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CEEI Research Fund

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26.05.2017

We are happy to announce that the TLU Centre of Excellence in Educational Innovation (CEEI) Research Fund has been launched! This size of the CEEI Research Fund is around €164,400 annually (during 2017-2021). The Fund is currently aimed towards supporting the following activities:

  1. Visiting Researcher positions – recurring deadlines for applications are on 15 June, 15 September, 15 December, and 15 March
  2. Other research related activities (including Living Labs) – recurring deadlines for applications are on 15 June, 15 September, 15 December, and 15 March

Applications can be submitted by TLU staff and TLU PhD students, with their supervisors’ support.

Most projects funded by the CEEI Research Fund activities take place as part of activity A5 of the project “TU TEE - Tallinn University as a promoter of intelligent lifestyle” (No 2014-2020.4.01.16-0033).

Background

In 2015 the Center of Excellence in Educational Innovation (CEEI) was established in Tallinn University.  The aim of CEEI is to facilitate the seeking of new ways for driving evidence-based educational innovation in schools, universities and the workplaces. The research conducted at CEEI will take a broad approach on institutional change, teacher training, new learning environments and practices and learner capabilities.

The work at CEEI will be conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers and PhD students at TLU mainly from the areas of educational science, psychology, digital technologies and natural sciences. The center is complemented by a wider international network of members and stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds relating to educational innovation.

The CEEI goal is also to suggest a new way of doing educational research which is rooted in educational theory and practice and is enabled by a systematic data-driven approach (learning analytics).

Aims

Applications for funding are accepted for projects and activities that support any of the CEEI’s research units, or help in establishing a new unit. The existing research units are:

Institutional Change and Innovation

1)    Measurement and Institutional Assessment

2)    Living Labs for Educational Innovation

New Learning Environments

3)    Sharing Innovative Learning Scenarios

4)    STEM education outside the classroom

5)    Informal and Workplace Learning    

Teachers and Trainers as Facilitators of Learning

6)    Teacher Professionalization and Workplace Learning

7)    Teacher Competence and Curriculum Development

Learner Interaction and Cognition

8)    Inclusive Education

The purpose of the applied projects should be to strengthen one of the emergent areas of research or help establish one that becomes strategic priorities. The projects should increase the chances for applying for research grants, increase international networks and increase visibility for CEEI and TLU.

Supported Activities

Visiting Researchers

Beginning from autumn 2017, CEEI funding is available for Visiting Researcher positions:

  • Duration of stay 1-3 months;
  • Pays for salary costs;
  • Purpose is to strengthen basis for applying for research grants, increasing international cooperation by benefiting from wider network of the visiting researcher, increasing visibility.

Visiting Researcher positions are funded as part of activity A5 of the project “TU TEE - Tallinn University as a promoter of intelligent lifestyle” (No 2014-2020.4.01.16-0033

How to apply?

To apply for a Visiting Researcher position, please submit your application via the online application form, and send a written agreement from the potential Visiting Researcher via e-mail to ulla.kask....at....tlu.ee.

Applications for Visiting Researcher positions for 2017 will be accepted for the following recurring deadlines: 15 June, 15 September, 15 December, 15 March. Applications will be reviewed by the HUT Board shortly after each deadline, and applicants will be notified of the results within a maximum of 4 weeks following the deadline.

Other research related activities

Submissions are also accepted for many other types of activities, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Living Lab pilot projects*: Costs (except staff salaries) relating to launching a Living Lab pilot project.
  • Organising national and international seminars, workshops and other research and development events: Seminars should be supporting grant applications and building international networks.
  • Supporting research of doctoral students via stipends: Can also be applied for in cases where a project that was supporting the student is running out. Topic should be connected to the strategic areas of CEEI.
  • Other types of support for preparing new project applications or for running projects (e.g. covering self-financing): Project Applications can be supported by organizing events or travelling to meetings where project consortia are forming, or by paying supportive services (paying half the amount of such services).

Please note that staff salaries are not eligible costs.

There is no set limit for the amount that you can apply for, however please note that currently the total annual budget for other research related activities is around €36,000.

How to apply?

To apply, please submit your application via the online application form.

Applications for other research related activities will be accepted for the following recurring deadlines: 15 June, 15 September, 15 December, 15 March. Applications will be reviewed by the HUT Board shortly after each deadline, and applicants will be notified of the results within a maximum of 4 weeks following the deadline.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

More detailed information about the procedures of applying for funding can be found in the CEEI Research Fund Statute.

If you have any questions about the HUT Research Fund or would like to discuss your application prior to submission, please contact CEEI Coordinator Ulla Kask at ulla.kask....at....tlu.ee

* Note for application for Living Labs pilot projects

When describing your project in the application form, be sure to address how your project fits with the CEEI Living Labs criteria, including:

  • A change that leads to new practices

          What is the change you propose?

  • Positive impact on stakeholders (students, teachers, school leaders, researchers, society)

          List all stakeholders and how you plan to involve them. What impact will this have on each?

  • Evidence-based

          How will you collect data and evidence?

  • Sustainable change

          What needs to be in place to make it sustainable?

  • Scalable change

          What needs to be in place to scale up?

What is a Living Lab in Educational Innovation?

A Living Lab for Educational Innovation is a sociotechnical infrastructure that involves all relevant stakeholders (teachers, researchers, students, school leaders…) in an iterative and research-guided co-creation process to change practices in education in a sustainable way and to establish evidence for their effectiveness. This is often built around local and trusted relationships that are then used to scale up.

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