Call for Proposals: OSL Research Incubator

About OSL Research Incubator

At OSL, we know that traditional funding schemes do not always meet the current needs of researchers. In this regard, we have decided to create a new blue-sky science annual call that will foster and promote research that is not oriented toward immediate output nor driven toward creating a monetary return. The best example that illustrates why blue-sky science is important is found in the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, which was conceived as a project with no clear goal but established under the principles of free scientific inquiry. Likewise, scaled to our OSL community, we aim to provide a similar open space for exploration and experimentation within the boundaries of our institutional mission and actual capacities. 


What does the OSL Research Incubator include?

  • 5000 euros budget to spend on expert meetings and joint blue-sky science activities (i.e., travel and accommodation expenses, research support, etc.)
  • OSL support for logistics / organization
  • OSL promotion of the Research Incubator events, meetings and projects


Who can apply?

Groups between 5 minimum to 10 maximum OSL members (staff and students) are eligible. Proposals should comprise a good balance between staff and student members; inter-faculty and internationally oriented groups will be prioritized. The Research Incubator will have a life-span of 12 months maximum. The group will have to produce a research incubator log memo (free form) which must be submitted to upon completion of the life-span, reflecting the activities and work-in-progress developed at the Research Incubator.


How to apply?

If you are interested in applying for this scheme, please submit your application comprising the following information:


  • Research Incubator Title
  • 5 Keywords
  • OSL Students and Staff Members Participating (affiliation and email)
  • 400-word max letter of motivation and rationale for applying to the Research Incubator scheme


Deadline for submission

30 January 2023 at 14:00 via