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ECPR Bonus Fund – 2021 allocation

The Executive Committee has agreed the following activities for the 2021 allocation of the Bonus Fund

 

Rising Star Award

To be awarded first in 2021
 

Criteria for eligibility

  • Available to an outstanding PhD student or early career researcher (ECR) considered to be a ‘rising star’ in the field of politics and international relations
  • Must be nominated by an ECPR Member Official Representative (OR) or Head of Department (HoD)
  • Open to affiliates of Full and Associate Member institutions

Prize awarded

  • Free admission to either the Joint Sessions or the General Conference (recipient must submit and present a paper which will be automatically accepted and allocated to the appropriate workshop or panel)
  • Free admission to one of the Methods School (Winter or Summer)
  • Free admission to the Futures Lab
  • All travel and accommodation costs to attend chosen events covered if booked through the ECPR’s preferred travel booking provider

Nomination process and criteria for evaluation

  • The nomination should comprise a letter from the OR of HoD making the case for why their student/ECR is a ‘rising star’ in politics and international relations; and the nominee’s CV sent to funding@ecpr.eu
  • The letter should include clearly demonstrable evidence of the student’s exceptional talent and potential to become a leading light in the discipline through, for example, detail of published work in highly ranked journals or in book form; involvement in the academic community; public engagement and participation in research projects, etc
  • ECPR will review each application on its own merits and the arguments of the submitting OR or HoD 

Timeline

  • Call for applications opens 1 June
  • Deadline for applications 31 July
  • Succesful applicants informed September 
 

Member Active Participation Award

To be awarded first in 2021
 

Criteria for eligibility

  • Available to all Full and Associate Members
  • Awarded to the member institution which has had the highest level of participation in ECPR events within a calendar year, relative to their size
  • Has not received the award before

Prize awarded

  • One year’s free membership

Criteria for evaluation

  • Members do not need to apply for this award; each year ECPR will review the participation of all member institutions across the Winter School, Joint Sessions, Futures Lab, Summer School, and General Conference
  • Participation will be defined to include course attendees, Paper givers, Workshop Directors, Section and Panel Chairs, Instructors, Teaching Assistants and speakers, and Roundtable participants
  • The size of an institution will be determined by the number of active MyECPR accounts in our database (‘active’ being accounts accessed by the user within the past three years)

Timeline

  • Executive Committee will make a decision at its autumn 2020 meeting

 

Research Project Grant

To be awarded first in 2021
 

Criteria for eligibility

  • Available to any Standing Group (SG) or Research Network (RN) of the ECPR working on developing a bid to a major funder for a significant research project
  • SGs or RNs previously successful in receiving this grant are not eligible to apply again within a three-year period

Prize awarded

  • Seed funding to support the development of applications for collaborative research grants across national borders to be submitted to national funding councils, the European Commission or comparable funding bodies supporting research; or applications to develop innovative multinational teaching programmes (eg joint Masters degrees)
  • Funding could be used to support meetings, small workshops or other such activities related to the grant application process
  • The grant will be allocated to the SG/RN’s account and paid out on the basis of either receipts or invoices
  • Any part of the grant unspent at the end of the financial year will be transferred back into ECPR’s general funds
  • On completion of the ECPR-funded activities the SG or RN should submit a full report to the Executive Committee, including the status of the bid application. The SG or RN should also inform the EC on the outcome of the bid and, if successful, keep it updated as to the progress of the project

Application process and criteria for evaluation

Groups should submit an application to funding@ecpr.eu detailing:
  • The focus, objectives and desired outcomes of the project for which they wish to develop a funding bid
  • The name of the funding body, amount to be applied for, details of the timeframe and application process, and any key requirements of the funder
  • The activities they wish to undertake in order to develop their bid, which require ECPR funding
  • Over time, the ECPR may take into consideration criteria such as thematic area/focus of research to ensure representation of the political science community

Timeline

  • Call for applications opens 1 June
  • Deadline for applications 31 July
  • Executive Committee makes decision at its autumn meeting