Open Innovation Opportunity

Project Proposal

Are you a Ukrainian researcher in the field of public administration or public management? Are you specifically interested in topics such as innovations, organizational change, digitalization, strategic planning, and management? Come to Brno via MSCA4Ukraine scheme and conduct your research under the supervision of David Špaček, one of our leading experts in the field, and his team.

The Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, is open to receive Ukrainian researchers displaced from Ukraine on or after 24 February 2022. If you are interested, please see if you fulfil the criteria specified below.

Eligibility criteria:

The following eligibility criteria for researchers from Ukraine must be met:

• Candidates are (1) Ukrainian nationals, or (2) stateless persons, or (3) nationals from third countries other than Ukraine, with their primary residence in Ukraine on 24 February 2022.
• Candidates have been displaced from Ukraine on or after 24 February 2022.
• Current and former MSCA4Ukraine fellows are not eligible to be nominated.
• Candidates have the language skills required to successfully conduct their research activities at the envisaged host organisation, as confirmed by the host organisation in the application.

Candidates are

(1) postdoctoral researchers at the date of the call deadline, i.e. in possession of a doctoral degree (PhD or кандидат наук). Applicants who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree are considered as postdoctoral researchers and eligible to apply. The successful defence must be unconditional (no further requirements/corrections that need to be addressed) and take place before the call deadline. Supporting documentation may be requested.


(2) researchers who, on or after 24 February 2022, were enrolled as doctoral candidates at a higher educational institution in Ukraine.


During your stay, you will be supervised by David Špaček, one of our leading experts in public administration. In his research, David focuses on public administration and public management, especially on topics like digitalization, (e-)participation, e-procurement, strategic planning and management, quality management, intermunicipal cooperation and civil services. Currently, he is involved in research projects focusing on changes in public authorities implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic issues of public administration revealed by current crises. He has been actively involved in related working groups of recognized international conferences and, also, in close touch with practitioners from public administration. He also teaches related topics in courses delivered by the Faculty of Economics and Administration and is tutoring PhD candidates too.

If you are interested and fulfil the criteria specified above, please submit the following documents to Jana Sosnová ([email protected]) no later than on 21 July 2024:
• CV
• Annotation of your project (approx. half a page long)
• List of publications covering the last 5 years

Please see the MSCA4Ukraine website for more information:

The deadline for submission of projects is 5 September 2024.