This was an open call inviting top-quality research on Cyprus that falls within the interests of the Hellenic Observatory. Submissions related to the following two areas were of preference:
(a) Cyprus and the economic adjustment programme, e.g. the short and long-term impacts on political and economic institutions, continuity and change in the workings of the economy, fiscal performance, banking governance and stability, as well as evaluation of structural reforms that should advise policy making in the future.
(b) Immigration and migrant communities, e.g. evidence on the actual lives of migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus, their daily living and working conditions, how they come to the country, exploitation by their employers and within their communities and networks, and their integration process within the society, the labour market and the educational system.
An essential requirement of this Call was that the project would be delivered in a collaborative fashion, with the applicant team (principal investigator) pairing with an LSE -non Hellenic Observatory- based academic (Assistant Professor equivalent) or higher, who would substantially contribute to the project (with a target contribution in the area of 20-25% of the total project budget). The Hellenic Observatory did not offer advice or mediation in establishing partnerships with LSE academics. Submitted proposals briefly explained 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 also explained in sufficient detail the specific role of each member of the research team (including the LSE academic(s)) in the project.