Ideas Lab

Eligibility of applicants

Q1: Am I eligible to apply for the Ideas Lab, if my PhD has been awarded more than 8 years prior to January, 1st?

A1: The effective elapsed time since the award of the PhD is taken into consideration for eligibility can be in reduced the following circumstances provided they started before the call deadline: a) maternity and paternity leave, and b) long-term illness, clinical training or national service.

Q2: Am I eligible to apply, if I have not been awarded with a PhD?

A2: Yes, experienced researchers can apply, if you have your doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.

Q3: Why early career researchers (only up to 8 years post doc)?

A3: We would like to encourage young research to establish a research groups. Additionally, independent research with a permanent position might not move to Austria as Principle Investigator. They may join the research group as a Co-Investigator or collaborate on a later stage.

Q4: Am I still eligible to apply if I cannot participate in the last day of the Ideas Lab?

A4: You need to participate in all Ideas Lab days from 24-28 May 2017, 100% presence is needed.

Q5:Can I apply as a PhD Candidate during the last stage of the PhD?

A5: If you have 4 years of full-time research experience, you are eligible to apply.

Host institution

Q1: Do I need an affiliation of a host institution before applying?

A1: The Research Groups will be hosted by Austrian research organisations, if you have already been in contact with a potential host institution, please indicate. We would like to stress, however, that this is not a prerequisite for a successful application.

Q2: Is employment at LBI for the PI obligatory?

A2: It is foreseen that PIs will receive a full-time (or less depending on their time commitment) contract from LBG. PIs will be located in Austria..

Q3: If I have a first affiliated at my host university, can I take the role as PI?

A3: If you have an affiliation at a foreign university, and are selected as a PI for the Research Groups, you will be employed at LBG and receive a new affiliation of an Austrian university. If you like to remain at your current host university, please apply as a Co-Investigator.

Q4: What Austrian´s Universities are involved and what is their role?

A4: These discussions are still on-going. Soon results will be presented.

Q5: Will be the co-investigators payed by their own institutions or with the research funds?

A5: Co-Investigators will receive part of the research funding equivalent to their time commitment.

Application form

Q1: What percentage of their time would a CoI be expected to commit to the research groups?

A1: This depends on the individual, what s/he can commit. This also might differ from discipline to discipline. There is no set number for this. It has to be a meaningful contribution. The CoI can be located at any national and international university or organisation. Please indicate how much time you will be likely to devote to the research groups in the online application form.

Q2: Do I need to submit a CV and publications list?

A2: You do not need to submit a CV or publication list. The assessment criteria to participate in the Ideas Lab will be focus on team work and expertise. You may explain your expertise in Section 1 “Expertise for Ideas Lab” in the online application form. 

Q3: Can I apply for both PI and CoI?

A3: No, you have to decide whether to apply as a PI (major time commitment, employment at LBG) or CoI (minor time commitment, remain at host institution).

Q4: Section 2 “How would you explain your area of interest to individuals with different expertise to your own?” of the application form, does "area of interest" refer to my area of interest or expertise in general?

A4: It refers to your area of interest. Your expertise will be asked in Section 1 “Expertise for Ideas Lab”. 

Q5: Where can I write about my ideas for the Ideas Lab?

A5: In Section 1 “Expertise for Ideas Lab - How do you see your expertise and interests contributing to realising the goal of the Ideas Lab on Mental Health for Children and Adolescents”.

Q6: Do I need to focus on one thematic area in my application or Ideas Lab?

A6: No, you may focus on several thematic areas. This is a bottom-up process. 

Q7: Can I include two different current positions in the application form?

A7: Yes, you may include both positions in the online application form. 

Q8: Where can we indicate maternity leave periods in order to fit into the +8 years?

A8: Please indicate in the online application form under “Details of your doctoral degree or equivalent qualification – Qualification gained” (academic title; leave/training, months/years)

Ideas Lab

Q1: Do you support travel costs?

A1: All accommodation, refreshments, breakfast, lunch and dinner costs during the event will be met by LBG. However, all travel expenses and incidental costs incurred whilst travelling to and from, and during participation at the event must be met by the participant.

For overseas candidate we will offer a travel grant, please get I touch on an individual basis (email). 

Q2: Who are the mentors?

A2: The mentors are internationally well renowned experts in the field of mental health for children and adolescents. The group of mentors are already set. The mentors will evaluate applications for the Ideas Lab, therefore, we will communicate the names after the selection of participants for the Ideas Lab (14 April 2017).

Q3: Is it a two stage application process? How will receive funding?

A3: No, it is a one stage application process. PI and Co-I teams who have been selected for funding after the Ideas Lab (June), will be invited write a short research proposals (outline of the research project). 

Q4: How will the Research Team be created during the Idea Labs?

A4: The Ideas Lab is an interactive workshop. In the beginning, it will focus on participant’s expertise and ideas collected. Later on in the process, teams will be formed and research ideas exchanged among researchers and further developed into research projects.

Q5: Are there any details known already about how the proposal should be structured (pages, financial details etc.)?

A5: You will receive information about the structure of the research proposal in the Ideas Lab. We will keep it simple and straight forward (max. 20 pages) to sum up the research ideas developed during the Ideas Lab.

Q6: How many principle investigators will be announced? Can we employ other team members as PI/CoI?

A6: The mix of the research teams is open. One or more PIs might work together with one or more CoI. There is no limitation. We expect research teams of in total 4-5 PI/CoIs per group, who receive funding to employ other team members (PhDs, PostDocs, health care professionals etc.) to establish a research group.

Q7: What is the focus of the research groups?

A7: The research groups focus on mental health of children and adolescents that have been defined by the community with a specific focus on children of mentally ill parents (see research challenges).  It is a bottom-up approach and no limitation to specific diseases. 

Q8: Is there an aim regarding the distribution of Austrian/international Ideas Lab members?

A8: We target disciplines and expertise, but not any country in particular. Further, the research groups should strongly connect with national and international networks.

Q9: Is there already a population for research 'available', or is the idea that the Lab groups will come up with new RCTs/cohorts etc of children of mentally ill parents

A9: There is no cohort available yet, but the research groups will have access to patients provided by their Austrian host institution (university, hospital etc.), patient organisations and so forth. 

Q10: Is there an “ideas protection agreement” foreseen at the Ideas Lab?

A10: Hence this is an open innovation initiative, we would like you to share and discuss your ideas with others. There will be an informal agreement between participants of the Ideas Lab to protect your ideas. However, the research proposal will include several ideas form different participants.

Q11: Will the selected participants released before the Ideas Lab begin?

A11: Selected participants won´t be published in public.
Selected participants be notified and encouraged to be actively involved in the hub, a social platform for sharing information and facts, prior to the Ideas Lab workshop.

Q12: When you describe the importance of community connections do you anticipate studies carried out in international community settings?

A12: Yes, a strong national and international community interaction is foreseen for the research groups. User crowd will be encouraged to collaborate with the Research Groups, also taken part in studies conducted.

Q13: What kinds of output could the research groups lead to? E.g. co-authored publications

A13: Research publications are encouraged, but won't be the only way, how the research output should be measured. We don't aim only for impact factors.

Q14: The original focus is on child/youth mental health but is it more or less something regarding neurobiology or would public mental health projects also be considered?

A14: The Research Groups may focus on public health and/or biological risk factors. The Research Groups my focus on one or more research challenges defined by the community. 

Q15: What about schools, kindergarten etc. as target groups for research?

A15: Yes, please consider all target groups needed to conduct the research, this also includes schools, kindergartens, patients, user crowds etc.