CAT initiative

Constructive Advanced Thinking (CAT) is a joint initiative by the institutes-members of the NETIAS (Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study) and also involves institutes beyond the network. 


CAT is an open international call designed to foster interdisciplinary research teams of young promising individuals wishing to address emergent societal issues with fresh ideas. Its aim is as follows:
- Supporting international research teams, composed of early career researchers, to conduct fundamental research with the goal to provide solution-oriented ideas to address issues that put our societies at risk.
- Fostering the transformation of these ideas into real-world action and of these teams into future leading networks of advanced thinking.

CAT projects should address an emerging societal issue, with the aim to chart pathways for action. Stakeholder organizations (policymakers, industries, NGOs etc.) interested in addressing the issue with fundamental research are welcome to participate in a CAT project and can be represented in the team.


CAT provides teams of early career researchers (three to five persons, possibly including a stakeholder) time and space for thought and discussion in the best research environments Europe has to offer. During a period of up to three years, teams will benefit from a series of short stays (i.e. between one and two weeks, two to three times a year) in participating institutes (see links below). The participating institutes will provide support to connect the teams with the most knowledgeable and experienced researchers and will help to valorize the obtained results through their legitimating channels.

The selected teams get their travel and accommodation expenses and possible a small amount of other research-related expenses covered. They also benefit from the institutes’ amenities and conviviality for work and exchanges during their stays. The underlying idea is that discussions and encounters at the institutes will provide a unique sounding board for innovative ideas and will give valuable feed-back. At the end of their project, in addition to the organization of one or more final meeting(s) presenting the results, the CAT teams will be expected to produce a final report in the form of a text, video, website or other, that will be made public.