Action for Sustainable future
What’s it all about?
live in times of multiple crises: for instance, global climate change breaks new records every year, while worldwide biodiversity
is shrinking, the gap between rich and poor becomes wider, and gender equality is still not achieved.
these crises, the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and the University of Applied Arts Vienna have jointly founded the “Action
for Sustainable Future (ASF) hub”. This laboratory for open innovation in science aims at the practical implementation
of sustainable change within society.
To this end, the ASF hub is looking for key projects
that will deal with the Unites Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in different ways. The major societal challenges
of our time – such as resource scarcity, social inequality and global health – cannot be tackled by single scientific disciplines
and through technological solutions alone. Therefore, citizens shall be actively involved in the key projects from the very
beginning and artistic as well as scientific strategies and findings will be combined. The long-term continuation and impact
of the projects after the end of the ASF hub is a clear goal.
To enable citizens with little project
experience to participate in the call for proposals, the submission process for projects is divided into two phases. In a
first step, actors from different societal sectors (e.g. activists, artists, NGOs, representatives from business and administration,
or scientists) are invited to submit their innovative ideas on sustainable development in the form of an idea sketch
(1-3 pages) by June 30, 2021. At a kick-off workshop on July 13/14, applicants will be connected
and we will explore how the ASF hub can support applicants. In the second phase (July – September 2021), applicants
can further develop their idea sketches into project proposals with support from the ASF hub in the form of workshops
and individual consulting. Project proposals (10 pages) can be submitted until September 30, 2021.
Participation in the kick-off workshop or the support programme is not mandatory for a successful submission. Supported projects
will be selected in early November 2021, with the earliest possible project start in December 2021.
amount of project support by the ASF hub is € 500,000 for a maximum of 5 key projects. These projects will be financially
handled by LBG and will receive constant content-related supervision and support from the ASF hub during its overall
duration until December 31, 2023.
supported by the ASF hub have to meet certain selection criteria. These criteria were defined by the Sustainability
Board, taking into account the aims of the ASF hub. The Sustainability Board consists in equal numbers
of members of the University of Applied Arts, members of the UniNEtZ project (Universities and Sustainable Development Goals)
and representatives of civil society organizations. It represents the content-related advisory board of the ASF hub
and is also responsible for project evaluation and selection.
Criteria for key projects
Focus on Sustainability
The supported projects should pursue a holistic approach towards sustainability.
Sustainability is defined by the SDGs and should be incorporated into the projects in several dimensions (e.g. ecological,
economic, social, cultural). Positive and negative interactions as well as contradictions between the SDGs should be considered
and can be addressed within the projects.
actively participate in shaping projects. This can be done, for example, through applications or project consulting by members
from civil society. It is also possible for citizens to contribute important topics and questions to the projects or to participate
in research work. The composition of the project sponsors should be based on the different knowledge and experience of the
participants and enable cooperation on an equal footing. The projects should deal with sustainability issues from a scientific
and artistic perspective and pursue a unifying approach of scientific and artistic strategies.
The project consortia should be diverse. This can become evident, for example, in a balance
between participating institutions (NGOs, associations, universities, etc.) or in diversity in terms of age, origin, gender
or previous experience of the people involved. The projects should be generally accessible to enable broad participation and
involvement of different population groups. Accessibility should be considered on as many levels as possible.
Concrete ideas on how societal impact can be achieved and how it will be ensured
beyond the duration of project should be outlined. Strategies for societal impact can also be further developed during the
supervision of the projects by the ASF hub.
To make the submission
process as accessible as possible and to include smaller initiatives with little project experience, the selection process
is divided into two phases. However, participation in phase 1 and the associated support programme is not mandatory for successful
project development and application.
Phase 1: Submission of idea sketches
phase 1, idea sketches for projects and collaborations can be submitted until June 30, 2021. The idea sketch
can be between 1 to 3 DIN A4 pages (Arial, 12 pt) and should outline the idea for a project that meets the above-mentioned
selection criteria. It is not necessary at this stage to already have cooperation partners.
who submitted project ideas that meet the selection criteria will be invited to a kick-off workshop on July 13/14.
This workshop serves on the one hand to connect applicants with potential cooperation partners and to deepen and further develop
project ideas. On the other hand, the need for support on the part of the applicants will be identified. All potential applicants
can make use of the support programme offered by the ASF hub to refine their project ideas and write project applications.
Phase 2: Submission of Project Proposals
The deadline for completed project proposals is
September 30, 2021.
The project proposal should comprise a maximum of 10 DIN A4 pages (Arial,
12 pt, excluding references), take into account the selection criteria, and include the following elements:
outline, research question and objective of the project in relation to sustainability
- Implementation plan in relation
to the objective as well as involvement and participation opportunities
- List of the different project participants
and explanation of the selection in terms of diversity
- Outline of societal impact
Idea sketches and project proposals (in German or English) should be emailed as PDF files to firstname.lastname@example.org
Evaluation and selection
All submitted applications will first be checked for formal criteria.
All formally valid applications are then evaluated and ranked by members of the Sustainability Board. The final decision
on support rests with the Management Board of the ASF hub, consisting of members of the University of Applied
Arts and the LBG. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than November 2021.
Support programme offered by the asf hub
In order to enable accessibility, the ASF hub
offers a diverse support program for applicants in regard to project submission, project management and project evaluation.
Also, trainings and further education programs on the challenges of cooperating with diverse partners will be offered.
After the deadline for the submission of idea sketches, potential applicants are invited
to a kick-off event, where the ASF hub is presented in more detail, potential cooperation partners get to know each
other, and initial networks can be established.
Support during the application process
are offered support and advice during writing project proposals, for example when it comes to fleshing out project ideas,
sharpening questions, or creating budgets and timetables.
projects will receive individual and joint project coaching from a broad expert network consisting of artists, scientists,
and other people with relevant expertise during their entire duration. This allows sharpening and improving questions or solving
An important goal of the ASF hub
is the interlinking of the key projects. The peer-network enables networking and synergies between the key projects and contributes
to their long-term continuation.
Researchers and experts involved
in the ASF hub have access to various opportunities for capability building and education programmes in relation
to transdisciplinary research, participatory methods, and collaborations between society, science, and the arts.
The homepage and the social media channels of the ASF hub will also
be available to key projects to present themselves broadly during their duration and to be able to publish initial results.
All key projects supported by the ASF hub, as well as the ASF hub
itself, will be continuously evaluated to ensure sustainable societal impact and to create opportunities for shared learning.
further questions contact
Dr. Dorothea Born
Coordinator ASF hub