Euregio Science Fund

Bozen/Bolzano, June 5th, 2020

Euregio Science Fund – 4th call

>> 4th call: Board of the EGTC Funding decision n.15/2021 (10.08.2021)

>> 4th call: Guidelines for IPN Interregional Project Networks (PDF) (Update 21.09.2020)

Pease note: in order to optimize information regarding the 4th call the EGTC organizes in cooperation with the Austrian Science Fund FWF information webinars. The information webinars are handled by two FWF scientific officers and offer specific information regarding the 4th call:

  • 1 hour general information regarding the FWF and its procedures (evaluation standards)
  • 1 hour explanation of the call guidelines (Frequently asked questions)
  • 1,5 hours for specific questions regarding IPN projects Subject to available places (maximum participants), each information webinar is open for every interested researcher, regardless of his affiliation to a research institution in Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino.

The first information webinars already took place on July 6th and July 7th 2020. Further webinars will be offered end of August/beginning of September 2020. Please contact if you wish to participate at a webinar.

Please note, that with the 4th call of the Euregio Science Fund only Interregional Project Networks IPN with project parts form all three regions (Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino) are admitted to funding.

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 three parts of the project are closely integrated so that one part could not be carried out without the others (see also >>Letter to evaluators).


  • 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 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 4th 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. Each researcher/scientist can participate as an IPN coordinator or project part leader only in one IPN consortium in the course of the 4th call.

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:

  • Peer review: All the publications listed (or more than half in the case of the humanities) must have been subject to a quality assurance procedure in line with high international standards, which usually means that journals should be listed in the Web of Science, Scopus, or the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). For journals not listed in those databases, or monographs, edited volumes or contributions therein, or other publication types, the peer-review procedure must be documented on the publisher’s website to which applicants should provide a link. Should no such documentation be available on the website, it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide evidence that the publication has been subject to an appropriate quality assurance procedure.
  • Number and quality of the applicant’s publications must be commensurate with his/her career stage. At least two publications must be peer-reviewed and internationally visible publications with a substantial and independent contribution on the part of the applicant.
  • International nature: In the natural sciences, life sciences, and social sciences, most of the publications listed must be in English. In the humanities and cultural studies, as well as arts-based research, most of the applicant’s publications must have a wider than national reach.

Each researcher/scientist can participate as an IPN coordinator or project part leader only in one IPN consortium in the course of the 4th 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 application[1] (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 3 individual project parts (Tyrol, South Tyrol, Trentino) describing the aim to achieve the overarching research question and produce added value
  • Where ethical issues[2] and sex-specific and gender–related aspects 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 Expert Group 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 July and September 2021.

Call Budget

3,000,000 Euro – based on the size of the projects 7-10 projects will be funded most likely

Time Frame

The call will be open between the 5th of June 2020 and the 7th of Octobre 2020 / 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:

Contact FWF

FWF – The Austrian Science Funds / Gerit Oberraufner

Tel:+43-1-5056740-8606, E-mail:



>> 4th call: Guidelines for IPN Interregional Project Networks (PDF) (Update  21.09.2020)


>> 4th call: Application Form (DOC)

>> 4th call: Form for cost breakdown (for each individual project part) (XLS)

>> 4th call: Form for total project costs and comparative cost overview (XLS)

>> 4th call: Form for naming all co-authors (DOC)

>> 4th call: Form for international cooperation (DOC)

Further information:

>> 4th call: Check-list for applicants (PDF)

>> 4th call: Letter to evaluators (PDF) (Update: 24.09.2020)

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] 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

[2] 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.

*Update Sept 21st 2020: The Board of the EGTC, with decision n.17/2020, pointed out clearly that each researcher/scientist can participate as an IPN coordinator or project part leader only in one IPN consortium in the course of the 4th call. The guidelines including this precisation were published.

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