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WHRI-Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships for International Researchers, 2014

WHRI-ACADEMY offers up to 175 new postdoctoral fellowships spread between three different schemes (incoming, outgoing and reintegration). WHRI-ACADEMY fellowships have a minimum duration of 12 months and a maximum of 36 months. Researchers from any nationality can apply for incoming scheme, researchers from EU Member State or Associated Country to a Third Country are eligible for outgoing scheme and Only EU Member State or Associated Country nationals that have carried out research in a Third Country for at least 3 years can apply for reintegration scheme. In all cases, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the host institution country for more than 12 months in the years 3 years prior to deadline for the submission of proposals.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in following research areas: Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry, Physiology, Pathophysiology, including Cardiovascular disease and Endocrinology, Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Cellular and Development Biology, Neurosciences and Neural Disorders, Immunity and Infection, Diagnostic tools, Therapies and Public Health and Ethics and medical.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing postdoctoral research programme.
Scholarship Provider: WHRI-ACADEMY receives funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities under grant agreement no 608765.
Award can be taken at: UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, USA and Belgium.

Eligibility:
1. To comply with the EU FP7 definition of “transnational mobility”
Incoming:
– For non-residents of the host country.
– Researchers from any nationality can apply to.
-Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the Host Organization country for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the application deadline.
Outgoing:
– For residents of Members States or Associated Countries.
– Researchers from any nationality can apply.
– Mobility is from a EU Member State or Associated Country to a Third Country (with a preferably return phase to either a EU Member State or Associated Country)
-Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the Host Organization country for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the application deadline.
Reintegration: from a Third Country to a EU Member State or Associated Country.
– Only EU Member State or Associated Country nationals that have carried out research in a Third Country for at least 3 years can apply.
Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the Host Organization country for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the application deadline.
2. To comply with the EU FP7 definition of “experienced researcher”, the candidate must, at the time of the recruitment by the Host Organization, either:
a) be in possession of a doctoral degree; or
b) have at least four years of research experience (full-time equivalent) since gaining a university diploma giving him/her access to doctoral studies either in the country in which the degree/diploma was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided.
-Candidates who are about to receive their doctoral degree are eligible to apply but they need to have their PhD degree by the day they receive the offer (indicatively 3 months after the application deadline).

Open for International Students: Researchers from any nationality can apply for incoming scheme, researchers from EU Member State or Associated Country to a Third Country are eligible for outgoing scheme and Only EU Member State or Associated Country nationals that have carried out research in a Third Country for at least 3 years can apply for reintegration scheme.

Description: WHRI-ACADEMYThe William Harvey International Translational Research Academy (WHRI-ACADEMY) is a new mobility fellowship programme which aims to provide multidisciplinary projects to transnational researchers to help to maximise their career development opportunities in healthcare and life sciences.

Number of award(s): WHRI-ACADEMY offers 175 new postdoctoral fellowships spread between three different schemes (incoming, outgoing and reintegration) and a training programme, including workshops, dedicated training in complementary skills and industrial placement.

Duration of award(s): WHRI-ACADEMY fellowships have a minimum duration of 12 months and a maximum of 36 months.

What does it cover? The Living allowance will depend on the experience of the selected fellow. The Host Organizations are allowed to use their own salary scales to support the costs for the fellows’ salary costs. Within WHRI-ACADEMY, the fellows must benefit of 1 500 EUR/year as mobility/travel allowance. This allowance refers to relocation and mobility costs of the fellows. It does not take into consideration family status of the applicant. Furthermore, the fellows must benefit of 15 000 EUR/year as contribution to the research costs. This allowance refers to those eligible direct costs related to the research project such as consumables, travel and subsistence for attendance to scientific events, publications, material for the dissemination of the research project, salaries of a person (i.e.: PhD student) for assisting the fellow, etc.). Please note that the EU contribution per fellow-year is 29,800 EUR and it shall correspond to up to 40% of the annual fellowship cost.

Selection Criteria: The Evaluation panel experts will assess and score the application on the basis of the Relevance, Research & Innovation quality and Feasibility and Exploitability. The criteria to be assessed are detailed here. Weighting is equal among criteria and you need to reach a minimum score of 3 for each criterion.
– Criteria 1: Quality of the Proposal
– Criteria 2: Quality of the host organization
– Criteria 3: Supervision and Career development
– Criteria 4: Transfer knowledge
Evaluation scores will be given for each of the four criteria. Each criterion will be scored out of 5. Scores will be given with a resolution of one decimal place. A score 0 means that the proposal fails to address the criterion under examination or cannot be judged due to missing or incomplete information. A score 1 means poor and, therefore, that the criterion is addressed in an inadequate manner, or there are serious inherent weaknesses. A score 2 means fair and, therefore, that while the proposal broadly addresses the criterion, there are significant weaknesses. A score 3 means good and, therefore, that the proposal addresses the criterion well, although improvements would be necessary. A score 4 means very good and, therefore, the proposal addresses the criterion very well, although certain improvements are still possible. A score 5 means excellent and, therefore, that the proposal successfully addresses all relevant aspects of the criterion in question. Only proposals scoring a minimum of 12 points will be considered for funding.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply:
Step 1 – Expressions of Interest: Please note that the Expressions of Interest (EOI) must be made. You can download the Initial Expressions of Interest form here. If the planned Host Organization is happy to accept you as a candidate for a WHRI-ACADEMY Fellowship, you shall send it to: x.sandin-at-qmul.ac.uk. Only if your EOI is approved by your Scientist-in-Charge, you can start completing the application form and working on your full project proposal.
Step 2 – Full Proposal: Please note that only if your EOI is approved by your Scientist-in-Charge, you can start completing the application form and working on your full project proposal.
When you and your chosen Host Organisation have completed work on your full project proposal, you should submit it via email x.sandin-at-qmul.ac.uk. Please note that you shall write as a subject “family name – Application Call 2 WHRI-ACADEMY”.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 13 October 2014.

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