EUniWell Seed Funding

Seven seedlings sitting on stacks of coinsIn 2020, EUniWell launched a Seed Funding Programme that is intended to bring together students, researchers, educators, and administrators from our eight universities.

On this page you will find details of upcoming Seed Funding calls, informationa about how to apply, support with finding project partners, and examples of previously funded projects involving UoB colleagues. 

Round 4 of EUniWell Seed Funding is now open

This fourth Seed Funding Call, open until 31 May 2022 (23:59 CEST/22:59 BST), also involves our new partner, the University of Murcia. Join our virtual information sessions on 4th May (11:00-12:30 BST) to find out more.

Visit the EUniWell website for details

Selection Criteria

The EUniWell seed funding programme offers grants of up to €25,000 for collaborative well-being projects. It’s currently open to applications and the deadline for submission is 31 May 2022.

To qualify for funding, projects must bring together at least three universities from across the alliance and focus on one of the following four themes:

·      Well-Being and Health;

·      Individual and Social Well-Being;

·      Environment, Urbanity and Well-Being;

·      Teacher Education. 

Researchers, students, teachers and administrative staff can apply, and projects can address research, teaching or policy development, as well as student well-being. 

How to apply & information sessions

Further details about the seed funding programme, including the application form, can be found on the main EUniWell website.

You can also find out more by attending one of the information workshops which will be held on:

  • Wednesday, 13 April 2022, from 12:00 to 13:30 CEST / 11:00 to 12:30 BST, via Zoom
  • Wednesday, 4 May 2022, from 12:00 to 13:30 CEST / 11:00 to 12:30 BST, via Zoom

At these sessions, you’ll be able to share your project ideas, find potential partners and ask any questions you may have about the call and requirements.

A workshop on proposal writing for students only will be held on Friday 22 April (exact time TBA). Click here to register.

Find a partner and share an idea

If you have an idea but can’t find a partner, you can use this online match-making portal. The page is in French, but you can easily obtain a translation via the Google translate pop-up.

Instructions on how to use the portal can be downloaded here. There are two main functions:

  • Enter details of your own project idea, for others to view here (instructions on how to complete the form are here)
  • Look for other project proposals and see if you can get involved here (scroll down to the heading INITIATIVES)
You’re also welcome to contact the EUniWell team here in Birmingham for help with navigating the portal, finding partners, or advice on your application. Please just e-mail us on: euniwell@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Current projects

Find out more about the projects that University of Birmingham colleagues are coordinating and participating in below. 

Migration and diversity in European cities (MADEINEUROPE) Interdisciplinary multi-sited winter school

University of Birmingham lead: Prof. Nando Sigona (College of Social Sciences)
The EUniWell Winter School will bring together EUniWell postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level), practitioners and internationally renowned academics in the field to explore the frontiers of migration and diversity research. 

More information can be found on the MADEINEUROPE website.

Advancing understanding of well-being tourism, drawing upon the European biocultural heritage

University of Birmingham Lead: Dr Emma Surman (Birmingham Business School)
The goal of this project is to introduce the concept of well-being tourism to partner regions and identify common research interests in this field. The collaboration shall also include a student experience exchange between partners.

More information can be found on the project website.

Multilingualism for Social Inclusion in the European Classroom (MSIEC)

University of Birmingham Lead: Dr Alice Corr (Department of Modern Languages)

Taking up one of EUniWell’s cultural goals, this project seeks to enrich teaching by exploring and supporting multilingualism. The project will analyse students’ and teachers’ experience of multilingualism in European cities (Birmingham, Cologne, Florence, Leiden), identify mechanisms for fostering multilingualism and provide a digital infrastructure for the purpose. 

Introduction to Multilingualism for Social Inclusion in the European Classroom (MSIEC)

Exploring new Territories in Academic Development

University of Birmingham Lead: Sarah King (HEFi)

Instilling “Human Literacy” into our Educational Processes (EUniHuLi): Human Literacy is a concept relating to the ability of adapting well to diverse communication situations. It is about diversity and intercultural competence, but also relates to digital communication situations, which are now more than ever an everyday challenge for most of us. The project will work to instil Human Literacy with HE teachers and administrators, as well as students. It will exchange best practices and initiate innovative research and teaching. Led by the University of Cologne, the partners are the University of Birmingham, Leiden University, Linnaeus University, the University of Nantes and Semmelweis University. 

Onco-Aging: Smart Health Community for Older Cancer Patients and Interdisciplinary Interactions with Medical Education for Future Geriatricians

University of Birmingham Lead: Dr. Gianmarco Contino (Medical and Dental Sciences)

The project aims directly at two major health concerns of contemporary Europe, cancer and an ageing society. It will foster awareness of specific needs of older cancer patients by engaging with healthcare professionals, medical students and researchers. The aim is to improve geriatric teaching plans and methods to ensure the long-term well-being of a growing number of concerned individuals in Europe and beyond. The University of Cologne leads the project, in cooperation with the University of Birmingham, the University of Florence, Leiden University and Linnaeus University as partners.

For details please visit the EUniWell website.

Advanced understanding of well-being tourism, drawing upon the European biocultural heritage

University of Birmingham Lead: Dr Emma Surman (Birmingham Business School)

Well-being tourism is, according to this new concept, tourism that supports harmony and balance of body, mind and soul, for both guests and hosts, in a sustainable interaction with the local community and environment. The goal of this project is to introduce the concept of well-being tourism to partner regions and identify the common research interests in this field. This shall include a student experience exchange between partners. This project is led by Linnaeus University and includes University of Florence, Université de Nantes and University of Birmingham as partners.  

MaterialWell – Material Sciences for Wellness

University of Birmingham Lead: Dr Andrew J Morris (Metallurgy and Materials)

MaterialWell is a cooperation including all seven partner universities. It aims to bring together the best ideas from the departments of Life Sciences in order to facilitate knowledge and innovation transfer. Teaming up with relevant associated partners, the group can work together for future Research and Innovation project calls on EU level. Another important aim is to establish a teaching and training programme, especially at masters and PhD level. 

For more details visit the project website: www.materialwell.wordpress.com

Being an inclusive university for refugee students: concepts, methods and tools

University of Birmingham Lead: Dr Jennifer Allsopp (College of Social Sciences)

The project aims to test a specific refugee tutoring activity helping refugees to master the European tertiary education system. The project will include a workshop to exchange ideas and best practices between the EUniWell consortium. The tutoring system shall help to strengthen knowledge and communication possibilities for Universities to help refugee students to avoid constraints and problems. Training of the tutors is one of the most crucial points in order to succeed for this project. The project is coordinating by the University of Florence and includes University of Birmingham, Leiden University, and Linnaeus University.  

Civic Leadership to improve Social Well-Being – Embedding innovative & cultural civic leadership approaches in Enterprise Education

University of Birmingham Leads: Dr Julian Pänke (Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences) Dr Lloyd Jenkins (Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences),  Helen Hook (Careers Network)

This project’s goal is to create a shared digital platform in order to improve Social Well-Being. Within the platform one can explore the various opportunities from University, public and private partners to deliver the UN SGDs on a local level. The objectives of the team are a Civic Leadership forum, a civic leadership education website and also a symposium sharing the outcomes of each stakeholder. The partners for this project are the University of Birmingham as coordinator, Linnaeus University and the University of Cologne.

The mental health symposium: Exploring and Enhancing Mental Health Initiatives and Resources

The purpose of the mental health symposium is to emphasise the importance of mental health awareness amongst the EUniWell community. Throughout the year, students from each university will be asked to collect data in each university on mental health and well-being. After this process, a symposium will be created in order to incorporate new ideas. After the sympsosium phase, the group plans to build up an online platform to exchange ideas and report progress. This project, led by Semmelweis, includes all the universities of the consortium.