Apply for a BECC Action Group
An Action Group (AG) addresses a particular issue, problem, knowledge gap or opportunity relevant to fulfilling the goals and objectives of BECC, as expressed in BECC’s strategies. Applications are open for all BECC members and can be sent to the Board two times per year: by 1 May or 1 December.
What is an Action Group?
A key characteristic of an AG is the added value it leverages by linking research groups, disciplines, or individuals bringing complementary perspectives, societal actors, interests, expertise, or networks to the table. The action in focus should
- facilitate development of novel research directions, and/or
- address problems relevant to BECC stakeholders (see for example von Post et al. 2020), and/or
- increase the use of BECC research to inform societal decisions, and/or
- develop collaboration with societal actors, and/or
- increase the use of BECC research in education.
- It is not a mechanism to fund research projects.
An AG exists for a limited period (6–12 months) during which it uses the expertise, resources, and networks of BECC to perform activities culminating in a concrete action or product that serves to advance BECC’s research and/or societal impact. The product could be for example a synthesis report, database or tool, funding proposal, scientific papers highlighting novel research directions, or a contribution to a national or international assessment.
The maximum amount to be applied for is 500,000 SEK, with a maximum contribution from the University of Gothenburg of 150,000 SEK. Funding applied for should be well motivated and tailored to the ambitions of the AG.
The maximum funding for AG coordination is 20% coverage of salary (including social costs and OH) for 6–12 months. For other defined tasks, another 10% per person can be applied for.
Application and reporting
A core group is responsible for applying for an AG and for its coordination. The AG must encourage participation, and be open to, other interested researchers within BECC. Applicants are encouraged to anchor the AG in BECCs Research Themes before submission. The decision to fund a proposed AG is made by the BECC board. It is not possible to apply for funding to extend the time of an AG.
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 submitted to the board twice per year; before May 1st and before December 1st, after which decisions are taken by the board (LU, UGOT or both for joint proposals).
If you are planning a workshop before/within/after your AG, it is possible to apply for extra funding.
If you are planning to produce a knowledge synthesis within your AG, it is possible to receive feedback and support from the BECCs board, its Theme leaderships and its supporting organization regarding revision, communication and to some extent administrative tasks.
Reporting of outcome and communication of results
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 one month after the funding period has ended.
AGs form a dynamic part of the organisation of BECC and are thus obliged to contribute information to internal and external communication activities such as the BECC website, newsletter, and annual meeting.
Discuss your idea with a coordinator or theme leader.
The BECC board
Send your proposal to
lina [dot] nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (subject: BECC) (lina[dot]nikoleris[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)