Euregio Science Fund

Bozen/Bolzano, October 12th, 2017

Euregio Science Fund – 3rd call

>> 3rd call: Guidelines for IPN Interregional Project Networks (PDF)

Target Group

Interregional project networks are research projects in the field of basic research in which scientists and researchers from preferable all three regions Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino co-operate in pursuing a common research goal corresponding to the goals of the EGTC. It is only advisable to apply for such a project if the preferable three parts of the project are closely integrated so that one part could not be carried out without the others1.


  • Development of new ideas in various scientific areas of non-profit scientific research
  • Creating research networks between the 3 regions Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
  • Funding interregional research networks that involve preferable all 3 regions Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino, present an overarching common goal and discuss a collaborative approach
  • Fostering interregional research networks in the main thematic fields of interregional cooperation
  • Support of project networks with a project volume of 250.000 Euro up to 500.000 Euro and a funding period of 24 up to 36 months
  • Increasing international visibility of scientists and researchers from the European Region Tirol-South Tyrol-Trentino
  • Giving to give young scientists and researchers an opportunity to improve their knowledge, professional skills and integration into the scientific community


For Tyrol: Any scientist or researcher working in the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino who possesses the capacity, the infrastructure necessary to carry out the submitted project in Tyrol of based at an Tyrolean research institution as well as the qualifications listed below. Each researcher/scientist can participate as an IPN coordinator or project part leader only in one IPN consortium in the course of the 3rd call.

For South Tyrol and Trentino: Applications for project parts regarding South Tyrol and Trentino may only be submitted by research organisations such as university or research institute, irrespective of its legal status (organised under public or private law) or way of financing. The Research Organisation has to name a scientist or researcher who will lead the project and possesses the following qualifications:

Scientific/Scholarly Demands on the Leaders of the Project Parts

The following criteria are decisive in the assessment of the scientist or researcher's research qualifications and determine whether a review procedure is initiated:

  • Number of publications: The applicant's number of publications should correspond to his/her career to date; however, each applicant must have at least two publications in the five years prior to submission of the application.
  • Independence: The applicant's independent contribution to the publication should be visible. For example, at least one publication listing the applicant as the first author is required in the Life Sciences category.
  • Peer review: The publications must have been subjected to a quality assurance procedure in line with high international standards, meaning that the journals must be listed in the Web of Science, Scopus or the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). In the case of monographs, anthologies or other publication types, the peer-review procedure must be documented on the publisher's website.
  • International publications: In the natural sciences, life sciences and social sciences, the majority of the applicant's publications must be in English; in the humanities, the majority of publications should go beyond German-and Italian speaking countries and be published outside of Austria and Italy; any exceptions must be justified.

Each researcher/scientist can participate as an IPN coordinator or project part leader only in one IPN consortium in the course of the 3rd call.

The partners should nominate an IPN coordinator who then overtakes several tasks in the course of the administration of the funded projects.

IPN Project Description

The scope and content of the IPN research work must be layed out in the IPN project description which is part of the free-form application2 (as explained on p.11-12) and must address the following points:

1     Scientific aspects

  • aims (hypotheses or scientific questions):
  • description of methods;
  • work plan, time plan as well as strategies for dissemination of results explaining which task will be done by each partner;
  • cooperation arrangements (national and international) – clear description of the collaborative approach among the preferable 3 individual project parts (Tyrol, South Tyrol, Trentino) describing the aim to achieve the overarching research question and produce added value
  • Where ethical issues3 have to be considered in the proposed research project

2     Human resources (qualification and potential of the project leaders)

3     Broader effects (for other branches of science, beyond the specific field)

4     Financial aspects (per applicant/research institution Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino)

Any aspects of a research project that go beyond basic research (results of relevance to society, to the environment or to the economy) may be mentioned, although they play no part in the assessment of whether the project should be funded.


A minimum of 24 up to a maximum of 36 months


A total of 250.000 up to 500.000 Euro


All parts of the applications must be submitted in English


Funding decisions are made by the Board of the EGTC European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino based on the funding recommendation taken by the FWF Board and the Scientific Advisory Board of the EGTC European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino; the EGTC basis its funding decision on 2-3 international written reviews. The EGTC will take the decision between October and December 2018.

Call Budget

3,200,000 Euro – based on the size of the projects 9-12 projects will be funded most likely

Time Frame

The call will be open between the 12th of October 2017 and the 28th of February 2018 / 4 pm CET.

Contact EGTC

EGTC European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino / Mag. Matthias Fink,

Tel. +39 0471 402026 / +43 512 508 2350, E-mail:
(reachable by phone from October 20 th, 2017)

Contact FWF

FWF – The Austrian Science Funds / Dr. Sabine Haubenwallner,

Tel:+43-1-5056740-8603, E-mail:
(reachable by phone from October 20th , 2017)



>> 3rd call: Guidelines for IPN Interregional Project Networks (PDF)


>> 3rd call: Application Form (DOC) - updated December 27th, 2017

Please note: Since the Tyrolean applicant does not sign digitally, he should to be the first to sign and send the scanned application form as a document “PDF/A” (immutable) to the South Tyrolean or Trentino project partner who will sign the application digitally.
In any case, the Tyrolean applicant has to send the 2 originally signed hard copies of the affirmation of the Tyrolean applicant (p.8) and of the affirmation of the Tyrolean research institution (p.9) together with a copy of his/her passport or Identity card to the EGTC.

>> 3rd call: Form for cost breakdown (for each individual project part) (XLS)

>> 3rd call: Form for total project costs and comparative cost overview (XLS)

>> 3rd call: Form for project-specific equipment (DOC)

>> Form for transferring existing equipment owned by the FWF to the project (only for Tyrolean partners) (PDF)

>> 3rd call: Form for naming all co-authors (DOC)

>> 3rd call: Form for international cooperation (DOC)

Further information:

>> 3rd call: Check-list for applicants (PDF)

>> 3rd call: Letter to evaluators (PDF)

>> FWF List of scientific dicplines relevant for the project (PDF) (updated on Nov. 5th 2017)

>> Presentation by FWF: Information Workshops Bozen-Bolzano Nov.2nd and Trento Nov. 3rd 2017 (PDF) (update on Nov. 5th 2017)

Please, note that the FWF uses the internationally-renewed Frascati manual to define basic research as an experimental or theoretical work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge about observable phenomena and facts, not directed toward any particular use.


Useful links:

>> How to merge PDFs in one single file - added: Feb.24th 2015


1 For further information see also >> Letter to evaluators (PDF) or information workshop

2 Further details on required content to be addressed in the frame of the project description and formal requirements are described under IPN guidelines / point D on p.11-12

3 For orientation purposes, applicants may wish to review the document "Ethics for researchers" published by the European Commission ( or "The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity" ( In cases of uncertainty, researchers can also contact their more experienced colleagues or the person/department responsible for ethical issues at their respective research institution.

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