(Stage 1: NATIONAL SELECTION)
for research in Italian scientific
& Frequently Asked Questions For Potential EURYI Applicants And
Awards (versione italiana)
Instructions for applications
to be submitted within the ESF 4° EURYI Program international Call
The purpose of this Notice is to provide additional instructions concerning
the italian selection procedure aimed at choosing 5 candidates to be
proposed by CNR for the international competition within the 4th Call
of the EURYI Program (European Young Investigators Awards)
Every signatory national Agency can send in, for the international evaluation,
a pre-fixed number of applications, this number depending on the amount
of each Agency's financial contribution to the Program.
For what Italy is concerned, this year CNR has scheduled to propose
up to a max of 5 candidates. INFN participates with 2 more candidates.
For what applicants are concerned, all citizenships are admitted. Candidates
must hold a doctoral degree (PhD), obtained in Italy or abroad, the
defence date of which will be between 24 and 96 months, prior to the
closing date of the Call, not including possible career breaks (maternity/paternity
leave, serious certified health reasons or military service). Specialization
degrees obtained within the faculty of Medicine are not considered equivalent
to research doctorates and cannot be accepted in their place.
CNR accepts proposals dealing with all disciplines, with the exception
of those falling under the competence of INFN (Istituto Nazionale di
Fisica Nucleare) which also joins the EURYI Program; it's kindly requested
to check beforehand the list of all scientific fields pertaining to
INFN which can be found within the list of the european Institutions
participating in the Program (annex-1 "List of EUROHORCs Participating
Organizations") in the text of the Call:
See Call's text.
Proposing/hosting institution - Applications must be submitted
by public research Institutions, Universities and private no-profit
research Centers which intend to host the applicant and his/her research
project. (download the fac-simile submission letter DOC_version.
Supranational Institutions or those ruled by an international statute
(e.g. Ispra's European Research Centre or ICGEB) are not eligible.
A candidate is supposed to contact beforehand the italian Institution
where he/she wishes to carry out his/her research project and obtain
an official authorization signed by the legal representative of the
application form, pag.3 - 4thCallapp_form.doc, 4thCallapp_form.pdf)
and a support letter (Application form - appendix 2). He/she will also
ask the prospective hosting institution to submit the application to
CNR using the ad hoc submission letter fac-simile.
The candidate is also requested to make sure that the host institution,
in case of a EURYI Award win, will free him/her from any other work
obligation (i.e.teaching or clinic activity) so to be able to devote
all his/her time to the carrying out of the researches connected to
the EURYI project.
Pre-selection by the host Institution - In order to focus the
national-stage selection on those proposals having the best chances
of success in the 2° stage evaluation (international level), hosting
Institutions are strongly invited to pre-select candidates and submit
to CNR only the most competitive ones.
Expenses covered by the Award
According to the rules fixed by all member Organizations participating
in Euryi in the Memorandum
of Understanding and in the Call
text, the Award will last a five year period and its amount could
vary from 750,000 to 1,250,000 ( 150-250,000 per
year) depending on the proposed expenditure estimate and how the same
is judged adequate to the carrying out of the research project.
The grant will cover:
- The Euryi awardee's salary (agreed upon with the host Institution
by signing a five year long contract. The host Institution will level
the pay check of the Euryi Award holder to the salaries payed to its
personnel having equivalent age and professional qualification). The
average salary level considered is that of senior researchers at national
research institutions or associate professors at universities
- The granting of fellowships for graduates and PhD students
- The temporary recruitment of researchers (research grants, post-doc
grants/contracts) and technical personnel
- The expenses directly connected to the carrying out of the research
project in the host Institution (consumables, travelling, registrabile
material, overheads -not exceeding 10%, etc.)
National-level selection will follow the below steps:
- one or more CNR Boards of Experts will view the applications to
check whether they meet the standards fixed by the international competition.
National and international referees will be then singled out (at least
three per application). Prioriry will be given to international referees.
- The selected referees will examine and evaluate single proposals
following the criteria established in the Call (below mentioned).
Each referee will be asked to evaluate only one proposal. The candidate
is allowed to give CNR the names of two scholars to be not included
among the possible evaluators of his/her proposal, by adding to the
required documents a signed paper containing the two names. In order
to avoid difficulties in choosing the international referees and getting
their acceptance, the candidate is kindly requested to mention no
more than two names
- The referees' evaluations will be looked over and classified by
the above mentioned CNR Boards of Experts; candidates who received
the best scores and particularly detailed and praising comments on
the proposal and CV, will be included in a shortlist to be submitted
to CNR's top executives for the final selection of the 5 candidates
to the international stage evaluation.
- note that in the second stage selection, applications will be reviewed
by scientists of great renown (possibly including Nobel Prizes winners)
joining macrofields panels.
Referees and international panels will take into account the
features as detailed in the text of the Call, regarding the applicant
and the research project. Please refer to text
of the Call for details.
A particular mention is to be made to the research unit within the host
Institution: the evaluation will take into account
Standards of excellence internationally acknowledged (as
resulting also from the description given in part E of the application
form, mentioning particularly advanced research activities carried out
in the Centre, collaborations with other italian or foreign institutions,
researchers and publications that gained particular prestige at an international
level, use of innovative equipment, statistics on the impact factor
Suitability for hosting the applicant, for providing the
proposed research with all the means necessary for the achievement of
its goals. The host Institution must give its formal commitment giving
accurate information on the resources the applicant will be allowed
to make use of and on research collaboration opportunities
Each candidate can submit only one proposal. Should other applications
be submitted to other participating european Institutions, the candidate
will be officially declared out of the selection procedure.
Application forms and related attached documents must be filled out/written
According to the italian selection rules, the applicant is requested
to state the authenticity of what declared in CV (to be attached to
CV itself) using the enclosed ad hoc form (facsimile) see below mentioned
How to submit an application
Applications, complete of all required documents, will have to be forwarded
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche
Direzione Generale - Progetto European Science Foundation
Dr. Anna D'Amato
P.le Aldo Moro, 7 - 00185 Roma - Italy
Applications must be received by CNR within 7,00 p.m.
of November 30th 2006 (by mail, courier, hand delivery) and the
date stamped on the application by CNR-Ufficio Accettazione Corrispondenza-
will be considered the only evidence of the proposal's arrival at this
In order to speed up the evaluation procedure, the application (pdf
format) will have to be also forwarded to CNR - Progetto European
Science Foundation - by electronic mail to the following address: email@example.com
For further information: Stefania Zitelli (firstname.lastname@example.org),
ph. 0039 06 4993 3002.
Documents to be submitted
1) Hosting Institution's submission form (as above mentioned, duly filled
out and signed by the legal representative of the institution itself),
which will include the institution's administrative data and specific
reference to the proposed candidate.
2) Application form in english filled out by each candidate proposed
by the applying Institution, which will contain the following documents:
- part A: both the candidate and the proposing Institution's
administrative details, a brief summary of both the research project
and of the costs estimate
- part B: the candidate's profile
- part C: a description of the research project
- part D: Financial Plan and Justification of Resources Awarded
- A detailed plan (sketched in part A) for the 5-year period according
to the standard procedures of the participating organisation, specifying
the proposed use of each expenditure item.
- part E: a document officially stating 1) the host Institution's
international acknowledgement 2) the Institution's accessibility to
equipment and further facilities 3) the candidate's past or ongoing
collaborations with the Istitution itself and 4) the reasons for choosing
that specific hosting Institution to carry out the research project.
- Enclosure 1: the candidate's professional CV (max 10 A4 sheets)
which will have to include a list of publications and an affidavit
(item 47 DPR 445/ 28.12.2000) to be written following faithfully the
fac-simile downloadable autocertification
- Enclosure 2: the host Institution's acceptance letter containing
a description of its research facilities, its accessibility and the
extent of the candidate's accessibility to the same; possible authorized
access to other Institutions' facilities; technical support services,
scientific support and collaboration by research community members
either in linked areas or in cases where a synergy can be developed
(i.e. nanotechnologies, IT)
- Enclosure 3: recommendation letters (in english) released
by no more than two internationally well known scientists. In case
of more than two recommendation letters, the candidate is requested
to inform CNR (with a written notice) on the two letters he/she wishes
to be considered in the refereeing procedure.
- additional letter, should this be appropriate, specifying
the names of the two scholars to be not involved in the peer review
process : to be sent by fax (0039 06 49932905) or e-mail and not to
be included in the set of application documents in pdf format.
It is strongly suggested to view (beforehand) both the Call, the MOU and
the Guidelines (Guidelines
& Frequently Asked Questions For Potential EURYI Applicants And Awardees
texts in either ESF or CNR web sites or clicking on the links contained
in this document.
A description of the past EURYI Prize winning projects is available
in the ESF web site (www.esf.org)
together with the winners profiles.