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 is 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 Fellows 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.
Researchers that have submitted an admissible proposal for a NWO Veni, but who, for budgetary reasons, did not receive a NWO Veni, in spite of receiving a good evaluation, qualify for a EUR Fellowship that year. A good NWO evaluation is defined as an 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. Also researchers who do not meet the NWO Veni requirements (i.e. graduated more than three years ago), do not qualify for a EUR Fellowship.
3. Grant Conditions
The EUR Fellowship comprises a payment of Є 135,000 that 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 a 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.
A total amount of Є 810,000 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.
A 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.
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 a EUR Fellow leaves, acquires external funding, 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 the event that the EUR Fellow acquires external financing (NWO/KNAW/European), 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 Є 25,000. The amount awarded to the EUR Fellow as additional research budget is no longer available for allocation during the new EUR Fellows round.
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 target group. EUR-fellows may be invited to contribute to this project for approximately 5 part-times during their fellowship. How these 5 part-times will be fulfilled is open for discussion.
4. The Application
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.
4.2 Contents of the Application
An application must contain the following elements:
a) The complete Veni application as submitted to the NWO.
b) All evaluations of the Veni application 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 two A4s containing the elements of the Veni proposal to be carried out is sufficient.
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) Details of the responsible professor: name, field of teaching, faculty, work address.
4.3 Date of Submission
The application must be submitted no later than Monday, 10 November 2014. The date on which the Veni awards are announced by NWO will be taken into consideration in setting the deadline each year. If the NWO process experiences delays, the EUR Fellowships Coordinator can defer the deadline for submitting EUR Fellowship applications.
Send a submission digitally. All aspects of the submission as mentioned in a-e (see 4.2) need to be included in that order in one pdf-file. Send application firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, age and a career focused on research).
- The quality of the research proposal (evident from aspects such as relevancy, feasibility, originality and impact).
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 evaluation 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.
5.3 Evaluation Committee Composition
The evaluation committee consists of three EUR professors chaired by the Rector Magnificus. The composition of the committee shall be such that it avoids conflicts of interest and strives for a broad base of expertise.