Concerted Research Actions (4 to 6 year projects)

GOAs are ambitious projects with a highly concertated nature in which each promoter provides expertise that is essential for the realization of the proposal. At the same time, the promoters must be complementary to each other and/or mutually reinforcing and they need each other to be able to carry out the project in synergy. This synergy is indispensable to answer the research question and to achieve the intended scientific breakthroughs. Earlier collaboration between the members of the consortium can be an added value but is not necessary. A GOA consortium consists of at least two members. This call is specifically intended for ZAP (in the role of Spokesperson or Promoter) with considerable experience in leading a research team and supervising PhD’s, if desired in combination with promising postdoctoral researchers (in the role of Promoter or Co-promoter) with great potential.

Duration and starting date

The projects start on 1 January 2021 at the earliest and last minimum 4 to maximum 6 years.

Who can apply?

Attention: the following conditions apply for the Spokesperson, Promoters and Co-promoters:

  • Spokesperson

Who? Members of Ghent University ZAP (professorial staff) (no guest professors, no postdoctoral researchers).

Retirement? The Spokesperson’s retirement cannot start during the GOA project.

Can be holder of GOA budget? Yes, but not compulsory.

Consequences for applying for other BOF funding if the GOA is granted: the Spokesperson (with or without budget) cannot apply for BOF 2-4 year projects or Interdisciplinary research projects unless the GOA project is in its (second) last year. When applying for a new GOA, the Spokesperson (with or without budget) must take into account that the last year of the finishing GOA and the first year of the new GOA may overlap for maximum one calendar year.

  • Promoter

Who?

1)  members of Ghent University ZAP

2)  visiting professors with at least a research assignment

3)  senior assistants, senior lectors, assistant professors, associate professors, full professors or senior full professors within the integration framework at UGent who hold a PhD degree

4)  scientific personnel at Ghent University in a statute that requires a PhD degree (for example postdoctoral research staff, postdoctoral assistant, postdoctoral assistants with a research assignment,…) as well as FWO postdoctoral researchers with Ghent University as host institution

5)  postdoctoral researchers financed by external funding with Ghent University as host institution and postdoctoral researchers with an appointment as researcher at the University Hospital, VIB Gent, IMEC Gent and/or Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School or at one of the University Colleges (“hogescholen”) from the Ghent University Association

Retirement? The retirement of a Promoter can start during the GOA but the application needs to contain an explanation of how the expertise that is at risk will be guaranteed for the remainder of the GOA.

Can be holder of GOA budget? Categories 1 to 4 included: yes, but not compulsory. Category 5: no.

Consequences for applying for other BOF funding if the GOA is granted: the Promoter (with or without budget) cannot apply for BOF 2-4 year projects or Interdisciplinary research projects unless the GOA project is in its (second) last year. When applying for a new GOA, the Promoter (with or without budget) must take into account that the last year of the finishing GOA and the first year of the new GOA may overlap for maximum one calendar year.

  • Co-promoter

Who? Only categories 4 and 5 mentioned under ‘Promoter’.

Can be holder of GOA budget? No.

Consequences for applying for other BOF funding if the GOA is granted: there are no restrictions on applying for other BOF funding . When applying for a new GOA, the Co-promoter  must take into account that the last year of the finishing GOA and the first year of the new GOA may overlap for maximum one calendar year.

Who is excluded from participating in the new GOA call?

  • Holders of Methusalem funding
  • Spokespersons, Promoters and Co-promoters of running GOA projects, unless the last year of the running GOA project is 2021 or earlier.
  • One can submit only one application as Spokesperson, Promoter of Co-promoter in the same GOA call. Participation in a second GOA application is only allowed as involved researcher with a limited contribution to the project.

How to apply?

The selection of the GOA projects is a 2-step process. First, the consortium has to submit a short project proposal either in Dutch or English as desired. Then, if the short project proposal is selected by the Research Council, the consortium has at least one month at its disposal for writing and submitting a definitive, elaborated project proposal.  The elaborated project proposal  must be written in English.

The proposals have to be electronically submitted via BOFapplication@ugent.be

Funding

Through a GOA, funding can be acquired for personnel (research staff, doctoral students, administrative and technical staff), and/or operational costs, and/or equipment, and/or sub-contracting. The total budget for a GOA amounts to a minimum of € 150.000 per year.

Deadline

  • Deadline GOA short project proposals: 17 December 2019 at 23:59 (Belgian time)
  • Deadline GOA elaborated project proposals: 6 May 2020 at 23:59 (Belgian time)

Results

Preselection: Research Council of 25 March 2020; results online from 26 March 2020

Final selection: Research Council of 30 September 2020; results online from 1 October 2020

See: https://www.ugent.be/en/research/funding/bof/results/overview.htm

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