Call for proposals 2009

NSI invites research proposal submissions that qualify for co-financing if they contribute to NSI’s mission, and meet NSI criteria.

The NSI focuses on social and organizational innovations to improve the development and use of talent and know-how and ultimately firm performance. NSI believes that this can only be achieved if science, business and social organizations join forces. By focusing research on issues that firms and other organizations face in real life, and by studying these issues with a scientific approach, we will be able to gather knowledge about social innovation processes that are of direct importance to the economy.

NSI has set up four related research programmes.

Education and the social context (coordinator: Prof. Dr. Lex Borghans)
Human resource development in companies (coordinator: Prof. Dr. Andries de Grip)
Business dynamics (coordinator: Prof. Dr. Paul Iske)
Social Innovation in SMEs (coordinator: Dr. Anita van Gils)

We invite you to submit research projects for co-financing by NSI in the context of the four themes mentioned above.

We welcome proposals to cofinance the cost of:
– project-related personnel costs (for example a PhD candidate or postdoctoral student);
– project-related materials, travel and equipment.

NSI will cover up to 50% of the project related personnel cost, and 50% of the project related travel costs (maximum 2,500 Euro). Personnel and travel costs are included in a lump-sum annual budget for a postdoc of 60,000 Euro, for a PhD 45,000 Euro. In addition, project leaders can apply for additional funds to cover up to 50% of the data collection costs (maximum 10.000 Euro). The relevant department will fund the remainder. NSI will particularly encourage research projects with external co-funding.

The project proposals can be submitted by means of a brief description of the project (see Format for proposals NSI). The board of NSI will invite the applicants to further explain the project in a meeting with two members of the NSI Board. The project proposals must be submitted by e-mail to NSI’s secretariat secnsi@maastrichtuniversity.nl at Ferbruary 1, 2010 at the latest.

For any further questions, please contact either myself or one of the other programme coordinators.

Kind regards,
Prof. dr. Andries de Grip
Chair of the Board
NSI