Networking Projects

CCCA Networking Projects

Objective: to support networking activities of the Austrian research community in the field of climate impact

Submission deadline: 08.01.2016

Earliest possible start: February 2016

Eligible consortia: applicants must be CCCA members, the main applicant must be a HRSM consortium partner institution

Total budget: 30,000 €

Supported Projects

C4Austria – Connecting Climate Change Communicators in Austria

Hans Stötter (UIBK) – project objectives (German only)

approved funding: 10,000 €

co-applicants: BOKU, UBA.

Frontiers in Regional Climate Research (FRECH)

Douglas Maraun (KFU) – project objectives (German only)

approved funding: 10,000 €

co-applicants: ZAMG, BOKU, AIT.

Ö-KryoNet – Network for the Austria-Wide Documentation of Climate Change Impact on the Cryosphere by Reference to Monitoring Glaciers and Permafrost and their Integration in International Programs

Annett Bartsch (ZAMG) – project objectives (German only)

approved funding: 9,500 €

co-applicants: KFU, UIBK, ÖAW, TU Graz.

General information on calls for projects

In the context of the University Structural Funds Ordinance (HRSM), the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) promotes projects concerned with networking activities in the areas of climate research and climate impact research. Proposed projects must support the CCCA objectives; they have to be inter- and/or transdisciplinary and must involve researchers from at least three CCCA member organisations. Non-member organisations can also partake in the networking projects. International project affiliations are of advantage.

It is expressly noted that this programme does not fund to research projects, but exclusively promotes measures and activities which employ networking strategies to strengthen the Austrian research communities in the fields of climate research and climate impact research. We seek proposals for one-year projects (starting no later than six months after funding was granted) at a maximum project volume of 10,000 €. Follow-up applications are possible. Upon project completion, all results derived from the activities must be made available to the Austrian research community via the CCCA website. Further dissemination activities are welcomed.

Formal grant award criteria

  • Language of application is German; however, applications may also be submitted in English.
  • The proposed project contributes to the CCCA objectives.
  • The proposed project is inter- and/or transdisciplinary oriented.
  • The project consortium comprises scientists from at least three CCCA member organisations. The main applicant must be affiliated to a HRSM consortium partner institution (see bottom of this page).
  • Upon project approval, the University of Innsbruck, who manages HRSM-CCCA funding, issues a funding commitment based on the terms and conditions of the call for applications.
  • Maximum funding is €10,000 per project. The granted amount being net funding, any taxes or overheads have to be paid separately by the funding recipient.
  • No later than two months after the end of the project, a detailed financial report – including proof of payments (broken down into personnel costs, non-personnel costs, travel costs, other costs) – must be submitted to the CCCA Coordination Office who will forward the information to the University of Innsbruck. Personnel cost must be comprehensibly verified.
  • In addition, a final project report of no more than three pages must be submitted in the form of a “non-technical summary”, including an outlook. Moreover, a one-page text for the CCCA website must be provided.
  • Project duration may not exceed one year; applications for follow-up projects are possible.

Formal application criteria

Application are subject to the limit of three DIN A4 pages (excl. CVs) and must contain the following information:

  • project tile
  • project objectives / objectives of proposed activities
  • a list and description of the project content, activities, and expected results
  • a list of affiliated CCCA members, external organisations, and researchers involved
  • integration of CCCA operational units (if relevant)
  • project work and time schedule (incl. intended start time)
  • budget plan (list of planned costs, incl. other/additional funding for planned activities)
  • main applicant’s CV (incl. academic activities and publications)

Decision-making procedure

In a two-step process, all applications received are first checked to ensure that they are complete and meet all formal requirements; then applications undergo content evaluation. The latter is conducted by a “Virtual General Assembly”, consisting of a representative from each CCCA member institution. The evaluation is based on two criteria: “the proposal’s inter- and/or transdisciplinarity” and “its impact on the Austrian climate impact research community”. Each member of the “Virtual General Assembly” can award a maximum of ten points. At least seven members must cast a vote to obtain a valid ranking. Moreover, only projects which have been awarded points by at least two members of the “Virtual General Assembly” are considered for funding. Members of the “Virtual General Assembly” must not evaluate proposals submitted by researchers affiliated with their own institution. The CCCA Management Board decides on the allocations of the funds based on the ranking.

List of HRSM/CCCA consortium partners

  • Universität Innsbruck
  • Universität für Bodenkultur
  • Universität Graz
  • Technische Universität Graz
  • Universität Klagenfurt
  • Universität Wien
  • Universität Salzburg
  • AGES
  • alpS GmbH
  • Bundesamt für Wald
  • Climate Change Centre Austria
  • Geologische Bundesanstalt
  • Joanneum Research
  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • Umweltbundesamt
  • WIFO
  • Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik
  • Zentrum für Soziale Innovation