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.

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Duration and starting date

  • Period: 4 to 6 years
  • Funding: Minimum budget of € 150.000/year. Funding can be acquired for personnel, operational costs, equipment, and/or sub-contracting.
  • Results online: preselection 26 March 2020 - end selection 1 October 2020
  • Start project: 1 January 2021
  • Deadline: short project proposals 17 December 2019 - elaborated proposals 6 May 2020
  • End selection presentations: 30 September 2020

Specifications

  • GOAs are research projects with a duration of four to six years of which the scientific excellence can be demonstrated on the basis of objective data – more specifically on the basis of publications and other indicators that show the scientific quality of the researchers in question. 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 can be interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary but this is not a must. This means that researchers from the same department can jointly apply for a GOA, provided this GOA has a concerted nature as described above;
  • 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.

Who can apply?

A GOA consortium has to consist of one Spokesperson and at least one additional (Co-)Promoter.

Attention: specific conditions apply for the Spokesperson, Promoter(s) and Co-promoter(s).

Take a look at the different roles within a GOA consortium

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.

Evaluation

The selection of the GOA projects is a 2-step process.

Short proposal

  • Can be in Dutch or English
  • The evaluation is carried out by the Research Council and the scientific committees of the Research Council
  • Deadline: 17 December 2019, 23:59

Elaborated proposal

  • 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
  • Must be written in English
  • Contains an update of the short proposal, the project description can be elaborated to 12 pages and an English summary of 1 page must be added
  • Referees: the elaborated project proposals are  presented for advice to at least three experts (referees) who are not connected to Ghent University
  • Presentation: the consortia of the elaborated project proposals will be invited to bring an oral presentation of their proposal to the Research Council  and a Q&A session. Presentations will take place on 30 September 2020.
  • Deadline : 6 May 2020, 23:59

Criteria for evaluation

The criteria that are used for the evaluation are:

  • the scientific excellence of the consortium
  • the concertated, synergetic nature of the consortium and the project
  • the scientific value, the approach, innovativity and feasibility of the project

How to apply?

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

Apply for a GOA

Information on DMP

Information on project proposal

information on requested budget

Results

  • Preselection: results online 26 March 2020
  • Final selection: results online 1 October 2020

Scientific report

  • End report: Within one year after the end of the project a scientific report, signed by the promoters, has to be sent electronically to BOFapplication@UGent.be. The (co-)promoters are included in the e-mail, either as sender or in copy.
  • Intermediate report: When applying for a new, connecting GOA during the (second) last year of a running GOA or after a recently finished GOA, and this new GOA is a continuation of the research of the former GOA, the application should be accompanied by a report summarizing the results so far of the former GOA. If such a report is submitted together with the short project proposal, no other reports have to be submitted later on.

The form for the end report and the intermediate report is the same. 

Start scientific end/ intermediate report

Contact

Research Department
Research Co-ordination Office - Special Research Fund

Doreen Rogier

E BOF@ugent.be
T 09 264 30 27

More information?

The entire call and application form can also be downloaded