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Call for the A.G. Leventis Research Innovation Programme on Cyprus 2020

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 £25,000 grant - the project to run for a maximum of 24 months (one award)

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Cyprus

Cyprus appears to be a success story so far, as the early lockdown and interruption of flights has meant a comparatively low number of COVID-19 related deaths. Nonetheless, in addition to the health impacts of the virus, the pandemic and lockdown have had major effects on business, communities, families, individuals and the state.

We welcome interdisciplinary proposals that address at least two of the following aspects:

1. Bi-communal relations: the consequences of how the two communities have been impacted by COVID-19.

2. Policy delivery: an evaluation of best practices and good governance initiatives in public health, and alternative policy models and strategies for progress in the future.

3. Citizenship: the implications of restrictions on individual freedoms and political participation due to the ‘state of exception’.

4. Economic impacts: the impacts on the island’s tourist- and real estate-led economy

5. Diasporic relations: the impacts on the Cypriot diaspora due to the disproportionate number of deaths among British Cypriots, for example.

An essential requirement is a collaboration with an LSE academic (Assistant Professor equivalent or higher), with a target budget for the LSE component in the area of at least 10% of the total project budget.

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

Precariousness in Cyprus: challenges and implications

Austerity during recent decades in Cyprus has led to the deregulation of labour markets, security and welfare, creating an economic climate of precariousness, and severely affecting quality of life and impacting social mobility opportunities. We invite proposals within different disciplines and methodological approaches that will examine questions of one or more of (1) the impacts of labour insecurity and the ‘normalisation’ of precarity; (2) generational differences in the impacts of precariousness; (3) political participation and social mobilization; and (4) the intersection between class, gender, citizenship/minority belonging, and precariousness.

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 2021. These are to be submitted electronically in Word format to

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.


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) £25,000 or (2) £8,000. 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.


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

  • Policy Brief: A Policy Brief of 2,000 words at the end of the project.
  • Final Research Paper: A Final Research Paper 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 are 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 2020. 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.


Application Deadline                 14 October 2020 (23.59 GMT)

Successful Projects advised      November 2020

Contracts drawn up                    November- December 2020

Project Commencement            January 2021

Applications and Enquiries

*The deadline for applications has now passed*

Proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format to by 14 October 2020 (23.59 GMT) and the subject line of the email should read “HO Cyprus Call 2020”. All enquiries should be directed by email to