This research and interaction plan structure applies to full applications for SRC funding
Submit the research and interaction plan as a PDF appendix in the Research Council's online services on the tab ‘Research plan’. Read the call text carefully before you start writing the plan. Also, familiarise yourself with the review guidelines and review form.
The research and interaction plan must be no more than 19 pages long. The paper size is A4. The font is Source Sans Pro (font size 12 pt, line spacing 1 and margins 20 mm). All bibliographic references must be added directly into the text, for example as follows: (author(s) year) or [number]. You must not use footnotes. The list of references is part of the research plan and does count towards the length of the plan.
The instructions and structure provided must be followed to ensure the equal treatment of applicants. Please use the headings provided. The application cannot be submitted if the system detects an error in the page configuration or the structure.
- See the How-to guides for the online services on our website for the technical instructions.
The headings must not be changed (use the template)
Full application: page structure of research and interaction plan:
- No more than 2 pages
- Responsible science must be considered comprehensively in the summary
1. Central idea of project and answers to programme questions A–E
- how the project addresses the programme's objectives and programme questions A-E
- what new knowledge will be generated to reach the objectives and how that knowledge will be used
- added value created by the consortium's multi- and transdisciplinary collaboration; justifications for possible changes to consortium composition (if the composition changes: always get in touch with the call's contact person in good time before the call closes)
- aspired societal impact
2. Scientific objectives and their justifications as well as objectives for interaction
- research questions and hypotheses
- previous research around the topic; how the consortium is positioned in relation to the international scientific field
- theoretical background
- methodology behind multidisciplinary collaboration
- expected scientific results and potential for breakthroughs
- objectives for consortium's interaction activities
- publication plan
3. Research implementation, methods and data, listed by work package
- description of work plan (by work package), interlinkages between work packages
- justifications for chosen multidisciplinary approach
- presentation of data and methods that enable the research design
- integration of multidisciplinary methods and results
- description of ethical issues concerning the research topic, methods and data as well as information on possible research permits and pending permit applications.
4. Implementation of interaction
- key actors and knowledge needs with regard to research utilisation
- means, channels and optimal timing of interaction from the perspective of end-users and beneficiaries at various stages of the project
- interaction with the media, including social media.
5. Consortium’s responsibilities and competence as regards scientific and societal impact
- merits and competence of the consortium PI and the WP leaders
- competence as regards combining multidisciplinary methods and results
- management, distribution of work and ensuring collaboration between WPs
- justifications for gender imbalance (if necessary), and means to promote gender equality
- critical points for success, alternative implementation strategies.
6. International collaboration and researcher mobility
- international connections and cooperation
- plan for possible researcher mobility that will support project implementation.
7. Schedule and cost estimate
- schedule for research and interaction activities
- consortium's cost estimate (incl. both funding periods) and cost justifications by type of expenditure
- costs arising from interaction activities.