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Selection Criteria

The overarching selection criterion is excellence. The evaluation process will take into account the candidate’s research achievements as well as the potential to carry out independent and truly innovative research. Bibliometric indices will be properly balanced within a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management of research and innovation, and public awareness activities. For candidates from an industrial background, contributions to patenting and development of inventions will be carefully considered. Also, mobility experiences and changes from one discipline/sector to another will be considered as a valuable contribution to the professional development of a researcher. Finally, career breaks for justified reasons (military service, parenthood, family care) will be properly considered to ensure a fair selection.

The evaluation process will be articulated in two sequential steps:

Step 1. International Peer-Review Evaluation

  • Curriculum vitae (40/100): Mobility experience; Research experience; Research skills acquired, ability for scientific analysis, leadership, management, autonomy; Scientific production in terms of publications, patents, attendance of international conferences, etc.;
  • Research Project Proposal (50/100): Overall quality and originality of the proposal; Appropriateness of work plan and feasibility of the project (time and resources); Adequacy of experience (according to the applicant’s profile) to carry out the proposal; Expected impact on society (e.g. socio-economic impact on a local, regional or international level, transferability);
  • Research Context (10/100): Strategic relevance to the research domain; Potential for cooperation with the host research domain; Availability of infrastructure and equipment.

Step 2. Interview for top-scoring Applications

  • Research Skills (40/100): Competence and previous experience; Data analysis and interpretation; Logically design of experiments; Scientific background;
  • Communication Skills (30/100): Written communication skills; Oral communication skills; Effectively presents work;
  • Interpersonal Skills (30/100): Team Working; Reliability and Attendance and Punctuality; Attitude