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Call for the A.G. Leventis Research Innovation Programme on Cyprus 2021

The LSE’s Hellenic Observatory (HO) established a new initiative in 2019, dedicated to innovative research on Cyprus regarding issues of contemporary academic and policy-relevant significance. The new programme is funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation and is based on research calls put out by the HO for projects to be conducted by external researchers. The purpose of the programme is to develop and support high-quality academic and policy-related research and publications within the social sciences on Cyprus. The LSE’s Hellenic Observatory invites for the second year applications from researchers to conduct high-quality and policy relevant research on contemporary Cyprus. Unless otherwise indicated, projects are eligible for consideration from across the social sciences; have either a domestic or external focus; and/or place Cyprus in comparative perspective. Projects should normally have a clear relevance to public policy in Cyprus.

Research Themes & Level of Awards

1. Collaborative Research Project: GBP £20,000 grant (plus up to GBP £5,000 for the LSE Academic) - the project to run for a maximum of 24 months (one award)

Decolonizing the study of Cyprus

Social, economic and political research on Cyprus has often turned to colonial relations as an analytic frame for explaining the island’s political fate and entangled contemporary conflicts. These analyses, and the postcolonialism-inspired discussions they have occasioned, provide fertile ground for revisiting the project of decolonizing Cyprus offered by new perspectives in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to reconsider lingering colonial legacies in normalised political spheres. In this frame, we welcome projects that address the following themes:

  • Racialisation of populations in Cyprus through history and in the present – this may include hitherto silenced populations such as Roma communities and/or racialisation of new citizens and non-citizen residents today
  • Critical comparative reconsiderations of Cyprus’ relations to ‘motherlands’ and Britain in recent years: this may address new developments in the relations between Cypriot communities and polities and Greece and Turkey respectively, including new migration patterns, relations of dependency (political, economic, cultural, institutional etc) and the political economy of decolonisation, or the political landscape of contesting those dependencies in comparative perspective
  • Re-evaluations of racial thinking in official history and/or of the valorisation of oppressive or violent legacies in public art, monuments, or statues 
  • Re-assessments of the interconnections between cultural and economic capital through the island’s colonial history including its relations with other colonial spaces and their legacies today
  • Re-assessments of Cyprus’ economic structure and relations, in view of discussions about decolonisation of the economy (economic monocultures, economic dependencies, repositioning in global value chains, etc)

Proposers are invited to consider the above topics from interdisciplinary and intersectional perspectives.   

Proposed projects should have a maximum duration of 24 months, with a maximum budget of GBP £20,000. An essential requirement is that the project will be delivered in a collaborative fashion, with the applicant team pairing with an LSE-based academic (Assistant Professor equivalent or higher), who will substantially contribute to the project (with a target budget for the LSE component of a maximum of GBP £5,000). The Hellenic Observatory cannot offer advice or mediation in establishing partnerships with LSE academics. Submitted proposals should briefly explain the rationale for the collaboration (synergies, complementarities), any previous history of collaboration across the members of the research team, and the current contact with the LSE staff member. They should also explain in sufficient detail the specific role of each member of the research team (including the LSE academic(s)) in the project. 

2. Small Research Project: GBP £8,000 grant – the project to run for a maximum of 12 months (one award)

Culture Wars

Divisions around ‘culture war’ issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, gender identity, religious exemption, and sex education, have flourished in the United States and have increasingly fuelled socio-political debates in various parts of Europe. Research proposals are invited that place Cyprus within the wider European comparison on issues identified with culture wars. There is no prescribed disciplinary approach or methodology for this project. Applicants should explain the basis of international comparison for Cyprus.

 

Useful Information

Eligibility and Procedure

The projects should result in international research and policy-relevant outputs.

The Call is open to all researchers with a university affiliation, who hold a doctorate (PhD degree) and have at least two (2) years of post-doctoral research experience. This criterion does not apply to the research assistants appointed to the project.

Applications from groups of researchers are also eligible. The Principal Investigator (PI) and lead members must fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Applicants who have previously been awarded funding from the Hellenic Observatory’s research calls cannot reapply in the same academic year that the previous project finished.

Applications are limited to one application per person/group each year.

Eligible costs include salaries, travel, research assistance, impact and knowledge exchange, and publications.

How to Apply

Proposals are invited for projects which would commence in January 2022. These are to be submitted electronically in Word format to Hellenicobservatory.Research@lse.ac.uk.

Please submit proposals of no more than 2,500 words (Calibri font, size 11, justified alignment, 2cm margins, single spaced). Proposals should address the five evaluation criteria laid out in the Selection Process below and should be structured under the following sub-headings:

  • Summary: project title, name of the PI (and other lead researchers together with a structure of the team and the allocation of tasks across its members), start and end dates, total budget figure
  • Research objectives and project outline (including literature review)
  • Methodology
  • Timeline
  • Planned Publications (other than the Policy Brief and the Research Note- see Deliverables below): format, content, publisher, date of submission
  • Impact
  • Annex 1: Personnel (including short biographies). Full CV’s should be attached as separate documents together with a listing of cited references.  The time commitment of each applicant should be clearly shown and justified.
  • Annex 2: Detailed Budget - see Budget below. Please complete the Excel budget template provided.

Budget

The budget should justify the costs identified for the project. Eligible costs include salaries, travel, research assistance, impact and knowledge exchange, and publications, in so far as they can be accepted as essential parts of the proposed research. Overhead costs of up to 15% of the total budget are allowed, but these should be included in the budget (the total budget cannot exceed (1) £8,000 or (2) £20,000 (plus up to £5,000 for the LSE Academic). The selection committee has the right to request additional information regarding budget costs and to award a smaller amount than the one requested or advertised. Awards must be used solely for the purposes set out in the application. An amount of up to 20% of the total budget can be transferred between budget headings without reference to the Hellenic Observatory. Please note that these transfers cannot be between staff and non-staff costs. Requests for budget transfers in excess of this amount should be addressed to the Hellenic Observatory.

Selection Process 

Proposals will be assessed by the Hellenic Observatory and members of its Research Advisory Group according to the following criteria:

  • Originality, significance, rigour and impact of the research
  • Evidence that the individuals involved have the capacity to execute the proposed project and deliver on stated outcomes
  • Contribution towards policy-relevant challenges facing Greece and/or Cyprus
  • Value for money
  • Compatibility of the research with the broader work of the Hellenic Observatory

The Hellenic Observatory and the Research Advisory Group are solely responsible for approving the eligibility of applications and reserve the right to request additional information from the applicants. In all cases, the decisions of the Hellenic Observatory and the Research Advisory Group are final. Correspondence concerning the reasons behind the decisions cannot be entered into.

Deliverables

The successful researcher / research team will be required to provide:

  • Policy Brief: A Policy Brief of 2,000 words (after 6 months where project run is 12 months and after 12 months where project run is 24 months).
  • Final Research Note: A Final Research Note of up to 10,000 words at the end of the project together with a detailed breakdown of all the expenses.
  • Other: Scholarly publications and publications in other outlets, stemming from the research project will be a significant criterion for the evaluation of the applications submitted.

The researcher / or research team will be obliged to give full acknowledgement to the Hellenic Observatory in all publicity and outputs related to the project, copies of which should be sent to the Hellenic Observatory. The Hellenic Observatory also retains the right to publicise a summary of the results, with full acknowledgement to the authors of the research, on its website and in its other publicity outlets.

Award of funds

What happens next?

- A collaboration agreement between LSE and your institution is set up. It is hoped that the agreements will be drawn up and signed by all parties by the beginning of December 2021. The successful applicant(s) must provide a relevant research account in their host institution for the transfer of the grant.

- Funds are transferred in two equal instalments -the first on commencement of the project and the second on completion of the defined deliverables to the satisfaction of the Hellenic Observatory.

Timetable

Application Deadline                 30 September 2021 (23.59 GMT)

Successful Projects advised     November 2021

Contracts drawn up                   November- December 2021

Project Commencement           January 2022

Applications and Enquiries

Proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format to Hellenicobservatory.research@lse.ac.uk by 30 September 2021 (23.59 GMT) and the subject line of the email should read “HO Cyprus Call 2021”. All enquiries should be directed by email to Hellenicobservatory.research@lse.ac.uk.