Project ID: 1090

Generation Innovation across Europe

Initiator: Stefan Hampl
submitted on: 05.11.2015
Budget: € 40.000
Funding deadline: 15.01.2016
Country/Region: Austria/Vienna
Type Studie
Issue Education & training


Project address

Freudplatz 1
1020 Wien

Sigmund Freud University (SFU) Vienna (Austria), Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) Lviv (Ukraine), Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany), Palacky-University (PU) Olomouc (Czech Republic)
  • Date of planned start: 01.01.2016
  • Date of planned end: 30.11.2016

Brief project description

Empowering Young European Talents!

The innovative goal of this project is to support Europe’s young talents in the field of social and cultural sciences! The team members will be recruited from 4 different European countries, where 4 renowned universities advocate the project: Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Austria), Ukrainian Catholic University Lviv (Ukraine), Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) and Palacky-University Olomouc (Czech Republic).

The future of Europe depends on the next generation. But hardly anyone listens to them—even less so at the Eastern periphery of the continent. We therefore want to support junior researchers in 4 European countries to jointly investigate what is relevant and innovative for their own generation.

In this regard the project will profit from topical research findings at Sigmund Freud University Vienna and at the Franz Vranitzky Chair for European Studies at the University of Vienna.

Talking about my generation...

In preliminary research at Sigmund Freud University (SFU) Vienna we have asked 100 young people to tell us what the future holds for them, what they dream about, what they strive for in life. In terms of their innovative potentials there seem to be large differences between urban and rural areas as well as between Western and Eastern European countries. What might work in one place does not necessarily turn into a success story elsewhere. Through our network of partner universities across Europe (Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine) we would like to investigate the driving innovation factors for young people coming from various social, cultural and national backgrounds.

Proof of project conclusion

The sustainability goal of the project will be assured by the project team's joint application to further European or national funding programs at the end of the project (e.g. ERASMUS+, CEEPUS, FWF- and OeAD-programs, HORIZON 2020 etc.); final project report, publications, final account statement, copies of all bills which were paid with the funds raised through, photo documentation.


Fostering the cooperation of "innovative young researchers" across Europe

Young people today are living in a time of crisis and skepticism that influences their understanding of the past, present and future. We would like to investigate the similarities and differences of young people through the international matrix of our partner universities situated in Austria, (Eastern) Germany, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. By doing so we would like to support the network with regional universities in Lviv, Olomouc, Magdeburg, in order to compensate the competitive disadvantage they usually have in relation to universities located in capital cities. In regard to the proposed research project the individual partners of the consortium are furthermore capable of contributing a wide range of interdisciplinary competencies, such as: e.g. cultural psychology, psychotherapy science and qualitative research methodology (Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna), history and historical anthropology (OvGU Magdeburg), theory of consumer culture and philosophy of art (Palacký-University Olomouc), journalism and psychology (Ukrainian Catholic University Lviv), etc.


Time Line

Jan. 2016: Project Start

Selection of candidates, setting up the consortium, preparing empirical research workshops and workshops regarding European and national funding programs, organizing travel and housing for team members

Feb. 2016: 1st Partner Meeting (Lviv, Ukraine)

Getting to know the group members, research workshop and preparation of empirical research; presentation of European and national research funds

Feb-Apr. 2016: Research Phase 1

field research and group discussions at the four project locations

Apr. 2016: 2nd Partner Meeting (Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Presentation of preliminary results & joint data analysis workshop, discussion of sampling strategy for research phase 2; discussion of intervention and dissemination measures; discussion of options for applying to further national or European research funding programmes

Apr.-Jul. 2016: Research Phase 2

Data analysis and strategic collection of further data; preparation of applications for further research funding programs

Jul. 2016: 3rd Partner Meeting (Magdeburg, Germany)

Aim: Comparative data analysis of results; planning of joint intervention and dissemination strategies, planning of final project presentation

Nov. 2016 Final Presentation (Vienna, Austria) / Project End



Society as a whole will benefit from the innovative potential set free by young people that are 1) better educated, 2) culturally sensitive, and 3) capable of jointly working together within international and interdisciplinary projects. This project further fosters the exchange of knowledge and experience within the partner institutions and different countries within Europe.

Beneficiaries of the project are also the institutional partners, who will receive an improvement of their research capacities as well as the young researchers themselves, who will be given the unique opportunity to can realize their own work perspectives within basic and applied research.

Sustainability & Outcome

The major goal of this Call4Europe project is to make optimal use of the provided funds. We will form a strategic European partnership amongst the “innovative young researchers” (and their universities), that enables them to jointly qualify for the application of further European funds. Hence, substantially the project outcome will be an application to one of the more substantial funding programmes (e.g. ERASMUS+, CEEPUS, FWF- and OeAD-programs, HORIZON 2020 etc.). In terms of sustainability we expect that this will help the young members of the project team to take the next step up the innovation ladder.


  • Total budget
    € 36.417,-
  • - Own resources
    € 0,-
  • Raise donations
    € 36.417,-
  • + Handling fee
    € 3.583,-
  • Target budget
    € 40.000,-
  • partial amount A (will be transferred if financing was successful)
    € 20.000,-
  • Delivery date interim report
  • partial amount B (will be transferred after receipt of the interim report)
    € 10.000,-
  • Delivery date final report
  • partial amount C (will be transferred after receipt of the complete project conclusion report; at least 10 % of the target budget)
    € 6.417,-
  • Project risks
    loss of project coordinator or project members. in such a case the universities involved would supply replacements for the research team; delay of the project due to external factors/force majeure.
  • Budget planning
    Appr. 80% of the budget will be used for funding innovative young researchers from Austria, Ukraine, (Eastern) Germany and the Czech Republic.
    Appr. 15% of the budget will be used for travel, subsistence and other project related costs.
    Appr. 5% of the budget will be used for coordination & organization of the project.




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