The University of Exeter and the University of Geneva aspire to be sustainable institutions by realising their aims to be global research leaders, and institutions which create graduates of distinction. Integral to this vision is a dynamic global culture and community of students, staff and alumni involved in the discovery, creation and sharing of new knowledge which has impact that reaches across the world.
To read more about Exeter’s Global Strategy visit the Global Partnerships website, and to read more about Geneva’s international strategic partnerships, please visit Geneva’s International Relations and Partnerships website.
Together, the two universities have launched the joint seed funding programme GenEx in 2018, through which 10 collaborative projects have already been financed. Both universities aim to renew the experience and hereby open submissions for proposals for the 2020-2021 round of GenEx funding.
3. FUNDING DETAILS
4. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
GenEx Grants are available to the whole academic community at Geneva & Exeter. Eligible costs under the grants include:
The following items are not eligible for funding under this scheme:
5. APPLICATION PROCESS
At Exeter, lead applicants should first discuss their application with their College ADG (Associate Dean for Global), and their Head of Department/School (or equivalent) and will need the application approved by their College ADG.
At UNIGE, the lead applicant needs to have a doctoral degree and a work contract at UNIGE covering the entire period of the proposed project. Proposals by doctoral students must be overseen and coordinated by their supervisors or another regular member of faculty.
Each application must have 2 lead applicants, one from each university, to whom funds will be transferred if successful.
Applicants should ensure that activities are planned and scheduled accordingly, so that in the event of an award, activities can be undertaken rapidly. We expect projects to be completed within the stated deadlines above. In order to accommodate travel restrictions imposed by national responses to COVID 19, we have incorporated allowance for costs associated with online delivery of activity, and research assistant costs for research purposes.
Applications should be submitted by midnight (GMT) on Monday 25th January 2021 online through this portal. The application submission page is visible only if you are signed in (if you are reading this page while signed in, click on "dashboard"). If you previously had an account on the unige-cofunds.ch platform, your username is still active, but you need to create a new password at login.
The application includes a short project description (max. 500 words) and 6 questions to answer (max 200 words each) for specifying:
1. The project timeline;
2. The main activities and potential outcomes;
3. The merits and added value of the project;
4. The follow-up activities and collaborations;
5. Other potential funding sources (parallel or subsequent);
6. Whether this is a new or an existing collaboration.
Please note: project evaluation reports will be due within 1 month of the project completion date, with a follow-up evaluation report 18 months later to assess project outcomes (publications, funding outcomes, mobility outcomes etc).
6. ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Applications will be assessed by staff at UNIGE (International Relations and Partnerships) & Exeter (Global Partnerships) to ensure criteria are met, and evaluated by relevant College/Faculty staff at each university.
At Exeter, this will be Associate Deans for Global (ADGs) and by the DVC for External Engagement, Professor Mark Goodwin. At UNIGE, this will be a faculty member and/or Vice-Rector Stéphane Berthet.
They will look for:
§ Evidence of a highly motivated collaborative group/relationship that is keen to take their proposed initiative to the next level;
§ Evidence that initiatives will support a longer-term trajectory towards growing research and student/staff mobility collaboration between Exeter and Geneva, strengthening of institutional ties;
§ Overall merit and added value of the project and its expected outcomes;
§ Adequacy of the budget and proposed timeline to the project goals;
§ Potential to produce tangible outputs and meaningful impact;
§ Potential to leverage subsequent external funds;
Please note that this call is likely to be highly competitive and so it is important that all criteria are addressed in your application.
You should aim to convince the review panel of the value for money versus potential for highly desirable outputs and impact of your project proposal.
8. KEY DATES
Open Call: Monday 24 November 2020
Deadline for application: Monday 25th January 2021
Notification of results: mid- February 2021
Initiatives must be completed by: Tuesday 30th November 2021
Evaluation reports submitted by: Monday13th December 2021
Exeter: Charlotte Elson – Geneva Relationship Manager
T: +44 (0) 1392 726314
Geneva: Nuné Nikoghosyan – Partnerships Manager
T: +41 22 379 80 88