Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University is seeking applications from high-calibre early career researchers currently based outside the United Kingdom, or those that have very recently arrived, for one of three available 3 year-long fellowship opportunities in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) related subjects and Applied Social Sciences in Wales commencing by 1st September 2017 as part of the Welsh Government's Sêr Cymru II programme.
  • Potential applicants need to note that there is a two-stage submission process. The deadline for submission of 1st stage, 'Expression of Interest' applications is on 26th January 2017
  • Those shortlisted from the 1st stage will be invited to submit detailed 2nd stage submissions prior to a deadline of 20th February 2017; this will enable costings for shortlisted projects to be approved prior to final  submission by 1st March 2017 to Welsh Government.

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BACKGROUND

The Sêr Cymru II programme is a suite of projects part funded by the European Commission and is a part of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Professor Julie Williams' strategy to increase research capacity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) related subjects in Wales. The programme is also open to researchers working in relevant areas of applied social science (applied to the STEMM disciplines).  The programme is designed to attract the highest calibre candidates from outside the United Kingdom to work in excellent research groups in Welsh Universities.

Through support from the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND scheme via the SIRCIW project or the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) scheme, more than 150 new posts to work with stellar researchers in universities in Wales will be created.

Three of the new fellowship posts are to be supported at Cardiff Metropolitan University, each supported through the SIRCIW project and commencing by 1st September 2017.

Fellowships will be 3 years in length and can involve collaboration with a relevant commercial partner.

APPLICATION

Collaboration

Potential applicants should not develop proposals on their own, but rather, in collaboration with one of 15 potential academic supervisors at Cardiff Metropolitan University whom they should approach.  An early approach by fellowship applicants to the academic of interest to establish contact and to start scoping projects (i.e. no later than one week prior to 1st stage deadline of 26th January 2017) is therefore strongly advised. The co-operation and support of the intended fellowship supervisors will be need to be evidenced during both of the two stages of the application process.

The 15 potential academic supervisors at Cardiff Metropolitan University and their e-mail contact details are listed here:

​STEMM Area ​Cardiff Met Academic School ​Potential Fellowship Supervisor ​E-mail contact
​Applied Social Science​CSMDr Caroline Ritchie critchie@cardiffmet.ac.uk​ 
​Applied Social Science​CSHS Dr ​Andrew Watt  awatt@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Engineering​PDRDr Peter Dorrington pdorrington@pdronline.co.uk ​
​Field Science
​CSHS ​Dr Rachel Adams RAdams@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Field Science​CSHS ​Dr Sarah Maddockssmaddocks@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Field Science​CSHS Dr ​Claire Kelly  ckelly@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​​Interdisciplinary​PDR ​Dr Katie Beverley kbeverley@pdronline.co.uk​
​​Interdisciplinary​PDR Professor ​Andrew Waltersatwalters@pdronline.co.uk
​Interdisciplinary​PDRDr Dominic Eggbeer deggbeer@pdronline.co.uk​
​Interdisciplinary​CSAD Professor Robert Pepperell rpepperell@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Interdisciplinary​CSM ​Professor Tom Crick tcrick@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Maths​CSM ​Professor Tom Crick tcrick@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​​Medicine​CSHS ​Professor Keith Morris kmorris@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​​Medicine​CSS Professor ​Rob Shavershave@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​​Medicine​CSHS Dr ​Barry McDonnellbmcdonnell@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Technology​CSM ​Dr Chaminda Hewage chewage@cardiffmet.ac.uk

As a guideline to supervisors, applications are invited from applicants scoring 7 or above on the criteria in the 'EOI APPROVAL PANEL EVALUATION CRITERIA' section below. However, depending on the number and calibre of applications, after ranking, it is possible that applicants scoring 7 may not be selected by the panel for support by Cardiff Met.

Application Process

The closing date for this call is 1st March 2017, however, the internal Cardiff Met deadline for 1st stage submissions of expressions of interest (EoIs) is 10am on Thursday 26th January. This is expected to be the only call for this scheme. A schematic representation of the application process can be accessed by clicking the link below:

COFUND Application Process


ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be Experienced Researchers (ERs) at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals i.e. that they are in possession of a doctoral degree (or have at least four years of full time equivalent research experience) plus approximately 3 – 5 years' postdoctoral research experience. 

Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals on 1st March 2017 (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).

DOCUMENTS FOR PRESENTING FOR APPROVAL TO PROCEED TO FULL APPLICATION

1. Fellow’s CV and Track Record (max. 3 pages A4 in Arial, single spaced lines, no smaller than point size 11 with margins of at least 20mm at the sides and 10mm at the top and bottom), listing:

1.1  PhD Certificate date and/or number of years postdoctoral research experience

1.2  Confirmation of meeting mobility requirement (if applicable)

1.3  Important Publications and Citations (use appropriate discipline related index, excluding self-citations)

1.4  Highlight (*) which publications have been without PhD supervisor

1.5  Invited Conference Presentations

1.6  Granted patents / Prizes / awards / professional memberships

1.7  Research grant awards / experience

1.8  Experience of leadership / mentoring staff – PhD students, PDRA etc.


2. Cardiff Met Academic's Combined Statement of Support and CV

2.1  CV – 1 page A4, highlighting the academic's specific experience in the field of the proposed project

2.2  Statement of Support – 1 page A4 which includes:

        i.  Cardiff Met supervisor's assessment of the quality of the candidates research experience and publications

        ii.  Strategic fit of the candidate within the department

        iii.  Confirmation that the academic has contacted the fellow's 2 referees (who know Fellow's work and proposed
              research field) and confirmed his/her suitability for the fellowship.


3. Project Proposal (max. 3 pages A4)

3.1  Title of the project

3.2  Short Summary (½ page) of the proposed project in 'layperson's' terms.

3.3  1 page specialist case; including a brief description of (i) novel aspects of the project and (ii) expected contribution to
        advancements in the project field

3.4  ½ page impact case and planned outputs

3.5  Statement – YES/NO of alignment with Science for Wales Grand Challenge areas                    -
        (http://gov.wales/docs/det/publications/120306scienceen.pdf ) and Ser Cymru National Research Networks (if
        applicable) http://gov.wales/topics/science-and- technology/science/growing-research-in-wales/national-research- networks/?
          lang=en

NB Not an eligibility requirement


4.  Evidence of support from Institute Director or nominee

(e.g. e-mail attachment specifying: fit of fellow's expertise with e.g. research/research groups, IRCs and other activities within the Dept./Institute and its/their Research Strategy; inter-disciplinary potential; capacity building/links with existing funding e.g. awarded grants and Welsh Government activities e.g. NRN etc.)

 

Please submit EoI Checklist documents together in one pdf file using the naming protocol EoI  [FellowSurname] [Supervisor Surname]   e.g. EoI HUSSEIN JONES to cofund@cardiffmet.ac.uk by 10am on Thursday, 26th January 2017.

EOI APPROVAL PANEL EVALUATION CRITERIA

Applications will be assessed according to not only the excellence of the applicants, but also their research proposal and their strategic fit at both stages. The quality of the applicant and research proposal must be very high i.e. Royal Society / Research Council United Kingdom CUK Fellowship level and candidates should have an outstanding CV for their career stage.  

Please see the Assessment Criteria section below for additional guidance and the scoring matrix that will be used by the Expression of Interest (EoI) panel.

Panel

  • Pro VC Research
  • Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies
  • Deputy Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies
  • Administrative support (RESEO)

Evaluation Criteria

1.  Quality of the applicant (Royal Society / RCUK Fellowship level and outstanding CV for their career stage)

2.  Quality, innovative aspects, and credibility of research idea (scheme evaluation criteria

3.  Strategic fit within Department/Institute and to Supervisor's own research (including level of support from the
     Institute)

NB Quality of the applicant and the proposal will the scored separately using the table below. In the final scoring, the emphasis is on the candidate calibre and NOT the research proposal i.e. an excellent proposal cannot compensate for a poorer calibre CV.

Score Fellow (taking into account their career stage/time since PhD) Proposal
10

The fellow's achievements are outstanding

and represent world-leading standards in terms of quality, significance and scientific impact. The applicant is on a clear trajectory to become a world-class research leader.

 

The proposed work is outstanding and

represents world-leading standards in terms of quality, significance and scientific impact

 

9

The fellow's achievements are excellent and represent world-class standards in terms of quality, significance and scientific impact. The applicant is likely to become a world-class research leader.

 

The proposed work is excellent and represents world-class standards in terms of quality, significance and scientific impact.

 

8

The fellow's achievements are very good, contain aspects of excellence, and represent high standards in terms of quality, significance and scientific impact. The applicant demonstrates potential to become a world- class research leader.

 

The proposed work is very good, contains aspects of excellence, and represents high standards in terms of quality, significance and scientific impact.

 

7The fellow's achievements are of a good quality, internationally competitive, at the forefront of research and have a high level of scientific impact.The proposed work is of a good quality, internationally competitive, at the forefront of UK research and has a high level of scientific impact.
6The fellow's achievements are of a good quality, on the borderline between nationally and internationally competitive, and have a good level of scientific impact.

The proposed work is of a good quality, on the borderline between nationally and internationally competitive, and has a good level of scientific impact.

 

5The fellow's achievements are of a good quality, have some scientific merit, but re not at the leading edge.

The proposed work is of a good quality, has some scientific merit, but is not at the leading edge.

 

4

The fellow's achievements are of a good quality, have some scientific merit, but have a number of weaknesses.

 

The proposed work is of a good quality, has some scientific merit, but has a number of weaknesses.

 

3The fellow's achievements are of a satisfactory quality.

The proposed work is of a satisfactory quality. It would provide some new knowledge, but fails to provide reasonable evidence and justification for the proposal.

 

2The fellow's achievements are weak in terms of quality, significance and scientific impact, and have only a few strengths.

The proposed work is weak in terms of quality, significance and scientific impact, and has only a few strengths.

 

1The fellow's achievements are of an unsatisfactory quality and are unlikely to have advanced the field.

The proposed work is of an

unsatisfactory quality and is unlikely to

advance the field



DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR FULL STAGE APPLICATIONS

Documents required for those successful at expression of interest stage are available for reference at any time prior to 1st March 2017.

https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/support-and-funding-researchers/s%C3%AAr-cymru-ii/s%C3%AAr-cymru-ii-fellowships

Applicants for the 1st stage are STRONGLY ADVISED to refer to these noting that if invited to submit a 2nd stage proposal that the deadline for submission of full drafts to cofund@cardiffmet.ac.uk  is 20th February at 10am.

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