Researchers’ night fund

The main objective of the Researchers’ night consists of bringing the researchers closer to the large public, allowing for direct exchanges, meetings and interactive activities. It gives the public, and in particular young people, the opportunity to meet researchers within the context of festive and fun activities and to highlight the appeal of pursuing a research career.

The Researchers’ night are organised under the Specific Marie Curie actions within the 7th Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development.

What kind of projects can be funded?

Researchers’ nights regard events of one night duration, all taking place on 24 September 2010
The activities could for example consist of:
– Hands-on experiments conducted by researchers
– Scientific demonstrations realised by researchers with public participation
– Guided visits of labs, research institutions, museum usually closed to the public particularly at night
– “real” scientific experiments to be handled by the public
– Workshops for children (realise a robot, realise a real experiment, help a researcher)
– Competitive activities (scientific quizzes, enigma’s)
– Photos competition (amongst the schools of the area concerned)

Being organised on a Friday night, as most people feel the need to relax and have fun, the activities should have a primary festive character likely to convince “ordinary people” to join and enjoy and use the most relevant communication means therefore;
All activities should imply a direct public involvement, rather than academic lectures and debates and a “fun” aspect should always be present.
Possible interactions between scientific work and other activities (theatre, music films, and literature) can also be taken into consideration.

All proposals should also plan:
European Corner – Each proposal will plan the setting up of a “European corner” aimed at illustrating the European participation in the project and allowing the large public to better understand the European support in favour of research and researchers. Activities organised in the “European corner” can be very diverse: quizzes, competitions, exhibitions, debates, awards and are entirely left up to the applicants.

Who can participate?

Applicants are established in an EU Member State or Associated country in FP7. They can be researchers, research organisations, academia, businesses, public authorities, schools, science museum, parents /teachers associations, organizations, foundations, and the media.

The European Commission intends to fund at least one Researchers’ night per country covered.

– There must be at least one European corner per project; should there be more than one location, a higher number of European corners could be considered an asset;
– Location and activities planned in the European corner(s) have to be described in the proposal itself.
Once selected, applicants will receive:
1. the lay-out of a European map showing all the cities involved in the Researchers’night 2010;
2. the lay-out of a leaflet summarising the main European interventions in favour of research and researchers, in English.
They will have to print the map in large format as to hang it in the “European corner” from which they also will display the leaflets, translated in their own language on the basis of the template provided. Their budget estimates will have to include the costs of these activities, as well as promotional “goodies” marked with the European flag, also to be distributed through the European corner.

Deadline: 13 January 2010

For further information, contact the National Contact Point (NCP) in your country. A list of NCPs available

*  Researchers nights 2010 – presentation
* Euraxess Researchers in motion
* Researchers nights – call for proposals and other documents

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