Talent@UniPD: Call Starting Grant 2022

The Talent @UniPD programme is a scouting initiative promoted by the University of Padua and aimed at identifying outstanding candidates for the “ERC Starting Grant 2022" call, funded by the European Commission Framework programme Horizon Europe, with deadline on January 13th, 2022.

Selected participants will be supported at each stage of their ERC proposal preparation and submission.

Principal Investigators who should be funded by the ERC will be offered a variety of benefits, which are set according to the University current regulations.

  What does the ERC fund?

The ERC mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. Projects shall be written in accordance with a Host Institution of an EU Country Member or Partner Country.

  How does the profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator (PI) look like?

PIs may be researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of a PhD, or equivalent degree. Extensions are possible, e.g. for maternity/paternity leave, long-term illness, national military service, clinical training.

PIs are expected to have produced significant publications as main authors in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals as main author and without the participation of their PhD supervisor. The results obtained by the PI, detailed in his/her CV, must show the potential for research independence and the capacity to carry out original research.

Other recurring features of PIs funded by the ERC

  • a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences;
  • international prizes/awards;
  • research periods spent in top-rated institutions;
  • recipient of research grants as PI;
  • figures for bibliometric indicators (e.g. h-index, number of attracted citations, etc.), that are above average in the candidate’s research field.

  How to apply

If your profile meets the above-mentioned requirements and you intend to choose the University of Padua as Host Institution for your ERC grant application, send us an email no later than 27th September 2021 (individual.grants@unipd.it) and include the following attachments:

All documents will be treated confidentially.

Any incomplete application and/or CV and track record that are non-compliant with the provided templates will not be considered.

  What support is offered by the University of Padua International Research Office to selected candidates?

Successful Talent@Unipd participants, after approval of their hosting Department, will benefit from a variety of consulting services, at the different stages of their ERC application:

A) Proposal Writing

  • CV and  project proposal enhancement through focused meetings with experts
  • Support during each stage of the proposal preparation (part B1 and B2). Full review of draft proposal
  • Budget definition and resources justification

B) If your proposal is retained for step 2 of the evaluation process and you are invited to the interview

  • Training course and mock interview coaching carried out in collaboration with a qualified expert team
  • Intensive English course (if necessary)

C) If you are funded by the ERC and carry out your project at UNIPD

  • You will be offered a tenure track position or permanent position at the University of Padua and a set of benefits determined by current regulations (DM 635/2016 art. 7,2). The position offered to ERC awardees will be agreed with their Hosting Department
  • You will be supported in the negotiation phase with ERCEA and in the management and reporting of the project, in cooperation with the Hosting Department

D) If the project has received an “A” score, but will not be funded due to the limited budget of ERC

The University of Padua offers the possibility to apply for alternative funding under the Supporting TAlent in ReSearch @University of Padua - STARS Grants (Wild Cards category): https://www.unipd.it/stars

Closed calls

Call Starting Grant 2022
Call Consolidator Grant 2022
Call Starting & Consolidator Grant 2021
Call Starting Grant 2020
Call Starting Grant 2019
Call Starting Grant 2018
Call Consolidator Grant 2020
Call Consolidator Grant 2019
Call Consolidator Grant 2018

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