RESPIRE3 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowships 2017

Publish Date: Dec 27, 2016

Deadline: Mar 01, 2017

About the fellowship

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) is pleased to announce the launch of the 1st call of the EU co-funded RESPIRE3 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship programme, helping to boost scientific networks across Europe and beyond. 

Why apply for a RESPIRE3 Fellowship?

RESPIRE3 Research Fellowships offer a unique opportunity to young scientists who aspire to be future leaders in the respiratory field. The programme has a strong focus on career development alongside providing attractive working conditions. 
RESPIRE3 offers flexibility as applicants can choose between the new, 3-year Global Fellowships or 2-year European Fellowships. 

Who can apply?

We invite candidates from all disciplines to apply with a project in respiratory medicine/science. Candidates must have a PhD or at least 4 years of full-time research experience and will be required to have at least 1 first author publication in an international peer-reviewed journal at the time of application. Transnational mobility is required. 

Where are the Fellowships taking place?

Applicants can choose between an ever-expanding list of pre-registered host centres, also depending on whether they are applying for European or Global Fellowships. Currently more than 50 institutions are featured on the RESPIRE3 Web Host Registry, but further host centres still have an opportunity to apply through an open rolling call.

RESPIRE3 European Fellowships (exactly 24 months)

  1. European Fellowships are, to some extent, similar to what previously available through RESPIRE2. However, a number of amendments have been introduced in light of new H2020 requirements as well as the feedback and evaluation from previous programmes, as set out in the 2017 Application Guidelines.

  2. Applicants for European Fellowships should develop and submit a research project covering

    exactly 24 months; failure to do so will mean that the application will not be considered eligible.

  3. The 2-year European Fellowship programme may be potentially extended - if approved by ERS and a period in industry is secured by fellow/host - to an additional third year. This third year will be either entirely or partially spent in industry or the non-academic sector (min. 4 months, max. 12 months) and – if applicable – combined with a period at the host centre. It will be a continuation of the original research project. 

RESPIRE3 Global Fellowships (exactly 36 months)

  1. The host centre and host supervisor of the return phase in Europe will be the main contact/reference host centre for the purpose of RESPIRE3 and will have the overall responsibility to ensure compliance and the smooth running of the whole fellowship. It will make facilities/resources available for the return phase and it will work closely with the host centre outside of Europe, notably during the initial outgoing phase.

  2. For Global Fellowships, in principle, it will be up to the host centre in Europe (MS or AC) to provide the employment contract covering the full RESPIRE3 fellowship. The fellowship recipient will then be seconded to the host centre in a TC during the initial outgoing phase, in line with general current practices within other EU MSCA and COFUND programmes. In principle, it is not recommended to have two employment contracts (one for the outgoing phase and one for the return phase) and – in light of EU rules – this may even not be possible in every country. However, the ERS Helpdesk remains available to discuss further – if needed - Global Fellowships being a newly introduced offer.

  3. For the return phase, researchers will have the possibility to return to any previous “home” centre (any centre hosting the researchers during their previous career) or any other centre, as long as it is based in Europe (MS or AC).

  4. The return phase back to Europe is mandatory, in order to ensure knowledge transfer and re- integration into the European Research Area. In case of non-fulfilment of this condition, ERS may need to ask for the reimbursement of the total amount granted, in line with H2020 principles.

  5. Applicants wishing to opt for Global Fellowships should clearly provide in the online application form, a clear rationale why and how the objectives of the research project are only attainable by going outside of Europe (e.g. availability of skills, know-how, expertise, facilities, material, training, etc.) during the initial outgoing phase and what are the expected benefits for the mandatory return phase to Europe for the fellowship recipient, the host centre(s) and the wider respiratory specialty.

  6. The application should already contain a full proposal, with project design for both phases. The project carried out during the return phase should be the continuation of the project started during the initial outgoing phase and therefore integral part of the very same proposal. Candidates should clearly identify which steps takes place in which country and how they relate to each other.

  7. Candidates interested in a Global Fellowship, should contact both the host for the outgoing initial phase as well as for the return phase to Europe. As part of the application process, both hosts will need to provide Host Supervisors Acceptance Forms

  8. In order to allow adequate time for the initial outgoing period outside of Europe and the return phase, Global Fellowships will be awarded for a 3-year period. Applicants for Global Fellowships should thus mandatorily develop and submit a research project covering exactly 36 months; failure to do so will mean that the application will not be considered eligible.

  9. Global Fellowships are offered for the first time through the RESPIRE3 programme, in order to

    offer wider choices and options to potential applicants, depending on their research projects and career goals, to foster international long-term collaborations and knowledge transfer as well as to engage with host centres worldwide. This aims to ultimately promote excellence in respiratory science/medicine while strengthening research in the European Research Area (ERA) and beyond.

  10. The allowances destined to the fellowship recipient as well as the management contribution will be in principle transferred via the host centre in Europe with the overall responsibility for the fellowship, but both hosts (outgoing phase & return phase) will need to discuss and agree on financial aspects, in cooperation with the fellowship recipient.

  11. In light of the potential complexity of Global Fellowships, it is highly recommended that the two host centre(s) involved already agree amongst themselves and with the applicant, on the actual details of the cooperation, already during the fellowship application phase. It is highly recommended to carefully check whether the proposed arrangement (e.g. secondment) is feasible in the two concerned countries and two host centres.

  12. If the applicant is selected – before the fellowship starts - the two host centre(s) will, in principle, develop a collaboration/partnership agreement, specific to the needs of the fellowship. While they will be able to develop their own model, in cooperation with the fellowship recipient, the agreement should align with the framework provided by the 2017 Application Guidelines and cover topics such as: dates/timelines, finances, logistics, roles & responsibilities, research project & its funding, facilities/infrastructure, training and career development, decision-making, IPR & confidentiality, reporting, ethics, settlement of disputes, logistical support towards moving to a new country (e.g. visa) etc.

  13. Adequate time should be allowed for administrative and logistical requirements (e.g. visa application, finalisation of collaboration/partnership agreement) linked with moving to a country outside of Europe. Specific support will need to be provided by both host centres with this matter. However, all fellowship should start at the latest by 1 January 2018. It is up to applicants to ensure that they start these procedures as early as possible to comply with this timeframe.

  14. Please also carefully note ethics requirements in section 5 hereunder, as they also apply to Global Fellowships and to research carried out outside of Europe.

Research project & timeline

  1. Selected fellowship recipients will need to be employed to work on the RESPIRE3 fellowship research project in respiratory science/medicine on a full-time basis during the entire fellowship duration. Successful candidates are not allowed to carry out any paid or salaried activities other than those related to the ERS fellowship.

  2. The fellowship research project cannot be split nor reduced. It is critical that the research project plan is realistic, feasible and achievable within the planned timeframe. The project cannot start before the final selection decision and funding is not granted in retrospect for already fully or partly carried out projects.

  3. Between the notification date and the start of the fellowship, successful candidates should complete travel, visa, passport, housing, contract, insurance formalities, if and as needed. To achieve this, they should engage with their host centre(s) and related authorities well ahead of time; this will notably be the case for Global Fellowships. These points should be considered when identifying the starting date and timeline for the research project.

  4. ERS will notify successful candidates by the end of June 2017. The research project must start between 1 July 2017 and 1 January 2018. It cannot normally start after 1 January 2018, in line with the timeline set out with the EU for the RESPIRE3 programme.

  5. Applicants are responsible for developing a project according to their choice of fellowships; otherwise their application might be considered ineligible. Duration of RESPIRE3 Fellowships must thus be:

    •   Exactly 24 months for RESPIRE3 European Fellowships; OR

    •   Exactly 36 months for RESPIRE3 Global Fellowships.

See the full guidelines here.

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