Call for proposals – CIVIS Label
I. Background and introduction
The European University Alliance CIVIS is launching a call for proposals aimed at selecting valuable initiatives to be rewarded with the CIVIS Label.
The project aims at having a significant impact on our societies’ development, locally and globally.
CIVIS stands for a transnational collaboration of civic universities. Based on the solid and innovative education and scientific activity in each institution, CIVIS will unite efforts and experiences to develop an alliance with strong links to the local, social and geographical environments and an orientation toward global challenges. Based on a culture of collaboration and innovative pedagogies, the Alliance will encourage critical thinking, adaptability and resilience and it will make educational, scientific, and civic resources as open and accessible as possible based on the principles of Open Science and Open Educational Resources in order to share and build knowledge among students, teachers, researchers, and civil society.[GEl1][GS2]
The Alliance’s specific objectives are:
- share a long-term strategy on education, research, and innovation
- create a European inter-university campus
- go beyond existing higher education cooperation models
- improve social inclusiveness and geographical balance
- prepare new generations to future changes
- promote links to territories as tools for openness to the entire society.
The Alliance partners are:
- Aix Marseille Université, France (Coordinator)
- National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
- University of Bucharest, Romania
- Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
- Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
- Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
- Stockholm University, Sweden
- Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.
II. Objective of the CIVIS Label:
The CIVIS Label will constitute a way in which the CIVIS principles can be strengthened and promoted, following and fostering the need to build a sense of CIVIS identity but also the concept of civic engagement.
The need for CIVIS Label is inspired by and consistent with the CIVIS mission statement “to create a truly unique European interuniversity campus where students, academics, researchers and staff will move and collaborate as freely as within their institution of origin. We will develop a deep level of European integration, involving joint learning pathways, development of complementary research facilities and diverse degree pathways”.
The CIVIS Label is therefore intended to contribute to and convey the vision of a “European University as a space for innovative and responsible teaching, research, cultural exchanges and citizen action across Europe and its institutions’’.
Through the CIVIS Label we therefore aim at:
- Providing a reference for excellent higher education and research initiatives linked to civic engagement;
- Strengthening student’s and stakeholders’ involvement in the development of CIVIS, aside of governance bodies;
- Rewarding and thus encouraging different types and forms of collaboration;
- Contributing to the development of the CIVIS project, via fostering the sharing of its principles thanks to rewarded initiatives;
- Stimulating the emergence of standard-setting, high-quality civic initiatives within and beyond the CIVIS Alliance.
Reward for labeled initiatives will be:
- Access to a wider European network of innovators, researchers, students and stakeholders willing to engage with the current societal challenges;
- International visibility & communication products: published on CIVIS website and disseminated through CIVIS communication channels to the universities of the Alliance;
- Recognized quality of the initiative: positive consideration once applying to future call for projects;
- Support to go further in “CIVISing” the initiative. The label is considered as a first-step and there will be support from partner universities will accompany them in the process.
All projects/initiatives rewarded with the CIVIS Label will be eligible for the CIVIS Award, that will be granted to the most valuable proposals during CIVIS Days (September 2021). Winners will be nominated CIVIS Ambassadors and receive a short-term mobility grant to visit one of the CIVIS member-university to develop further their initiative with European colleagues/counterparts/peers/partners.
III. Application and Evaluation Process
Proposals can be submitted by representatives from the 8 CIVIS member universities (including students, lecturers, researchers, administrative staff). The Label is intended for rewarding single initiatives. Institutions (as a whole) cannot be eligible for the CIVIS Label as it is not possible to verify the compliance of all initiatives carried out by an entire organization.
Applications can be submitted by the partner university project managers, by WP leaders, by the local coordinator of the specific initiative applying for the label, by participants to the initiative (students, academic or administrative staff).
Applications can be filled in at any time using the application form online: XXXXX[GS3], including any additional document that might support your application.
Applicants will receive an acknowledgment of the receipt of their application. The evaluation of proposals will be made by the members of the CIVIS Label Evaluation Panel, composed by members of all partner Universities. Application will be evaluated on a regular basis, indicatively each three to four months. The first evaluation of proposals will take place by 31st May.
The evaluation of each proposal will be conducted on the basis of the following set of indicators, each one corresponding to a (maximum) score in points, for a total of 50 points:
- Number of CIVIS partners involved (max 9 points);
- Number of stakeholders/participants involved (max 6 points);
- Involvement of African and Mediterranean partners (max 6 points);
- Innovation (max 6 points);
- Relevance in terms of research (max 6 points);
- Relevance of the proposal, in terms of civic engagement:
- Social and Environmental responsibility (max 6 points);
- Relationship with civic society, private and public sector (max 4 points);
- Contribution to regional development (max 2 points);
- Affinity with CIVIS Challenges (max 5 points):
- Digital and Technological Transformations;
- Cities, Territories, Mobilities;
- Society, Culture, Heritage;
- Climate, Environment, Energy.