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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme

Purpose

The Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme (RKTS) is intended to promote any initiative that specifically serves EASP members from regions where access to scientific information, facilities and/or funding is scarce compared to European standards, or with a background that is underrepresented in social psychological research. The ultimate purpose is establishing (or substantially widening) networks of researchers from underrepresented regions, backgrounds, or focusing on innovative or underrepresented topics or methodologies.

What does the RKTS fund?

Under this scheme, support may be granted for a number of initiatives. For example, initiatives can be built around networking events that include a clearly visible knowledge transfer/training element, or initiatives involving visits from either single researchers or groups.

Funding would support the networking/training event or the visit of the scholar(s), which would involve some form of teaching, interaction or development activities (e.g., lectures, workshops, skills training, consultation meetings) directed at local social psychologists at any career stage, but in which involvement of junior and postgraduate researchers would be encouraged where possible. Funds can also be requested for hiring services to conduct online meetings and/or research assistants required for establishing the network.

Given the nature of this scheme, and the focus on teaching, training and development, the scope of the networking or training event should go be beyond organizing a single meeting and should include measures to ensure program sustainability. For visits of researchers, the period of stay would be expected to run over several days (i.e., it would constitute more than a single colloquium on the visitors’ research, although this could form a welcome part of, or addition to, the program for the visit).

Link to EASP

The grant may also be used to promote the development of local networks among social psychologists within regions that do not have local associations of social psychology. Nevertheless, the link to EASP and its members should be clear (in general, at least 50% of the people who attend EASP conferences/activities should be members). Note also that establishing a network of researchers from both within and outside Europe strengthens the transfer of knowledge component.

Criteria

  • Academic need of the region or regions from which the applicant comes or in support of which the initiative is organized.
  • Academic need of the group, category or background of researchers for, and with whom, the initiative is organized.
  • Level of innovation or necessity to catch up on methods and approaches for the group of researchers targeted.

What information should be included in the proposal?

  • Scientific and organizational merits of the proposal.
  • Sufficient detail of the proposed program of activities should be provided to allow an evaluation of the scientific and educational merits of the proposal and its capacity to realize the intended aims.
  • An estimated timeline for the proposed activities, as well as a list of potential participants with an indication of their EASP membership.

Amount

The grant will vary according to the characteristics of the proposed initiative, but will not exceed € 3500.

Deadlines and Application Procedure

Deadlines for the RKTS grants are: February 28th, May 15th, June 30th and October 31st. Please download and complete the attached PDF form and send it to office@easp.eu.

Additional Requirements

Please see the above application form for a list of requirements. Relevant photo(s) would be appreciated. The report and any photo(s) provided by the applicant will be published on the EASP website, and mentioned in the next EBSP issue.