Call for proposals for the emergence of EELISA communities


Because PSL belongs to EELISA (the European Engineering Learning Innovation & Science Alliance), students, research professors, and staff are invited to participate in the creation of the first PSL-EELISA communities. Built to reflect the key challenges of sustainable development and the priorities of Horizon Europe, these communities are multidisciplinary groups that bring together members from academia and the scientific community with external partners to jointly seek solutions to important academic, scientific, economic and/or societal issues.

Application deadline: September 30, 2021.


PSL is a member of EELISA (European Engineering Learning Innovation & Science Alliance), a European university made up of 9 schools that share a common vision of a future European space for higher education and research. EELISA’s aim is to rethink Europe’s engineering programs, making them interdisciplinary, multilingual, and prepared to meet the major challenges of the 21st century. Alliance members seek concrete solutions to the societal and environmental challenges we will face in coming decades. To secure the participation of as many students, research professors, and external partners as possible, EELISA plans to create Communities: multidisciplinary groups that will be formed around major academic, scientific, economic and/or societal challenges.

Purpose of the call for proposals

The call for proposals aims to support the PSL-EELISA communities created on the initiative of PSL members around major challenges in sustainable development (SDGs) and the priorities of Horizon Europe, namely: “Global challenges” (Health; Culture, Creativity and Inclusive society; Civil Security for Society; Digital industry and space; Climate, Energy and Mobility; Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment).
The funding will help the winning project leaders to run the communities and finance their activities for the first two years.

What is a PSL-EELISA community?

PSL-EELISA communities will be spaces for research, discussion, or information built around major challenges (“challenge-based communities”) and may include students, research professors, and staff of PSL component schools, as well as external partners (such as representatives of non-profits, private companies, or public authorities). Serving as interfaces between different disciplines, these communities will foster the sharing of best practices and the dissemination of knowledge, research and innovation while facilitating the organization of activities and events. Ultimately, to officially become an EELISA community, the group will need to include participants from multiple partner schools (minimum of two schools from two different countries). Applicants to this CFP are not required to have already identified other EELISA partners.
They are, however, encouraged to anticipate the expansion of the future PSL-EELISA community to other alliance member universities. The EELISA steering committee at PSL will facilitate connections with the other schools.

A European website will be provided for the communities to support networking, project development, and the implementation of activities and events between EELISA partners with an array of collaborative tools. The end goal is to build stronger ties between EELISA partner institutions and to establish partnerships built not only on excellence, but also on open, exploratory, informal collaboration.

Communautés EELISA

Criteria for eligibility and engagement

For the purposes of this call, a PSL-EELISA community is made up of a minimum of three people (student, research professor, staff member).

  • Participation by a faculty member and/or researcher is required. The project leader (from PSL) and founding members agree to maintain the community for two years.
  • The project leader informs PSL and EELISA of the community’s progress (activities implemented, new members, etc.).
  • Finally, s/he agrees to provide an expense sheet to be submitted to PSL.

The community’s activities are funded for a period of two years. They may take place between November 1, 2021 (at the earliest) and October 30, 2023 (at the latest).

Budget and funding arrangements

No equipment expenditures or compensation for hours worked shall be eligible.
Under certain conditions, funding under Erasmus+ for mobility within Europe may be available in addition to the funding for EELISA Communities.

Examples of activities eligible for funding (not exhaustive)

  • Hosting seminars or workshops
  • Hosting or participating in a hackathon or European or international competitions
  • Hosting a summer school program either in person or via distance learning (costs of travel and accommodations, etc.)
  • Support for digitizing courses / translation, adaptation of an existing MOOC
  • Support: vacations, student internships, etc.

Certain activities may be rewarded by ECTS.

Proposal format and content

To facilitate writing the proposal, a fillable form can be downloaded here
The form must be sent to the contact indicated at the bottom of the page by September 30, 2021.


  • September 30: CFP closes
  • Octobrer 1-10: Selection committee individually analyzes proposals
  • October, 11 - 29:
    • Committee meets to select winning projects
    • Results communicated to applicants
  • November 1: Activities begin

Selection process and evaluation criteria

Projects will be evaluated by PSL’s EELISA steering committee

Evaluation criteria:

  • Community’s challenge is relevant to the goals of the EELISA European university
  • Profiles of the people involved are a good fit for the planned activities
  • Requested budget matches the planned activities
  • Community project is sustainable Impact of activities aimed at consolidating and developing the community within PSL and EELISA


The completed form and any attachments must be submitted to and

For further information, please feel free to contact the team while the application period is open.

EELISA: European Engineering Learning Innovation & Science Alliance

PSL is a member of the European university EELISA (European Engineering Learning Innovation & Science Alliance), an alliance of 9 European schools across 7 countries that share a common vision of a future European space for higher education and research.
An alliance of 9 schools

  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Espagne) – coordinateur d’EELISA
  • Université PSL - Paris Sciences & Lettres (France)
  • Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem (Hongrie)
  • École des Ponts ParisTech (France)
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Allemagne)
  • İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi (Turquie)
  • Scuola Normale Superiore (Italie)
  • Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italie)
  • Universitatea Politehnica din București (Roumanie)
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Application deadline: September 15, 2021.

The completed form and any attachments must be submitted to:

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