The Programme

The Programme in a nutshell
Collaborative Projects
What is a bottom-up project?
Plan Your Bottom-Up Project within one of the Focus Areas
Timeline for selection process
Finances
Ethical issues

The Programme in a Nutshell

Successful applications propose bottom-up collaborative research projects with one of the EuroTech Universities as main host and a second EuroTech University as co-host, fitting the applicants’ own original research ideas. Whereas a host and a co-host is mandatory, additional collaboration with a third partner institution from the non-academic or industrial sector is encouraged. Collaboration can be implemented by virtual means, short visits or research stays of up to 6 months.

For detailed description of research options within the focus areas please visit the research web-sites of the EuroTech Universities.
DTU: http://www.dtu.dk/English/Research.aspx
EPFL: https://recherche.epfl.ch/home
TU/e: :  https://www.tue.nl/onderzoek/research-support-network/eurotech-cofund-programme/
TUM: www.tum.de/research

The first call, awarding 40 fellowships, will open on Thursday 30 November 2017. The deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday 28 February 2018 17:00 GMT+1. Applications must be submitted via the dedicated online-application platform (opens 30 November 2017). A second call will be launched in September 2018. Only applications that meet the Eligibility Criteria will be considered.

The EuroTech Universities fully acknowledge the importance of equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity.

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Collaborative projects

Projects funded by EuroTechPostdoc must be collaborative projects involving at least 2 EuroTech Universities. This has to be considered in the planning of an application as the collaboration has to be pre-arranged.

The purpose of the collaboration is to enhance scientific skills, interdisciplinarity, and transnational mobility of the researchers.  The fellows will develop mandatory collaborative projects across scientific and national borders through secondments and other formats for academic and intersectoral collaboration, like short visits, field research, virtual tools (web conferences) with another participating university.

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What is a bottom-up project

A bottom-up project is based on an idea derived from the fellow/fellowship applicant within any scientific field.

All MSCA projects are idea-driven and have a bottom-up approach. This means that the idea for the project was thought up by the applicant to the fellowship, not by the potential host/supervisor of the fellow. This also means, that the bottom-up project is an independent research project within a department/group. It cannot be a set of tasks or a deliverable in a larger existing project.

Please also not the research project must consist of original text that has been written by the applicant himself/herself. Suspected cases of plagiarism will be analysed.

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Plan your bottom-up project within one of the focus areas

The focus areas

The EuroTech Postdoc Programme covers five research focus areas, representing collaborative strengths of the EuroTech Universities Alliance.

Health & Bio-Engineering
Data Science & Engineering
High Performance Computing
Smart & Urban Mobility
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The focus areas cover research within all fields of research present at the 4 technical universities, DTU, EPFL, TU/e and TUM, including chemistry, economic sciences, environmental and geosciences, information science and engineering, life sciences, mathematics, physics, social sciences and humanities. Each area is a fast developing socially relevant research and innovation field, with high importance to Europe’s industrial leadership, offering the fellows attractive and appropriate research and training possibilities to boost their future careers. The areas address great societal challenges, all requiring a multi and interdisciplinary approach.

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Timeline for selection process

The EuroTechPostdoc programme will launch two calls; first call in November 2017 (first call deadline: 28th February 2018) and the second call in November 2018 (second call deadline: 28th February 2019). Forty (40) fellowships will be granted for each call.

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Finances

Programme funding:

The  EuroTech Universities Alliance have received financial support from the MSCA COFUND scheme to start a communal co-funded postdoc programme, the EurotechPostdoc Programme

 

Living allowances/salaries

In accordance with the MSCA COFUND scheme, the salary of the hired postdoctoral fellow must be completed by the host university. For detailed information or when in doubt, please always contact the local programme management.

 

DTU: the local programme management office pays the remainder of the living allowance up to a set salary level. If the host department pays the fellow more than set salary level, the department will have to cover the additional costs.  Contact local programme manager Stine Work Brodersen, oerstedpostdoc@adm.dtu.dk for any questions.

If your department is to host a fellow, the PMO will contact you and will provide more DTU-specific information.

 

EPFL: The host laboratory is responsible for co-funding the salary of the hired fellow according to EPFL rules for postdoctoral researchers. Salaries depend on the researcher’s experience and include social security benefits: AVS [pension funds], AC [unemployment insurance], health and accident insurance, pregnancy and parental benefits. Please, contact Human Resources of the hosting research department for more information.

 

TU/e: The local programme management office pays the remainder of the living allowance up to a set salary level. The fellow will be employed according to the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities. TU/e offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses.

The hosting or co-hosting department covers all research costs incl. use of infrastructure and materials. The hosting or co-hosting department covers all project related travel costs, e.g. to conferences, research stays or field trips. Private travel expenses are to be held by the fellow.

 

TUM: The local programme management office pays the remainder of the living allowance up to a set salary level. The fellow will be employed according to the German Agreement for Universities.

The hosting or co-hosting department or chair covers all research costs incl. use of infrastructure and materials. The hosting or co-hosting department or chair covers all project related travel costs, e.g. to conferences, research stays or field trips. Private travel expenses are to be held by the fellow.

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Living allowances during research stays/secondments

The hosting department is to pay living allowances during research stays and/or secondments.

If the fellow has a secondment in industry, and the company in question offers to pay the salary for the secondment period, the host university can extend the fellowship with the same period as the secondment.

 

Research costs

The hosting or co-hosting department covers all research costs incl. use of infrastructure and materials.

 

Travel

The hosting or co-hosting department covers all project related travel costs, e.g. to conferences, research stays or field trips.

Private travel expenses, including moving from home country to host country, are to be held by the fellow.

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Ethical issues

Proposals selected for funding, and where the applicant, host or external reviewers have declared ethical issues, need approval by the ethics commissions of the respective participant universities. The ethical policy of EuroTechPostdoc is compliant with the “Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the relevant ethics rules of H2020. If feasible, applicants should request the necessary authorizations from the concerned authorities in parallel to the evaluation of the proposal. Copies of the authorizations/notifications should be submitted to the PMO before the start of the project.

Link to Ethics Self-Assessment

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