Action groups (AG) are short-term activities open to all participants in BECC, addressing a particular issue, problem, knowledge gap or opportunity relevant to fulfilling research, education, outreach or societal impact objectives of BECC. In general, AGs and their activities should relate to the scope of aims and objectives outlined in one or more of the documents available.
AGs exist for a limited time during which they act to utilise the expertise, resources and networks of BECC to perform activities culminating in a specific product or result, for example a review paper, synthesis report, database or tool, policy or science brief, conference, seminar or workshop series, stakeholder interaction, funding proposal, or contribution to a national or international assessment. AGs may also support the board or grand challenge themes of BECC by recommending ways of using BECC funding to support new research projects, visiting scientists, recruitments or interactions with stakeholders.
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. AG activities are thus by their nature multi-, inter- or trans-disciplinary in character.
The decision to initiate a new AG is made by the BECC board, based on an application which should normally first be discussed within one or more of the Grand Challenge Themes.
An AG is active 6-12 months from day of decision to end. In exceptional and well motivated cases, based on a new application, extensions or renewal beyond this initial funding period may be considered by the board.
Inter-disciplinary linkages, involvement of stakeholders and joint participation from Lund University and University of Gothenburg as well as initiatives from early-career researchers are particularly encouraged.
AGs must be open to participation by all interested researchers within BECC. A core group with responsibility for coordination and activities may be formed.
Recommended level of funding for AG coordination is 10% coverage of salary plus social costs, including overhead, for 6-12 months.
Recommended level of funding for work to create an AG product (see example list above) is coverage of salary plus social costs, including overhead, for up to 4 months.
An approved AG gets 5000 SEK for general running costs which may be used for meetings, travel to and from meetings and other minor costs such as catering and printing expenses.
Applications to create a new AG, or for renewal/extensions, should be prepared using the AG-application form. At least one of the applicant group must be a PI of BECC. The main applicant need not, however, be a PI.
The AG coordinator is responsible for preparing a report describing activities and outcome of the AG, to be submitted to 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.
Proposals for new action groups can be sent to the board at any time.
Normally, new AG proposals should first be discussed in one or more of BECC’s Grand Challenge Themes.
Decisions to initiate new action groups are taken by the BECC Board.
Application to establish a BECC Action Group
Maximum length: 2 Pages
Applications for renewal/extension of an existing AG must append a report outlining the activities and outcomes of the previous funding period.