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 2021 call:
- Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus
- CEU Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest
- Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem
-Madrid Institute for Advanced Study, Madrid
- Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions, Montpellier
- Paris Institute for Advanced Study, Paris
- Scienza Nuova, Torino
- Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
- 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 (including references) 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
(5) a PDF file with CVs for each participant and an indication of where they will travel from to the meetings;
(6) 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. Andrey Demidov via e-mail: CAT2021@ceu.edu. We look forward to receiving your complete until 1 September 2021, 15:00 CET. Successful applications will be notified in December 2021. Invitations will be sent in early January 2022. More information is available online