Leave no one behind

Your sustainable project 2021



Submit your idea if you are looking for professional advice or financing for your undertaking. This isn’t a contest, each idea is valuable. The topic is „leave no one behind“, so if you are unsure if your project fits this call, leave me a quick message: lnob@uninetz.at

You have ideas on the topic how to “leave no one behind”, but you lack a final polish, a team, or simply funds to make it a reality? It doesn’t matter how far your project idea has developed yet, as long as you hang on to it, we accompany you through its implementation!

In the first phase you can present and specify your own idea, at the virtual Thinkathon which will take place on the 26th of February 2021 at 1 PM (CET) (register here). You may also find like-minded people for your team. In case you don’t already have a specific idea, you may get inspired by others.

After your idea is submitted until the 15th of March 2021, we will check your idea on how well it fits into the catalogue of criteria (see submission). You will immediately receive

1) Feedback on, how well your idea fits the overall purpose of the project call therefore can be supported in principle (content wise and draft budget wise),

2) a first feedback on your ideas themselves.

In the second phase, after Easter, supported ideas are going to be coached further at the virtual Projectforge on the 16th of April 2021, to help the implementation later. Submit your final project concept by the end of April and the financial request.

In November a closing event will take place, where project result will be presented as well as reflected on how it went and how the project may continue in the future.

Topics – The projects should orient themselves to at least one of the following topics:

  • Society-centric: Gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical and mental handicaps, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, migration status, poverty, …
  • Global inequalities and special disparities: International developments, North-South divide, geographic disparities, local aspects of inequality (between municipalities, regions, districts, …)
  • Digitalization: Digitalization in sustainable development for example Digital-Gap, Belief in technology, tech versus social innovation, Digital-Literacy, …

Character The type of project should align with one of the following:

  • Actionistic and artistic projects:
    • Art installations, performances/theatre, music/radio, video/tv, actions in public space, …
  • Educational and networking projects:
    • Interactive information events, workshops, network meetups, field trips, coaching, …
  • Not supported are strictly printed works, term papers, bachelor thesis, master thesis and so on. But the spreading of the aforementioned can be supported.


  • A clearly comprehensible societal benefit with the “Third Mission” (contribution of universities to societal development) in mind – must.
  • Participative approach: Projects don’t aim to exclusively give information or instructions (from above), but instead they should interact with the “target group” on an equal level – must.
  • At least one person in your team has to study at a UniNEtZ university (here is a list) – must
  • Project teams aim to consist of various fields of study whenever possible – should

Formal criteria – The following must be noted:

  • Per project up to 1.000 € material costs (so no personnel costs) can be granted, but they need to be pre-financed. The total amount of funds available for alle projects is 10.000 €.
  • Projects should try to receive funds from other sources, for example ÖH, government funding (on a municipality, city, state level), club sponsorship, fonds, NGOs, …
  • Registration for the Thinkathon by 25th of February 2021 (registration for the Thinkathon)
  • Submission of final Ideas by 15th of March 2021 (final ideas submission form)
  • Submission of final Ideas by 30th of April 2021 (final financing form)
  • The implementation should happen between Mai and October, depending on the project type working packages of a bigger project with a finished recognizable result, can also be supported.
  • A short final report needs to be written by the 15th of November 2021 – the presentation of the results will be in November. (Expenses of travel are going to be beared by UniNEtZ – except if it’s a virtual)

Submission & funding-decision – how can you get your idea funded?

Submit this idea submission form by the 15th of March 2021 to submit a first concept for the project.

After that, a student committee (see below) will rate your concept on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Substantive discussion with at least one of the LNOB-topics: 1 – 10 points
  • Participative approach: 1 – 10 points
  • “Third Mission” – how strong are communities outside of the university (non-university members) in the project team, for cooperation, in the goals, and target/dialogue groups addressed: 1 – 5 points
  • How realistic is the first budget draft: 1 – 5 points
  • Interdisciplinary project team: 1 – 5 points

The projects will be ranked by the criteria and the available funds will be reserved until the final financing plans will be submitted by the end of April. If projects are in principle considered eligible, but the budget is temporarily exhausted, the projects can still proceed to the next phase. The committee follows this principle: Each contribution is important and by submitting the final finance form it will be decided which projects will get funded. To get an approximation, and to plan the implementation of the projects from May on, the projects will be consulted in the second phase.

The projects must be pre-financed and can be refunded by the end of October 2021 if the formal requirements are met.

The committee consists of:

  • David Steinwender – forum n
  • Thomas Beck – forum n
  • Franziska Nössing – forum n
  • Anna Struth – netzwerk n

The committee will be consulted by:

  • Katharina Kreissl (SDG 10)
  • Meike Bukowski (SDG 1)
  • UniNEtZ AG Methoden
  • Ulrike Payerhofer (AG Dialog UniNEtZ)

If you have any questions regarding this call, feel free to send an email to: lnob@uninetz.at