Advanced Media Institute (ΑΜΙ) invites (i). Greek speaking researchers, scientists, academics of all levels in the fields of #Communication and #Journalism, but also in fields with broader relation to Social & Political Sciences, as well as Information Technology, and (ii). Greek speaking journalists & Media Professionals, to submit proposals for innovative academic research (“research”) or projects involving content and management production connected to applied research (“project”) in the fields of Contemporary Communication and New Journalism, for evaluation and funding.
PUBLIC INVITATION FOR THE SUBMISSION OF RESEARCH PROPOSALS FOR FINANCING BY THE ADVANCED MEDIA INSTITUTE
- It must be established that each submitted proposal will be completed in full (for all deliverables) in less than 1 year (12 months) as of the signing of the project’s funding. Proposals with timeframes that exceed this 1-year period, will not be taken into account.
- In the event of a proposal made by a research or project team, this should include one (1) Coordinator and maximum three (3) more members.
- Each research or project team and each Co-ordinator have the right to submit and participate with only one (1) proposal. However, a team member can also participate in another research team.
- Priority will be given to proposals that are not already funded.
Advanced Media Institute, reinforcing small and medium scale research in the fields of Communication and Journalism, starting from 2018, will fund one (1) to three (3) research proposals with the total of five thousand Euros (5,000.00€). Depending on AMI’s Scientific Board proposals evaluation, funding can concern one (2), two (2) or (up to) three (3) proposals.
Submission period starts: 28.02.2018
Submission period ends: 30.03.2018 (until 23:55 EET)
Short list announcement 10.04.2018
Scientific Board’s final decision announcement: 15.04.2018
Funded research projects implementation: 1 year from the grant agreement
More information on the proposals submission procedure, at FAQs.
Final funded deliverables will be agreed between the researcher/researchers and AMI, taken into consideration the nature and particularities of each research project.
If the project is finalized before September 2018, its presentation in #AMIRetreat2018, September 27-29 2018, is suggested.
At the end of the submission period, all proposals will be evaluated by the AMI Scientific Board, through a double-blind peer review process. Through this process, a short-list of selected proposals will be compiled. The members of the Board will then convene at a special meeting, where their final decision will be reached.
It should be noted that, during the evaluation stage and prior to the compilation of the short-list, the Scientific Board reserves the right to request that one or more of the submitted proposals be orally presented to members of the Scientific Council (either in a physical place or via videoconference). If any of the proposals requested to appear publicly does not proceed or refrains from presenting then this proposal will be automatically removed from the short list.
Among the key criteria for the evaluation of the proposed research projects are the following:
- Originality of proposed research topic
- Clarity and coherence of research aims and implementation procedures
- Strong theoretical grounding of research questions and objectives
- Robust methodological research protocol
- Effective design of data collection and analysis
- Significance and anticipated outcomes of proposed research project.
Among the key criteria for the evaluation of proposed projects which fall under (ii) above, i.e. content production and management, connected to applied research in the fields of Contemporary Communication and New Journalism (print, radio, film/documentary, digital content) are the following:
- Originality of proposed research/production topic
- Strong sources and theoretical grounding
- Adequacy of the scenario/researched topic, in aesthetic terms and terms of subject-matter
- Solid director’s approach and adequacy of data/story to be recorded
- Artistic and technical competence of the production
- Competent technical processing
- Possibility of teaching the students of the Post-graduate Programme the working/ production methods.
How can I submit a proposal?
Proposals are submitted digitally ONLY, through this webpage and only within the dates specified in the public invitation. The deadline for submission is 23.55 (CET+2) of the closing date.
Is it possible to submit additional documents after the deadline?
No. After the deadline, no additional documents will be accepted.
How will I know that my proposal has been successfully submitted?
After submitting all information requested in the form that you will find in the submission page, you will receive an automated message.
In which languages can I submit my proposal?
All proposals must be submitted in Greek ONLY, but should include an abstract in English. Respectively, the financed research project(s) should be in the Greek language, with an abstract in English.
If the research proposal is submitted by a team, is it necessary to name all its members?
Yes, it is necessary. For every member of the team, a full CV should be attached, plus any other information requested in the submission page.
About the budget, which kinds of expenditure are considered eligible?
All reasonable expenses for the materialization of the project, e.g. fees, transportation, purchase of equipment and office supplies, are considered eligible.
How will the candidates be informed about the results?
The ones who have successfully passed the evaluation phase will receive personal e-mails and the results will also be posted on the AMI webpage on the date mentioned in the public invitation.
Will the passing candidates have to enter into an agreement with the AMI?
Yes. The passing candidates will enter into a grant agreement with the AMI, in which the research project will be described in detail. The date of the agreement will also be deemed as the date of commencement of the financing.
Who will own the copyright of the project and its deliverables or any other outcomes?
The copyright will be shared between the researchers and the AMI.
If a proposal is rejected, can the candidates be advised of its ranking?
No. The AMI will not give any additional information on the internal evaluation procedure of the proposals, apart from the announcement of the results.
Is a candidate allowed to re-submit the same proposal in consecutive years?
Yes, up to three (3) times.
Submission of proposals
Proposals should NOT be longer than five (5) pages, excluding bibliography.
Proposals should include:
- Title, in Greek and English
- Abstract (300 words) referring clearly to the scientific field to which the particular proposal pertains (in Greek and English)
- Analytical description of the proposal (not more than 2.500 words)
- Complete CVs of the applying researcher/producer or of all members of the team, in case of submission by a team
- Clear reference to all issues that may arise involving the ethics of the research. It should be noted that a necessary part of the funding procedure, for all the proposals eventually selected, is the signing by the researcher/-s of an Ethics Statement, which the AMI abides by, for all its research projects/deliverables
- The procedure by which AMI participants will be advised of the processes and tools used.
Proposals should specifically include:
- Their aims and goals
- The reasons why they are original
- Their contribution to the field, to which they pertain
- The scientific, social or financial impact of the end-products
- Their theoretical and methodological background clearly
- Production/materialization plan complete with all timetables (let the annual duration of the projects be reminded at this point)
- List of participants
- Budget (acceptable formats .xls, .xlsx)
- Note: for film/documentary, applicants have to also submit:
- Scenario (in a .pdf file) (for films/documentaries)
- Declaration of the director’s intentions (for films/documentaries)
- Rushes (in DVD or links to other sites, e.g. YouTube, Vimeo etc – for films/documentaries).
Note 1: The theoretical and methodological background, as well as the indicative bibliography, if any, are better mentioned, but do not constitute a restrictive criterion for proposals that fall under (ii) above.
Note 2: Candidates should provide passwords for videos that are protected by a password and make sure that these videos are accessible online until the results of the evaluation are announced.