FASoS Valorisation Prize: submit your project or nominate a colleague

Have you, or your colleagues, engaged in sharing results of your research with civil society organisations, cultural heritage institutions, local, national or international policy makers? If so, then you could be eligible for the 2020 FASoS Valorisation Prize.

Submit your application/nomination to the Research Support Office by Friday 26 March 2021 (research-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl).

For more information, please contact Kim van Honk.

Eligibility criteria

You (or the nominee) must be a FASoS staff member to be eligible. Teams must comprise at least one FASoS staff member.

Projects must demonstrate that they build on existing research at FASoS and that they have created demonstrable societal value. The prize is not restricted to any specific form of valorisation activity. Rather, it aims to celebrate and support the diversity of valorisation activities at FASoS. Creative adaptations to research dissemination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are therefore also welcome.

This year there will be two prizes: one decided by the Valorisation Prize Committee and one by Public Vote.

  • The selection committee will assess, inter alia, the originality and creativity of valorisation activities, the evidence of successful knowledge transfer and the societal impact of activities, and the way in which research and valorisation activities are linked.
  • Information on how to participate in the public vote will be shared in the FASoS Weekly in April.

The prizes (€1,000 each) will go into the personal budget of the FASoS staff member(s). The prizes will be awarded at the faculty’s annual Research Day.

How to apply

The application template is provided as guidance. Applicants are encouraged to address the evaluation criteria by submitting atypical, interactive, and/or multimodal supporting documentation.

If you would like to nominate a colleague, provide the name of the colleague(s) and a short paragraph describing their project to the Research Policy Officer. She will contact your nominee for the necessary information.

What is Valorisation?

Valorisation or ‘valorisatie’ is a term used to describe the contribution which research adds to society, and the process of delivering this contribution. It covers many forms of societal engagement, such as appearances in the media, engaging in public debate, collaborating with civil society or cultural organisations, providing consultancy services, or helping with the broader processes of discussion and self-reflection in society. Valorisation can happen on different levels (local, regional, national and international), with diverse partners and communities, and in different formats (workshops, stakeholder seminars, websites, etc.). Valorisation is increasingly valued in Dutch and European science policies, and has become a criterion for evaluating research proposals in some funding schemes. It is sometimes defined as impact. The FASoS Valorisation Prize aims to showcase the diversity of exemplary valorisation practices at the faculty.

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