STELLAR - Second Call for Proposals for Themes Teams
The STELLAR Network of Excellence - THEME TEAMS - SECOND CALL FOR PROPOSALS. Theme Teams are one of the instruments designed to create and/or reinforce synergies at scientific level. Call deadline January, 15th, 2011.
What is STELLAR? STELLAR
is the only Network of Excellence
on TEL (Technology-Enhanced Learning) funded within FP7 with the
unify the diverse TEL community. To achieve this objective, STELLAR
use "integration instruments", designed to increase the research
capacity of European TEL at all levels, including institutions and
within and outside STELLAR. Theme Teams are one of the instruments
create and/or reinforce synergies at scientific level.
What is a "Theme Team"?
Theme Team is a network of mid-career
researchers from different institutions,
whose aim is to explore and analyze collaboratively emerging research
the field of TEL (see below). A Theme Team may be a completely new
created around a specific topic of common interest, or composed of
who have already worked together on a certain issue (e.g. at a workshop
within a longer project). The mission of a Theme Team is to share and
competences, methodologies and ideas already developed. The Teams are a
integrate European research units in the field of TEL, notably
institutions not included in the STELLAR network.
Who can participate in a Theme Team?
Teams are intended to bring together mid-career researchers from inside
the STELLAR Network and to encourage information sharing and discussion
researchers who are interested in the same topics, possibly from
perspectives. Basic requirements for a Theme Team composition are the
- a Theme
Team must be composed of a small number of mid-career researchers
(scholars or post-doc) coming from at least 3 different institutions
- at least
one institution involved must come from outside
STELLAR (but more external institutions are welcome)
- at least
one of the institutions must be a STELLAR partner.
Team will be managed and coordinated by a Theme Team Leader (the
What are the topics?
Team should contribute to accomplishing the major goal of the STELLAR
unify the diverse TEL communities within and outside STELLAR, identify
advance emerging topics, methodologies and technologies in the field of
Theme Teams should locate their topic within the three STELLAR "Grand
information about the STELLAR Grand Challenges, see: http://www.stellarnet.eu/programme/wp1/
the research framework provided by the Grand Challenges, Theme Teams
required to identify one or two research questions around which the
integration will be built. These are expected to contribute to
and/or advancing the community's understanding of issues within the
are encouraged to submit proposals, whose topics are new in respect to
already funded in the first round (see http://www.stellarnet.eu/instruments/theme_teams/).
What is the expected output?
Team is required to plan for some kind of concrete scientific output
evidence of the created synergies/collaboration among the members and
on the identified research questions.
valued outputs include (but are not restricted to): a special issue
edited book, a workshop at an international conference with concrete
(e.g., proceedings), co-authored articles, learning and training
for the STELLAR
Academy or for enterprises, a project proposal, etc.
second round of funding (the present Call), 4 Theme Teams will be
expected budget of each proposed Theme Team being of maximum € 16.000). The Theme Team eligibility period
is 12 months.
applicant should specify how the group is planning to use the budget.
for organization of events (e.g. workshops, meetings, seminars, visits)
may include attendees' travel, attendees' subsistence, event catering,
hire, guest speakers' fees, event marketing, event documents, etc.
will be reimbursed after presentation of invoices.
related to the production of concrete outputs that may include books,
proceedings, other products for result dissemination, creation of
service which are intended to go beyond the Theme Team life span, etc.
section "What is the expected output?"). These costs will be reimbursed
presentation of invoices and approval by the STELLAR Scientific
note that labour is not an eligible cost.
data of the Theme Team (title, participants, contact information, etc.)
summary (including the reason for the proposed Theme Team, a concise
description of the output/results, the innovative character and
relevance in the field of TEL)
of the "theme" (explaining the topic and its relation to the STELLAR
Grand Challenges framework, as well as identifying the research
questions around which the debate will be built)
description of the envisaged output (type of output, how it is related
to the identified research questions, the kind of synergies it is
expected to create/consolidate, etc.)
of the work towards the output (plan of activities)
plan (plans for disseminating the output/results)
and Evaluation (description of concrete instruments to monitor and
evaluate the Theme Team work; i.e. how will you measure integration
among Theme Team members?)
(plan of costs).
proposal should not exceed 5 pages.
Call will be closed on January, 15th,
selection will take place in February 2011 and will be managed by the
Scientific Capacity Committee. Each proposal will be evaluated by at
reviewers (basic requirement for selecting the reviewers will be that
avoiding any conflict of interests between the Theme Team participants
evaluation criteria will include:
and interdisciplinary character of the proposal and relevance in the
field of TEL;
of the plan for the envisioned scientific output and potential impact
of the output;
to the STELLAR Grand Challenges framework and clarity/ appropriateness
of the identified research questions;
composition (interdisciplinarity, level of expertise on the topic,
number of STELLAR and non-STELLAR members, etc.) and kind of synergies
among members the Theme Team will create/consolidate;
of the budget applied for;
of the monitoring and evaluation plans.
By the end
of March 2011 all the applicants will be informed of the results of the
process. The selected Theme Teams will be asked to start up within April
Theme Team lifespan the work carried out by each Team will be monitored
STELLAR Scientific Capacity Committee through questionnaires and
A scientific and financial report will be
due at the end of the work. The Theme Team Leader will be in charge of
collecting data and submitting both the scientific and financial
preferably in PDF format, should follow the schema downloadable at: http://www.itd.cnr.it/download/theme_team_form2.doc.
be submitted to CNR-ITD who has been appointed by the STELLAR Network
the overall Theme Teams process.