Seeding, matching and co-funding outside-funded research projects
SPIN hopes to generate more research ambitions than it can finance from its own reserves. An important part of its task will be to help researchers unlock the resources offered by national and international funding organizations. This can be done by helping to improve research proposals tendered to third parties, and (where opportune) by offering matching co-funding for projects partially financed by other organizations.
Financing dedicated research projects
While SPIN seeks to facilitate rather than to take entire research projects into its own financial planning, the possibility is envisaged to finance, in their entirety, two or three particularly promising and deserving research projects for which no subvention from the major funding agencies is forthcoming. These projects will commence in the course of late 2009 and 2010 and will each consist of two or three postdocs and/or PhD students supervised by a team of three to five senior researchers and a central coordinator.
Travel grants and stipends for dedicated research purposes will be available for promising scholars with relevant research plans but lacking an adequate support infrastructure at their home institutions. These stipends are earmarked for activities that mesh with other SPIN initiatives.