EUR Fellowships

1.      Objective

Due to the lack of budget and/or the growing competition it has become more difficult for recently graduated researchers to secure a permanent position at their university or acquire research funding. This partly due to the transfer of research funds from universities to the NWO. It is, however, becoming increasingly important to acquire grants at the outset of one’s career. With the EUR Fellowships Scheme, the Erasmus University Rotterdam wants to provide recently graduated and talented researchers with more assurance in their career move. In addition, the EUR Fellowship should be seen as an extra encouragement in trying to obtain external financing in spite of the increasingly lower chances of success.

2.      Candidates

Researchers that have submitted an admissible proposal for a NWO Veni, NWO Vidi or an ERC Starting Grant, but who in spite of receiving a good evaluation, for budgetary reasons did not receive funding from NWO or the European Commission, qualify for a EUR Fellowship in the firstcoming round of the EUR Fellowships. The research project needs to be considered fundable by NWO or the European Commission, and the scores of the respective NWO and European Commission referees will be taken into account:

  • Veni (A+, A or B): The proviso that applies, however, is that if there are more than ten candidates receiving an A+ or A rating, the researchers receiving a B rating will not qualify for a EUR Fellowship. Researchers who do not meet the NWO Veni requirements (i.e. graduated no more than three years ago), do not qualify for a EUR Fellowship;
  • Vidi (A+, A or B). The proviso that applies, however, is that if there are more than ten candidates receiving an A+ or A rating, the researchers receiving a B rating will not qualify for a EUR Fellowship. Researchers who do not meet the NWO Vidi requirements (i.e. graduated no more than three years ago), do not qualify for a EUR Fellowship;
  • ERC Starting Grant: That the candidate is through to Step 2.

3.      Grant Conditions

3.1   Scope
The EUR Fellowship comprises a payment of:

  • € 135,000 in the case of Veni. This Fellowship can be used over a period of a maximum of two years (in the event of a fulltime appointment). Only those costs that are considered legitimate for a NWO Veni can be submitted for a EUR Fellowship. This means that only direct project costs (salary costs and equipment costs incurred in support of the research project) can be financed by a EUR Fellowship. The faculty is responsible for indirect costs such as salary costs for teaching and management tasks, and overhead.

    or;
  • € 150,000 in the case of Vidi and ERC Starting Grant. These Fellowships can be used over a period of a maximum of four years (in the event of a fulltime appointment).
    The Fellowship can be applied for the following:
    1. For the purpose of the researcher itself;
    2. For the deployment of a Postdoc;
    3. For the deployment of an AIO.
    The proviso that applies is that only direct project costs can be applied for within the EUR Fellowships. This means that only direct project costs (salary costs and equipment costs incurred in support of the research project) can be financed by a EUR Fellowship. The faculty is responsible for indirect costs such as salary costs for teaching and management tasks, and overhead.
    With regards to the deployment of an AIO the coordinating faculty is obliged to provide additional funding to the € 150,000 of the EUR Fellowship up till the amount needed to finance the four year fulltime deployment as PhD.

A total amount of € 1,410,000 is available each year for the awarding of EUR Fellowships. The research project must be initiated within six months of the awarding of a EUR Fellowship. In principle each year 10 Fellowships are to be awarded. However, in case the selection committee is not convinced of the quality of the proposals, the committee can decide to award less then 10 Fellowships. Considering the origin of a part of the means for the EUR Fellowships, the part that is earmarked by the Ministery of Education for the execution of alfa- or gamma- research, up to a maximum of 5 of the 10 Fellowships can be awarded to the Erasmus MC.

3.2   Appointment
The EUR Fellow must be appointed to a faculty of the Erasmus University Rotterdam for at least the term of the research project as described in the proposal.  

3.3   Suspension and discontinuation
A EUR Fellowship can only be deferred or suspended with the prior written permission of the Executive Board. The Board will grant permission for deferment in the case of a) pregnancy and birth, and b) other exceptional circumstances under which not granting permission would in the opinion of the Board result in preponderant unfairness.

If the researcher leaves the Erasmus University Rotterdam, or for any other reason discontinues all activities associated with the EUR Fellowship study, the remaining resources will be released and awarded during the next round of EUR Fellowships, possibly after deducting an incentive bonus as referred to in Article 3.4. Discontinuation of all activities associated with the EUR Fellowship study must be made known in a letter submitted to the Executive Board.

3.4   Incentive Bonus
The Erasmus University Rotterdam also encourages EUR Fellows to acquire external financing during their Fellowship.

In case of the Veni: in the event that the EUR Fellow acquires the same external financing (Veni) within 1 year after having been awarded a EUR Fellowship, the part of the EUR Fellowship that has not yet been used needs to be returned per the date of the start of the respective project. The EUR Fellow can submit an application to the Executive Board requesting permission to use a portion of the remaining Fellowship funds as an additional research budget on top of the acquired grant. This amount should never exceed half of the remaining fellowship funds and is limited to a maximum of € 25,000. The amount awarded to the EUR Fellow as additional research budget is no longer available for allocation during the new EUR Fellowships round.

In case of the Vidi and the ERC Starting Grant: in the event that the EUR Fellow acquires the same external funding (Vidi/ERC Starting Grant) within 1 year after having been awarded a EUR Fellowship, the part of the EUR Fellowship that has not yet been used needs to be returned per the date of the start of the respective project. In case the EUR Fellowship has been used to deploy a Postdoc or an AIO, the costs for the remaining period of the respective deployment need to be financed from the respective acquired external funding.

3.5   Contribution Science Hub EUR
In Science Hub EUR pupils aged 8 to 14 learn about science and research. Every year scientists play an important role in workshops, lessons and classes that are organised for the target group. EUR fellows may be invited to contribute to this project for approximately 3 part-times during their fellowship. Participation when invited, however, can not be refused. How these 3 part-times will be fulfilled is open for discussion.  

4.      The Application

4.1   Proposal
Candidates for a EUR Fellowship must be nominated by a professor associated with Erasmus University Rotterdam. The application must be submitted via the intermediation and with the approval of the Dean of the faculty to the Executive Board with a copy sent to the EUR Fellowships Coordinator. Any explanation about the research proposal will not be considered as part of the argument in granting a EUR Fellowship. In the case of an application for deployment of a Postdoc or an AIO, other than the candidate researcher itself, the Dean should explicitly declare in the proposal to agree to the deployment of that Postdoc or AIO and to provide the resources necessary to do so.

4.2   Contents of the Application

An application must contain the following elements:

In case of Veni:
a) The complete Veni application as submitted to NWO.
b) All NWO evaluations of the Veni application (including the final decision), and if available, all correspondence concerning the evaluations.
c) A modified version of the Veni application that fits within the term of the EUR Fellowship.
It is specifically not the intent for a completely new proposal to be submitted.
A maximum of 1,300 words containing the elements of the Veni proposal to  be carried out is sufficient. Please herewith indicate clearly what adjustments have been made with regards to the original Veni application.
d) A modified version of the Veni budget estimate that fits within the EUR Fellowship’s term and budget. The modified budget estimate must be consistent with the description of the elements to be carried out (Part c).
e) An argumentation on why a EUR Fellowship is being solicited.
f) Details of the responsible professor: name, field of teaching, faculty, work address.

In case of Vidi:
a) The complete Vidi application as submitted to NWO.
b) All NWO evaluations of the Vidi application (including the final decision), and if available, all correspondence concerning the evaluations.
c) A modified version of the Vidi application that fits within the term of the EUR Fellowship.
It is specifically not the intent for a completely new proposal to be submitted.
A maximum of 1,300 words containing the elements of the Vidi proposal to  be carried out is sufficient (for the research itself or for the deployment of a Postdoc or an AIO).
d) A modified version of the Vidi budget estimate that fits within the EUR Fellowship’s term and budget. The modified budget estimate must be consistent with the description of the elements to be carried out (Part c).
e) An argumentation on why a EUR Fellowship is being solicited.
f) Details of the responsible professor: name, field of teaching, faculty, work address.
g) In the case of an application for deployment of a Postdoc or an AIO, other than the candidate researcher itself, the Dean should explicitly declare in the proposal to agree to the deployment of that Postdoc or AIO and to provide the resources necessary to do so.

In case of ERC Starting Grant:
a) The complete ERC Starting Grant application as submitted to European Commission.
b) All evaluations by the European Commission of the ERC Starting Grant application (including the final decision), and if available, all correspondence concerning the evaluations.
c) A modified version of the ERC Starting Grant application that fits within the term of the EUR Fellowship. It is specifically not the intent for a completely new proposal to be submitted. A maximum of 1,300 words containing the elements of the ERC Starting Grant proposal to  be carried out is sufficient (for the research itself or for the deployment of a Postdoc or an AIO).
d) A modified version of the ERC Starting Grant budget estimate that fits within the EUR Fellowship’s term and budget. The modified budget estimate must be consistent with the description of the elements to be carried out (Part c).
e) An argumentation on why a EUR Fellowship is being solicited.
f) Details of the responsible professor: name, field of teaching, faculty, work address.
g) In the case of an application for deployment of a Postdoc or an AIO, other than the candidate researcher itself, the Dean should explicitly declare in the proposal to agree to the deployment of that Postdoc or AIO and to provide the resources necessary to do so.

4.3   Date of Submission
The application must be submitted no later than Tuesday 1 December 2015.

4.4   Submission
Send a submission digitally. All aspects of the submission as mentioned in a-f/g (see 4.2) need to be included in that order in one pdf-file.
Send the application to vanroosmalen@remove-this.ubib.eur.nl.

5.      Evaluation

5.1   Evaluation Criteria
The proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The quality and talent of the researcher (evident from sources such as publications, mobility, evolution of CV, awards, network, age and a career focused on research).
  • The quality of the research proposal (evident from aspects such as relevance, feasibility, originality, impact and innovative nature of the research proposal).
  • The description of the ambition(s) of the researcher.

5.2   Procedure
The EUR Fellowships Coordinator assesses whether the submitted proposals are complete and meet the specified requirements.
The proposals are subsequently submitted to the members of the selection committee who individually evaluate the proposals against the specified criteria and prepare a ranking. The proposals with the highest rankings are discussed in a plenary session by the jury members who prepare a recommendation for consideration by the Executive Board. The Board, with due consideration to the advice received, appoints the winners.[1]

5.3   Composition of the Selection Committee
The selection committee consists of the Rector Magnificus (Chairman) and a minimum of four EUR professors. The composition of the committee shall be such that it avoids conflicts of interest and strives for a broad base of expertise. The committee will be assisted by the EUR Fellowships Coordinator. 


[1] The NWO evaluation(s) (in case of Veni and Vidi) and evaluation(s) of the European Commission (in case of the ERC Starting Grant) is (are) used in support of the evaluation process. However, the selection committee may arrive at a different conclusion, as a result of which it is possible that a candidate receiving a lower rating by NWO or the European Commission receives a EUR Fellowship, while a candidate with a higher rating does not.

 

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Sanna (S.) van Roosmalen MSc MBA
Research Support Office
010-4089529
vanroosmalen@remove-this.ubib.eur.nl