Call for Proposals for the Service Factory Thematic Groups (22.3.2010)
1.3.2010 Service Factory announces a Call for Proposals for Thematic Groups for all research groups within the Aalto University. The proposals are used to identify a number of thematic areas and groups – both existing and new – that will be supported both functionally and financially.
The selected Service Factory Thematic Groups should:
- produce high quality scientific articles;
- produce relevant knowledge for Finnish economy and society;
- foster networking between the researchers of the Aalto University and practitioners in companies and/or public organizations in the field of service;
- be consistent with the aims and activities of the Aalto Service Factory, e.g., enable interesting events and visibility
In addition, it will be counted as a benefit if the Thematic Group is able to:
- strengthen the synergies within the Aalto university in the multi-disciplinary education and research needed in the service domain;
- be capable to come up with external funding;
- collaborate internationally with the leading researchers and institutions in the field of service research and education.
What’s in it for the Thematic Groups?
For the selected Thematic Groups, Service Factory provides support for networking and collaboration between researchers and companies, visibility within and outside the Aalto University, and seed or additional funding of up to 150-200.000 euros per annum. For continuous support (max 3 years), the results are evaluated annually.
Service Factory will also have physical premises for collaboration, interaction and presenting results. Furthermore, working space for (a limited number of) researchers will be provided.
Relevant thematic areas and topics
All thematic areas from the fields of technology, business and design, related to the research on services are welcome.
Submission of the proposals
The free format proposals (of max 5 pages) including a description of the overall theme, research topics and methods, and future research avenues should be described along with suggestions on the type of functional support that the realization of the proposal requires. In addition, information on the key members, current resources and earlier results should be presented briefly together with a description of planned research collaboration and partnerships. All submissions will be subject to an initial screening, after which additional information is requested from selected groups.
The selection of the most suitable proposals is made by the director of Aalto Service Factory, together with the SF management and the steering group.
The submissions should be emailed to email@example.com by March 19, 2010. The initial screening (and possible request for additional information) takes place by the end of March and the selection process is conducted in April, 2010. The results will be published on April 28, 2010.