The IMISCOE Research Network organizes much of its collaborative work of researchers in Research Initiatives and Standing Committees. Four consecutive Calls (2009-2012) for new initiatives have yielded a number of new initiatives of researchers that intended to mobilize colleagues in order to explore possibilities of enhancing new research (by developing research proposals), of joint publications or other activities around specific topics as well as the establishment of Standing Committees for more long term research initiatives.
The Board of Directors of the IMISCOE Research Network has decided that part of the budget of 2014-2015 will be earmarked to promote research initiatives and support standing committees, and publish a fifth call for new and existing initiatives. As before, the basic idea is to create or to continue the opportunity for anyone within the IMISCOE Research Network to mobilize a group of researchers on a new topic that is not covered yet by the present initiatives in the network in order to develop common activities. IMISCOE communication tools may be used for such mobilization. Existing successful research groups and standing committees are also encouraged to apply if they need a continuation of financial support.
The Board of Directors would also like to see Research Initiatives linked specifically to the theme of the 2014 IMISCOE Annual Conference. All research initiatives will be allocated a panel (and if necessary more than one panel slot) at the IMISCOE annual conference.