The aim of the CAT initiative is to foster networks of excellent early-career researchers dedicated to devise new ideas to understand and to tackle current or emerging societal challenges. Although the programme has a strong focus on the societal relevance of the projects, it is entirely blue-sky, bottom-up and non-thematic. CAT encourages a collaboration with stakeholders outside academia (industry, policymakers, NGOs…) who are willing to support or engage in innovative research initiatives. In order to engage in fruitful discussions and mature their ideas, the groups will be given the opportunity to meet for short stays in different participating institutes, and to be put in contact with their fellows and local research communities. With few guidelines and a very light application process, CAT is designed to maximize the creativity of research groups. This call has been incubated in the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study (NETIAS) and also involves institutes beyond the network. Participating Institutes in the 2020 call:
- IAS CEU, Budapest
- Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem
- Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions, Montpellier
- Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam
- Paris Institute for Advanced Study, Paris
- Scienza Nuova, Torino
- Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
- Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin
- Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld
- Zukunftskolleg, Konstanz
The collaboration between different institutes in different countries aims at giving these groups access to a great variety of high-level thinkers and researchers in order to go beyond the current frontiers of knowledge and to develop highly innovative ideas on how to address very complex societal issues.
Please submit your application documents in English via our Online application portal. Applications should include:
(1) a 300-word abstract;
(2) a 3000-word max text OR a video of 15 min max (please include the web link in the abstract), describing the team’s research question and how it plans to address it;
(3) a brief work plan for meetings and activities with an indicative calendar and duration.
(4) a short description of the team including a CV for each participant and an indication of where they will travel;
(5) letters of support: at least two from academic researchers; additional letters from extra-academic stakeholders outside academia are encouraged.
Questions can be directed to Dr. Daniela Kromrey via e-mail: CAT2020@uni-konstanz.de or by phone: (+ 49 (0)7531 / 88 – 5686). We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents until 1 September 2020, 15:00 CET. Successful applications will be notified in the beginning of December, 2020. Invitations start after 1 January 2021. More information is available online