The "Researchers' Night" is a set of Europe-wide evening events that take place every year on a specific date with the main goal to convey the importance of science for the society to the broader public. Institutions applying for funding are supposed to present in their project the daily work of researchers as well as the role of science in society. Science and scientists shall be brought closer to the larger public in order to diminish stereotypes about researchers and their profession, while at the same time encouraging young people to take up a research career.
The events shall focus on the public at large and shall be held in a relaxed and festive atmosphere. Researchers shall be actively involved in the activities offered getting into direct contact with the public.
All events funded within the “Researchers’ Night“ scheme traditionally take place every year on the fourth Friday in September. In 2014 the “Researchers’ Night” will take place on September 26, in 2015 on September 25.
Any legal entity located in an EU Member State or Associated Country may apply for the organisation of a "Researchers' Night" in their country. Collaborations at regional, national or international level are not required but may be constituted if relevant for the project.
Projects will normally receive funding for a period of 2 years and thus be expected to organize two “Researchers’ Nights” overall including preparatory activities, an awareness campaign, the activities during the events as well as an impact assessment period after the event. In exceptional cases, projects of only 12 months duration may also be funded.
The "Researchers' Night" scheme is implemented via a Support Action (SA). The EU-contribution may cover 100% of the direct costs and 25% of the indirect costs. Preference will, however, be given to those projects where a financial contribution of local, regional or national public or private partners exists.
Applications for this scheme must be submitted to the European Commission via the Participant Portal following a Call for Proposals.
"Researcher's Night" in brief:
Type of action: Support Action
Who is qualified: (research) institutions of any kind located in EU Member States or Associated Countries
Activity: European "Night of Science" to promote the role of researchers in society
Duration of the funding: 2 years (1 year in exceptional cases)
What will be funded: Up to 100% of the direct costs and 25% of the direct costs as overheads
Application: One-step online with specific deadlines