The Weave-UNISONO programme is designed to fund bilateral and trilateral projects carried out by teams from Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium-Flanders and Poland.
Read on to see the results of the Weave-UNISONO call for proposals submitted to the German agency Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in its capacity as the lead agency in 2021.
Prof. Dr hab. Jerzy Bański from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, PAS, will work on a project entitled “Social and Political Consequences of Spatial Inequalities: A Case Study of Central and Eastern Europe”, which represents an important contribution to the current political and scientific debate on the social and political repercussions of spatial inequality. Professor Bański argues that growing regional differences in the European Union pose a major risk to social cohesion, as well as new social and political movements, and act as a source of perceived injustice and marginalisation. The phenomenon contributes to a general sense of dissatisfaction among the residents of regions that are worse off, who often feel “left behind” by economic transformation and neglected by central governments. This, in turn, creates a “geography of discontent”, which will be investigated by Professor Bański within the framework of his Weave-UNISONO grant.
Weave-UNISONO aims to simplify submission and selection procedures for research proposals that bring together researchers from two or three different European countries in any discipline of science. The selection process is based on the Lead Agency Procedure (LAP), under which only one partner institution is responsible for merit-based review.
Under Weave, partner research teams apply in parallel to their relevant domestic institutions. Their joint proposal must include a coherent research plan and clearly spell out the added value of international cooperation.
The Weave-UNISONO call accepts proposals on a rolling basis. Polish teams wishing to partner up with colleagues from Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium-Flanders are encouraged to carefully read the call announcement and submit their funding proposals.