PE&RC call for institutional collaboration (2019)

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Introduction

PE&RC Day 2018In 2018, PE&RC initiated a new call to stimulate collaboration between Wageningen University and the other PE&RC partner institutes via short joint PhD and/or postdoc projects. After the successful initiation, the call is set out again for 2019. Hence we invite academic staff members of PE&RC to submit a proposal for institutional collaboration within PE&RC.

Eligibility criteria
  • Applications must be submitted by 2 or more PE&RC registered staff members from at least 2 PE&RC partner institutes, where at least one applicant must be affiliated to Wageningen University (because the funds are provided by Wageningen University). For Wageningen University, the Environmental Sciences Group (WUR-ESG), Plant Sciences Group (WUR-PSG) and Animal Sciences Group (WUR-ASG) are considered as different PE&RC partner institutes. The other partners are UVA-IBED, VU-ES, UU-E&B, NIOO, NATURALIS, and RADBOUD-IWWR.
  • Funds are meant for short-term PhD and/or postdoc projects. The project can be executed by 1 or 2 PhD candidates, 1 postdoc, or a PhD-Postdoc collaboration. In case of PhD projects, the application should involve work on a new project that is not part of the original PhD proposal. The outcome of this work may of course be included in the PhD thesis.
  • Funds are only for covering salary costs. Besides gross salary costs, the funds include an overhead of approximately 35% to cover other costs such as housing and small consumables. Postdocs will be funded up to maximum scale 11.5.
  • Appointment of PhD and/or postdocs has to be at Wageningen University as the call is funded by Wageningen University strategic funds. However research activities may be performed at non-WUR PE&RC institutes
  • The maximum months to be funded depends on the requested appointment:
    • PhD project: 4 months
    • PhD-PhD project: 2 months each
    • Postdoc: 3 months
    • Postdoc-PhD: 1 month postdoc and 2 months PhD
  • A total of 3 projects can be funded
  • Funded projects will have to be completed before 1 November 2020. Awardees are required to submit a short report of the project (max 2 pages) and to present their findings in the next edition of the PE&RC day.
Submission of pre-proposals

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal that clearly indicates:

  • Focus and aim of the project (max. 250 words);
  • The relevance in relation to the PE&RC Research Strategy, as it currently described here: https://www.pe-rc.nl/about/research-strategy. Note; the PE&RC research strategy is under development, but as of yet, the adjustments have not been formalised yet (max. 150 words).
  • The manner in which both groups will use the funds to strengthen the institutional collaboration, identifying the specific role of the proposed candidate(s) (postdoc/PhD), including the expected output of the project (max. 150 words);
  • Groups involved and time to be spent by a specific postdoc / PhD candidate(s);
  • Appointment details: name of person(s) employed, employment period, chair group;
  • The budget requested.

Pre-proposals must be submitted by e-mail to office.pe@wur.nl on or before 30 September 2019.

Selection procedure
  • Pre-proposals are evaluated by by an independent committee, established by PE&RC.
  • A maximum of 6 applications will be selected based on eligibility, quality, and added value for PE&RC.
  • Selected applicants (i.e. the academic staff members submitting the application) are required to pitch their proposal during the 2019 PE&RC Day (17 October 2019, in Wageningen). The PhD candidate(s) / postdoc(s) involved in the application may also take part in the pitch during the PE&RC Day. If one or more of the applicants cannot be present during the pitch, this needs to be communicated to the PE&RC Office as soon as possible. Only if there are valid and strong arguments for all staff members to be unable to perform the pitch (to be judged by the PE&RC Office), it will be accepted to have the involved PhD candidate(s) / postdoc(s) pitch the proposal.
  • The PE&RC Day audience votes for the best pitch / best proposal.
  • Final selection of those to receive the funds is based on the pitch score given by the audience. The exact scoring system will be communicated during the PE&RC Day.
  • The best three proposals are awarded the grant.