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 Group (AG) addresses a particular issue, problem, knowledge gap or opportunity relevant to fulfilling research and/or societal impact objectives of BECC. The action in focus should facilitate development of novel research directions, increase the use of BECC research to inform societal decisions and develop collaboration with stakeholders, and/or increase the use of BECC research in education, but is not a mechanism to fund research projects. 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.
AGs 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 concrete action or product that serve to further BECC development, such as a synthesis report, database or tool, funding proposal, research paper or contribution to a national or international assessment.
• They clearly benefit from the participation 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. Applicants are encourage to anchor the AG in BECC research themes before submission. The decision to fund a new proposed AG is made by the BECC board. It is not possible to apply for funding to extend the time of an AG.
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 to carry out defined tasks. The maximum total amount to be applied for is 300,000 SEK with a maximum contribution from the University of Gothenburg 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 submitted to the board twice per year; before 1 May and before 1 December, after which 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 contribute information to internal and external communication activities such as the BECC website, newsletter and annual meeting.