Academic Applications for fellowship programmes-UBB-2023

PREAMBLE

The ongoing programme for strengthening and supporting research excellence at the Babeș-Bolyai University (UBB) is further developed through the “STAR-UBB Academic Research Network of Excellence (STAR-UBB-N)” project https://cercetare.ubbcluj.ro/ro/proiect-pfe-550-ubb-%cb%9dreteaua-academica-de-cercetare-de-excelenta-star-ubb-star-ubb-n%cb%9d/, based on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM+) model implemented at an institutional level and coordinated by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology – STAR-UBB – (STAR – Scientific and Technological Advanced Research). STAR-UBB-N comprises six academic science centres (centres coordinating and connecting the RDI activities in faculty RDI laboratories/units, anchored in the UBB strategic infrastructure), under the coordination of the STAR-UBB Institute. The academic science centres established according to the project are: 1. Virtual Labs Centre, affiliated to the Academic School of Natural and Life Sciences; 2. Virtual & Practical Engineering Centre, affiliated to the Academic School of Engineering and Technology; 3. eHealth/tHealth Centre, affiliated to the Academic School of Health; 4. Big Data & Machine Learning Centre, affiliated to the Academic School of Social Sciences; 5. Digital Arts & Humanities Centre, affiliated to the Academic School of Humanities and Arts; 6. Ethics & Sacred Music Centre, affiliated to the Academic School of Theology. The themes of the centres were specifically selected to reflect: (1) European priorities; (2) multi-/inter-/trans-disciplinary approaches; (3) 21st century professional and scientific human resource development requirements; (4) strategic competitive strengths/advantages of UBB. The project thus aims to reinforce and coordinate the UBB multi-level and interlinked strategic academic/scientific infrastructure, the UBB Academic Schools and the STAR-UBB Institute. The scope of the project, in line with the inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary UBB profile, covers new and emerging technologies, while the specific technologies advanced by the present project fall under the umbrella defined by UBB through its InfoBioNano4Health smart specialisation project. By establishing the STAR-UBB-N network, the multi-/inter-/trans-disciplinary development in the academic culture of UBB is thereby fostered, with a positive impact on the RDI activities and the academic competitiveness of UBB.

Through its Scientific Council and with the support of the STAR-UBB-N Scientific Coordination Council, the STAR-UBB Institute opens, in 2023, applications for the following programmes:

I. INTERNAL ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS:

I.1. POSTDOCTORAL ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS

I.2. DOCTORAL ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS

II. EXTERNAL ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS:

II.1. INTERNATIONAL ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS

 

OPEN CALL DETAILS

I.1. POSTDOCTORAL ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS

Eligibility criteria:

  • Postdoctoral researchers conducting RDI activities of excellence, from UBB and other reputable institutions in Romania, who plan to conduct and develop research projects especially in the field of the latest emerging BioNano4Health technologies supporting new research issues and development approaches initiated within the STAR-UBB-N Network[1] under the guidance of the scientific coordinators of the project implementation team, working within the framework of the six Science Schools and focusing on inter-disciplinarity and integration of the various components of the STAR-UBB-N Network;
  • The researcher was granted a doctoral degree at most 5 years before the time of application (after 16.01.2018);
  • Researchers who have previously received funding within the same tier (postdoctoral) from another UBB EFP project are not eligible.
Total number of fellowships granted following application: 8
Running period of each fellowship: Maximum 3 months from March to August 2023
Allowance per fellowship/month: 6,485 lei (inclusive of employee/employer contributions)/ payment will be made in the month following the activity performed
Remuneration scheme: Individual employment contract/minimum 41 hours per month, requiring physical attendance within UBB at least one week/month
Application files:

  • should be submitted in word and pdf format, by email addressed to Ms Mihaela Neamț (mihaela.neamt@ubbcluj.ro)

Application file:

  • Europass CV listing the applicant’s relevant academic contributions (maximum 10 publications) (maximum 3 pages);
  • Advanced Fellowship project proposal – maximum 3 pages, free format, outlining the activities to be carried out by the applicant within one of the six academic science centres of the STAR-UBB-N network;
  • Reference or recommendation letter signed by the coordinator of an accredited group/centre/institute within one of the six academic science centres of the STAR-UBB-N network or the STAR-UBB Institute;

The applications will be reviewed by the STAR-UBB-N Scientific Coordination Council, assisted by the Advisory Councils of the six centres and the UBB Scientific Council, according to the evaluation guidelines adopted by the UBB Scientific Council https://cercetare.ubbcluj.ro/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/evaluare_generic_UBB_martie2022_site.pdf

The implementation of the Postdoctoral Advanced Fellowship project at UBB requires each recipient to:

  • organise (online/on-site) under the aegis of the STAR-UBB-N network at least two scientific conferences/lectures/scientific seminars/workshops (throughout the period of the fellowship) on topics relevant to new and emerging technologies in the InfoBioNano4Health paradigm, in order to contribute to the development directions of the six academic science centres within STAR-UBB-N;
  • write and submit for publication at least one scientific paper in collaboration with an academic/researcher from STAR-UBB-N, on multi- and trans-disciplinary scientific research topics of relevance to the STAR-UBB-N network/ UBB Academic Science Schools in WoS/Scopus/ERIH+ indexed journals/proceedings. The deadline for submitting a draft paper is August 2023;
  • submit by the end of each month an activity report indicating the status of the project implementation, endorsed by the STAR-UBB-N scientific coordinator;
  • ensure that any publication/output produced (including conferences/scientific disseminations/scientific seminars/workshops) and reported as a result of the activities funded by the Postdoctoral Advanced Fellowship-UBB programme will mention the name of the funder (Babeș-Bolyai University) and the funding contract details (nr.21PFE/ 30.12.2021, ID: PFE-550-UBB).
Following the online or on-site project activities, the participants involved in the Postdoctoral Advanced Fellowship programme will be granted the status of UBB Fellow with a minimum 6-month affiliation (February-August 2023) and a confirmation certificate.
APPLICATION CALL DATES
Open call 16/12/2022
Applications 16/01-23/01/2023
Reviewing applications 25/01-02/02/2023
Preliminary results notification (by email) 03/02-07/02/2023
Appeals 08/02/2023
Final results notification (by email) 13/02-14/02/2023

 

I.2. DOCTORAL ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS

Eligibility criteria:

  • UBB doctoral students, who conduct, within the framework of their individual doctoral training programmes, RDI activities that are in line with the scientific topics and development lines pursued within the STAR-UBB-N Network[2] under the guidance of the scientific coordinators of the project implementation team, within the framework of the six Science Schools and with an emphasis on inter-disciplinarity and integration of the various components of the STAR-UBB-N Network;
  • Doctoral students must be enrolled in the third cycle of graduate studies at UBB during the month of August 2023;
Total number of fellowships granted following application: 7
Running period of each fellowship: Maximum 2 months from March to August 2023
Allowance per fellowship/month: 3,000 lei as monthly scholarship/ payment will be made in the month following the activity performed
Application files:

  • should be submitted in word and pdf format, by email addressed to Ms Mihaela Neamț (mihaela.neamt@ubbcluj.ro)

Application file:

  • Europass CV listing the applicant’s relevant academic contributions (maximum 2 pages);
  • Doctoral Advanced Fellowship project – maximum 3 pages, free format, pointing out the extent to which the doctoral dissertation subject falls within the scientific issues and development lines of the STAR-UBB-N Network;
  • Reference or recommendation letter signed by the coordinator of an accredited group/centre/institute within one of the six academic science centres of the STAR-UBB-N network/ STAR-UBB Institute/ doctoral supervisor;

The selection will be conducted by the  STAR-UBB-N Scientific Coordination Council assisted by the Advisory Councils of the six centres.

The implementation of the project within the Doctoral Advanced Fellowship Programme at UBB requires each recipient to:

  • deliver under the aegis of the STAR-UBB-N network at least one (online/on-site) presentation of the project submitted in the competition within the framework of dissemination sessions organised in the six STAR-UBB-N academic science centres, in collaboration with the coordinators of the network centres;
  • write and submit for publication at least one scientific paper in collaboration with an academic/researcher from STAR-UBB-N, on multi- and transdisciplinary scientific research topics of relevance to the STAR-UBB-N network/ UBB Academic Science Schools/ STAR-UBB Institute in WoS/Scopus/ERIH+ indexed journals/proceedings. The deadline for submitting a draft paper is August 2023;
  • ensure that any publication/output produced (including conferences/scientific disseminations/scientific seminars/workshops and doctoral dissertation) and reported as a result of the activities funded by the Postdoctoral Advanced Fellowship-UBB programme will mention the name of the funder (Babeș-Bolyai University) and the funding contract details (nr.21PFE/ 30.12.2021, ID: PFE-550-UBB)
  • submit at the end of each month an activity report indicating the status of the project implementation, endorsed by the UBB supervisor;

Following the online or on-site project activities, the participants involved in the Doctoral Advanced Fellowship programme will be granted the status of UBB Fellow with a minimum 6-month affiliation (February-August 2023) and a confirmation certificate.

APPLICATION CALL DATES
Open call 16/12/2022
Applications 16/01-23/01/2023
Reviewing applications 25/01-02/02/2023
Preliminary results notification (by email) 03/02-07/02/2023
Appeals 08/02/2023
Final results notification 13/02-14/02/2023

 

II.1. INTERNATIONAL ADVANCED FELLOWSHIPS

Eligibility criteria:

  • Internationally acclaimed academics/researchers from abroad (i.e. highly cited researchers, researchers from Top 500 universities, researchers with significant output and impact in the research literature) who are carrying out excellent RDI activities and who, within the framework of the International Advanced Fellowships Programme, intend to develop and implement research topics and projects especially in the area of new and emerging technologies in the BioNano4Health paradigm in order to contribute to the new scientific research themes and development lines that are being pursued within the STAR-UBB-N Network[3];
  • Researchers will conduct their activities within the framework of the six academic science centres of the STAR-UBB-N network with the assistance of the STAR-UBB-N Scientific Coordination Council;
  • Researchers who have previously received funding within the same tier (international researchers) from another UBB EFP project are not eligible.
Total number of fellowships granted following application: 12
Running period of each fellowship: Maximum 1 month from March to August 2023
Allowance per fellowship/month: 10,000 lei inclusive of contributions – payment will be made in the month following the activity performed
Remuneration scheme: Contract service agreement/ minimum 49 hours per month with a minimum physical attendance at UBB of one week
Application files:

  • should be submitted in word and pdf format, by email addressed to Ms Mihaela Neamț (mihaela.neamt@ubbcluj.ro)

Application file:

  • Europass CV listing the applicant’s relevant academic contributions (maximum 10 publications) (3 pages);
  • International Advanced Fellowship project proposal – maximum 3 pages, free format, outlining the activities to be carried out by the applicant within one of the six academic science centres of the STAR-UBB-N network;
  • Reference or recommendation letter signed by the coordinator of an accredited group/centre/institute within one of the six academic science centres of the STAR-UBB-N network or the STAR-UBB Institute;

The applications will be reviewed by the STAR-UBB-N Scientific Coordination Council, assisted by the UBB Scientific Council, according to the evaluation guidelines adopted by the UBB Scientific Council https://cercetare.ubbcluj.ro/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/evaluare_generic_UBB_martie2022_site.pdf

The implementation of the project within the International Advanced Fellowship Programme at UBB requires each recipient to:

  • organise under the aegis of the STAR-UBB-N network at least one (online/on-site) conference/ scientific dissemination/ scientific seminar/ workshop/ lecture on topics relevant to new and emerging technologies in the InfoBioNano4Health paradigm, in order to contribute to the development directions of the six academic science centres within STAR-UBB-N;
  • write and submit for publication at least one scientific paper in collaboration with an academic/researcher from STAR-UBB-N, on multi- and trans-disciplinary scientific research topics of relevance to the network/ UBB Academic Science Schools/ STAR-UBB Institute, in WoS/Scopus/ERIH+ indexed journals/proceedings.
  • ensure that any publication/output produced (including conferences/scientific disseminations/scientific seminars/workshops/lectures) and reported as a result of the activities funded by the International Advanced Fellowship-UBB programme will mention the name of the funder (Babeș-Bolyai University) and the funding contract details (nr.21PFE/ 30.12.2021, ID: PFE-550-UBB)
  • submit at the end of the month covered by the fellowship grant an activity report indicating the status of the project output/implementation, endorsed by the UBB scientific coordinator;
Following the online or on-site project activities, the participants involved in the International Advanced Fellowship programme will be granted the status of UBB Fellow with a minimum 6-month affiliation (February-August 2023) and a confirmation certificate.
APPLICATION CALL DATES
Open call 16/12/2022
Applications 16/01-23/01/2023
Reviewing applications 25/01-02/02/2023
Preliminary results notification (by email) 03/02-07/02/2023
Appeals 08/02/2023
Final results notification 13/02-14/02/2023

 [1] See Addendum 1 for an overview of the lines of development initiated under STAR-UBB-N.

Addendum 1. The main lines of scientific development of STAR-UBB-N centres