SAPIExcellence is an initiative promoted by Sapienza University to attract the best and most promising researchers, encouraging them to participate in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) and ERC programmes.
SAPIExcellence aims to provideconcrete incentives, in addition to scientific ones, for excellent researchers who submit proposals in the framework of MSCA-IF and ERC indicating Sapienza as the Host Institution. The purpose is to increase the number and quality of submitted proposals, as well as the chance to obtain fellowships and grants funded by the EU Commission.
In order to reach these objectives, Sapienza University has recently published the “BE-FOR-ERC Call” that will assign 5 fellowships for research projects of excellence lasting 12 months. The call is open to all research areas and scientific sectors. Project proposals are invited from principal investigators who have obtained their PhD (2-7 years before January 1, 2020) and hold a very promising scientific curriculum.
Each fellowship will provide funds for a total of €50,000 to be divided as follows:
- €40,000 to fund an annual research grant Principal Investigator;
- €10,000 to cover costs directly related to research activities.
Applications may be presented until June 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm (Italian time) as described in the call and annexes.
This is a two-step application process. During the first phase, the Department must approve the application with the required documentation (Letter to the Department, B1, PhD copy, etc.), while the second phase addresses the selection process admission, including the letter and scientific proposal (part B2). The deadline for Phase 1 is April 12, 2019. The application deadline for funding and the admission procedure (Phase 2) is June 14, 2019.
The “BE-FOR-ERC” Call follows two other initiatives promoted by the SAPIExcellence Programme:
- Seal of SAPIExcellence - 4 fellowships amounting to €50,000 each, for a total of €200,000 per year, to be granted to Sapienza proposals submitted under the MSCA-IF-2017 call that have been awarded the "Seal of Excellence" by the evaluation Panel. The €50,000 fellowship will allow a €40,000 employment contract for each researcher and €10,000 to cover expenses directly related to the research activities (i.e., purchase of laboratory equipment, consumables, travel expenses, etc.).
- Add SAPIExcellence - 3 annual fellowships amounting to €50,000 each, for a total of €100,000 per year, to extend the duration of 2 MSCA IF or ITN projects that have already been funded by the Commission by 12 months. The €50,000 fellowship will allow a €40,000 employment contract for each researcher and €10,000 to cover expenses directly related to the research activities (i.e., purchase of laboratory equipment, consumables, travel expenses, etc.).
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