A detailed description of this call with more information about FEC Background, roles of the IPOs, Terms of Reference, Requirements, Selection Criteria, and a template for the Expression of Interest are provided in this link.
For the past three years, FEC has evolved its project office structure into a distributed model, with a lead International Project Office – IPO and multiple supporting project offices. While a certain learning curve was involved, this structure has proven very successful, and we would like to continue with this arrangement and even expand it going forward. Some of the host institutions have decided not to renew their hosting commitments at the end of this three-year period, and we are also seeking to broaden our geographic representation. Thus, we are extending a Call for Expressions of Interest to host Project Offices.
IPO hosts will join an active and engaged team of project offices and be represented on FEC’s Executive Committee, benefiting from international contacts and exposure and the opportunity to actively shape and implement the FEC agenda.
Deadline for Expression of Interest (EoI): 15.10.2021
How to respond to this call for Expressions of Interest
Organisations interested in submitting an Expression of Interest should:
- Introduce the institution (or consortium of institutions in the case of co-hosting partnerships). This can be research institutes, centres, universities, government agencies, or comparable relevant organisations.
- Outline the institution’s capability to deliver an International Project Office.
- Provide a funding plan for necessary staff and operations.
- Provide an official letter of support signed by a legal representative of their institution as part of their application.
Benefits of hosting an FEC – IPO
Key benefits to a host include increased international exposure, opportunities for new collaborative research in the international domain, high-impact scientific publications, and policy relevance.
Role of an IPO
An IPO coordinates and facilitates the implementation of the FEC research strategy and associated activities in accordance with priorities set by the Executive Committee. The distributed IPO network is responsible for the day-to-day management of FEC, ensuring the coordination across research priorities, regions, and projects and liaising with key research users.
Interested parties are encouraged to consult the FEC website and/or contact the current IPO Executive Director Dr. Sebastian Ferse for further details and informal discussions prior to submitting an Expression of Interest.