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Transdisciplinary research projects: call for proposals CROSS

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The theme for the seventh edition of the Collaborative Research on Science and Society (CROSS) programme is resistance. The program will fund cross-disciplinary projects between UNIL and EPFL for the year 2019.

The theme of the 2019 Collaborative Research on Science and Society program (CROSS) is resistance. CROSS awards grants to interdisciplinary projects at UNIL-EPFL.

CROSS aims to support research projects that bring together UNIL and EPFL researchers in transdisciplinary projects that explore contemporary socio-technical challenges. The programme is intended to kick start collaborations in the domains of social sciences and humanities together with engineering, natural and life sciences. All researchers based at EPFL or UNIL are welcome to apply for this year’s call on the theme of resistance (--> CROSS regulations).


Resistance is defined as a body’s capacity to resist an action or force generated by another body; it is opposition to movement, or the ability to face up to a physical or moral challenge. Electrical resistance, for example, represents the ratio of voltage to current. By measuring the resistance of materials, we can calculate the limitations and potential for distortion in the structures we build. In biology, resistance refers to organisms’ ability to withstand unfamiliar or unfavorable conditions.

Over the last few decades, research into the possibility and scope of radical social change has led scholars in anthropology and political science to incorporate the idea of resistance – be it passive or active – into their analysis of social phenomena. Although it has historically been associated with opposition movements, the idea of resistance has taken on a new, contemporary meaning in the human and social sciences.
Resistance can thus refer to a wide range of study areas, including but not limited to mechanics, politics, psychology, chemistry and acoustics. It is a research focus shared between a number of different disciplines.

In 2019, CROSS will give priority to projects that examine the notion of resistance in scientifically original and promising ways. Proposals on other topics are also accepted.


The submission deadline for this year's call for proposals is: September 30th 2018.

Please send your proposal as a single pdf file to [email protected]

More information: https://cdh.epfl.ch/op/edit/page-156840.html and http://www.unil.ch/sciencesaucarre/home/menuinst/recherchecross.html

Contact: [email protected]