and/or universities.
An AG is applied for by a core group responsible for its coordination, but must be open to and encourage participation by interested researchers within BECC. Applications should be anchored in the research themes, by being discussed at a theme meeting or with theme leaders before an application is sent in. The decision to initiate a new AG is made by the BECC board based on a proposal.
Funding applied for should be well motivated and tailored to the ambitions of the AG. The maximum funding for AG coordination is 10% coverage of salary plus social costs, including overhead, for 6–12 months. Salary for up to 10% per person can be applied for to carry out defined tasks. The maximum total amount to be applied for is 300,000 SEK with a maximum contribution from Gothenburg University of 150,000 SEK.
Proposals to create a new AG should be prepared using the AG application form below. The main applicant should be part of BECC and at least one of the applicants must be a PI of BECC. Proposals can be sent to the board two times per year; before 1 May and before 1 December, where after decisions are made by the board responsible (LU, UGOT or both for joint proposals).
The AG coordinator is responsible for preparing a report describing activities and outcome/s of the AG, to be submitted to the BECC board within 3 months after the completion of the AG funding period.
AGs form a dynamic part of the organisation of BECC, and are thus obliged to participate and contribute information to internal and external communication activities such as the BECC website and annual meeting.