Call for proposals 2011

Call for project proposals: NSI

The Network Social Innovation (NSI) enables organisations to leverage knowledge about social innovation to improve their performance. Social innovations are new practices that lead to improved development and utilisation of people’s competences, or organisational renewals, both resulting in increased performance. NSI initiates, executes and facilitates high-quality scientific research on social innovation through, amongst others developing and stimulating contacts between organisations and researchers, and stimulating multidisciplinary collaboration.

Call for project proposals
NSI invites colleagues of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) to submit research project proposals qualifying for co-financing, that contribute to NSI’ aims and meet NSI criteria.

Research project proposals should be relevant to one or more of the four research programmes of NSI:

  • Education and the social context
  • Human resource development in companies
  • Business dynamics
  • Social Innovation in SMEs

For more details on these themes, including examples of research topics and current research projects, visit the NSI website.

The call is open for project proposals that meet the following criteria:

  1. Projects should include cooperation with the business world or other organisations;
  2. Applicants should be affiliated with SBE.
  3. Project proposals should supply information about how much funding is needed for the proposed research project, which part will be paid for by others and how much funding is needed from NSI.
    Reference point is that 50% of project-related costs will be funded by external parties. Deviations from this criterion have to be thoroughly motivated.
  4. NSI’s funding should be used for project-related personnel costs (for example a postdoctoral researcher) for a period of one or more years, or project-related materials, travelling and equipment.
    Also projects that do not result in new recruitments, but are carried out by current academic staff will be considered. In addition, only costs incurred by SBE are eligible for co-financing.
  5. The project proposals need extensive elaborations. They should be structured in line with  the Format for proposals NSI 2011.

Projects, in which researchers from different backgrounds (e.g. SBE departments, UM schools or faculties, or other Knowledge Institutes) cooperate, and projects with a focus on organisations within the Province of Limburg, have a greater chance of acceptance.

Next to its eligibility, each project will be evaluated by two board members on criteria such as scientific quality, academic and practical relevance, quality of the collaboration and feasibility. Therefore the board of NSI will invite the applicants to further explain the project in a meeting with these board members.

The deadline for submitting project proposals is December 5th 2011.

Contact and Information
The project proposals can be submitted by e-mail to NSI’s secretariat:

For general questions, contact the operations manager of NSI, Thomas Thijssens:

For any further questions relating to content, please contact the coordinator of the relevant research theme.