Aurora Mini Grants

Universität Innsbruck launches Aurora Mini Grant Program

One of the objectives of Aurora is to intensify scientific cooperation between the partners. The new Aurora Mini Grant Program offers a low-threshold funding opportunity to financially support joint scientific activities with up to EUR 4.000,-.

"I am very pleased that with the Aurora Mini Grants a new instrument for Aurora networking in the has been launched," said Rector Tilmann Märk on the occasion of the start of the program. With funds from the Aurora European Universities Alliance, so-called "Aurora Mini Grants" can now be applied for at the University of Innsbruck, in order to support joint activities between scientists of the Aurora universities in teaching and research.

"The call for proposals is deliberately kept open in order to support individual and tailor-made projects related to the objectives of the alliance. Ideally, these should support mobilities and generate follow-up activities and more sustainable networks between Aurora universities," Rector Märk further explains. "In teaching, this means in particular promoting collaborative or international learning formats that, in addition to relevant subject knowledge, also have a positive influence on the competence development of our graduates ("soft skills" or "future skills"). In the area of research, a special focus lies on the stronger networking of our scientists, to discuss and further develop research topics of common interest and to initiate follow-up activities - for example by developing joint research projects and submitting funding proposals, organizing scientific conferences/meetings/workshops or preparing joint publications."   

Funding criteria and objective 

To apply for an Aurora Mini Grant, a concrete collaboration with scientists from at least one other university of the Aurora universities is required, as well as a thematic connection to one of the thematic Aurora pilot areas ('Sustainability and Climate Change', 'Health and Well-being', 'Digital Society and Global Citizenship', 'Culture: Diversity and Identity', "Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation') as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

In addition, one of the following aspects must be addressed in the application: Promotion of interdisciplinary competencies ("soft skills" or "future skills"), internationalization, interdisciplinarity, interculturality, multilingualism and/or the involvement of external stakeholders.

Applications are now open

A maximum of EUR 4,000 will be awarded per Aurora Mini Grant. All cost categories are eligible for funding, e.g. travel and accommodation expenses, material resources or funds for student employees. All scientists at the University of Innsbruck are eligible to apply.

Applications can be submitted at any time, all further information including application forms for the Aurora Mini Grants can be found on the website of the International Relations Office: Aurora Mobility Staff – Universität Innsbruck (uibk.ac.at)

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