The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation has funds to support the development of talented scientists and to contribute to the establishment of novel areas of research in biological sciences in Italy, while furthering collaborative relationships between Italian scientists and Harvard Medical School (HMS).
The Career Development Award provides three to five years of support for newly independent scientists at an agreed-upon host institute in Italy. It is intended to foster the development of outstanding scientists and enable them to contribute significantly to their field of research. At the same time, the Foundation hopes the Award will provide an incentive for Italian research institutes to strengthen their departments by providing a sufficiently attractive package to entice applications from the best possible candidates. Please note: the application period is March 1 – July 15, 2015.
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ELIGIBILITY AND GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
- be young, emerging scientists with demonstrated productivity and the ability to function as an independent investigator. Previous experience working with or at HMS is desirable but not an essential requirement.
- have a minimum of three years of postdoctoral research experience in basic biological sciences (including at least two years abroad) and be no more than 10 years from having received a PhD. The calculation of the 10 years is made by comparing the date the degree was conferred to the CDA deadline (i.e. July 15, 2015), so this year the degree should have been received no earlier than July 15, 2005.
- be researchers outside of Italy who wish to become part of the community of researchers in Italy. Applicants must be working outside of Italy, not only at the time of application, but also when the award is made and accepted.
- have an agreement for development of a novel research area in a suitable host institution in Italy. Preferably, this is at an institution other than where the candidate has done doctoral study, post-doctoral research or held a job.
- not have a pre-existing contract, independent of this grant, with a prospective host institute in Italy. Applications from candidates who have already been offered an appointment at an Italian host institute will not be considered.
- As part of the preliminary discussion with a host institute, an offer of a tenure-track position is desirable.
- Applicants may apply no more than twice.
The application consists of several elements, some of which need to be uploaded, while others must be emailed. Please have everything ready before you start.
- Application Form: Complete all information requested. At the end of the form you will be prompted to upload the following in pdf format:
- Curriculum Vitae. Your CV must include university grades for all degrees.
- List of Publications.
- Description of Previous Research and where it was conducted (the narrative should not exceed two pages of double-spaced pages with one-inch margins, excluding bibliography). Type should be 12 pt.
- Narrative and Bibliography: Upload a description of your proposed research. This should be written in English in sufficient detail to enable the reviewing committees to appraise it. A level of detail typical of a Scientific American article is appropriate. Review committees will be asked to evaluate the quality of the candidate, the originality and feasibility of the proposed research and the overall contribution that the research could make to the specific area of science.The narrative should not exceed five pages of double-spaced pages with one-inch margins (excluding bibliography). Type should be 12 pt. Include the following sections:
- Introduction: a brief summary of preliminary work or other background material.
- Objectives: a description of what is to be accomplished over three years including an explanation of why the candidate considers this is important for the advancement of this scientific area.
- Scope of Research: a summary of the design and methodologies to be applied.
- Host Institution: a short summary of the academic record of the proposed host institute and an explanation of why the project should be conducted in that particular host institute.
- Bibliography: list publications separately to the five-page narrative.
- Budget: Upload a detailed budget (including assumptions) outlining personnel, equipment, travel, supplies, meeting costs, overhead and taxes, if relevant.
- Other Support: Document all other support, active and pending, indicating principal investigator, sponsor, title of project and award dates. This information can be copied and pasted into the application form. If you have no other support, please indicate this in the relevant box on the application form.
- Three Letters of Reference: These letter should be on institute letterhead, signed and scanned and contain the name of the applicant and referee in the file title (eg MillerL from SmithC.pdf). They must be sent directly from the referee via e-mail to email@example.com by the July 15 deadline.
- Letter of Intent from Host Institute: This should confirm the institute’s full support, encouragement of independent scientific research in general and the applicant in particular, and give a commitment to the applicant’s future career. Like the Letters of Reference, we need a signed copy on institute letterhead, and the name of the applicant and the Host Institute should be included in the file title (eg MillerL from La Sapienza.pdf). The Letter should be sent by the department head to firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail by the July 15 deadline with a cc to the applicant. It is very important that the applicant and department head are in complete agreement on all aspects of the position before submitting the application, and the applicant should be fully in agreement with the contents of the Letter which should:
- Indicate why the department head wishes to have the applicant work in his/her department.
- Illustrate how this research, while remaining independent, complements the other work done in the host institute.
- Clearly state that the host institute offers the necessary facilities to allow the candidate to carry out his/her project and include a description of these facilities including both shared and dedicated lab space, administrative/research help available, etc.
- Confirm that the department is willing to take on the administrative responsibilities involved in accepting the grant and furthering the career of the awardee, including mentoring.
- Indicate the agreed salary, the employment grade level and contract type, and the plan for future career development.
- Confirm that the host institute and the applicant are in complete agreement as to the terms under which the applicant would take up a position at the host institute, including salary and benefits, position, ranking, responsibilities, time frame for review, mentoring, and the possibilities of a permanent position.
On-line applications can be submitted between March 1 and July 15, 2015. It will not be possible to submit an application for 2015 later than July 15. You should receive an email confirming your successful submission of the application. If you do not receive a confirmation, please send an email to Elisabetta Vitali (email address below).
If you have any questions concerning this application or the program, please contact:
Ms. Elisabetta Vitali, Program Administrator of Italian Programs
The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation
Tel: +1 617 384 5182