Program Mobility

SAS Call for Mobility Project Proposals

Identification information

Partner country: Czech republic
Partner organisation: Czech Academy of Sciences (SAS)
Programme: Mobility
Period: 2021 – 2022

Legal framework

The call is based on Agreement on Scientific Cooperation of the year 2018 between the Czech Academy of Sciences (hereinafter referred to as CAS) and the Slovak Academy of Sciences (hereinafter referred to as SAS, and in accordance with the Act No. 133/2002 Coll., on the Slovak Academy of Sciences, as amended.

Basic definitions

Objectives
  • Improvement of scientific cooperation between both countries;
  • Stimulation of involvement of young researchers and PhD students;
  • Supporting research teams aspiring to cooperate on large international projects in the future;
  • Enabling the use of methodology, infrastructure and equipment for the mutual benefit of both institutions.

Eligibility criteria

Project proposals from all research fields are accepted.
Maximum project duration is 2 years, i.e. 24 months; extension beyond this period is not permitted.

Project proposals can be submitted:
In case applicant submits more than one project proposal within one call, only one of them can be funded.
Only two subsequent projects realized by the same research teams can be funded.

Research team

Each research team consists of:
  • One principal investigator (senior or junior researcher);
  • One or more co-investigators.

Research team members are divided into four categories:
  • Senior researchers (5 or more years after receiving PhD);
  • Junior researchers – postdocs (less than 5 years after receiving PhD);
  • PhD students
  • Others (e.g. engineers, technicians).

On the Czech side:
  • All members must be employees of the CAS institutes.
  • Out of the whole team, at least 1/3 must be junior researchers or PhD students.

On the Slovak side:
  • All members must be employees of the SAS institutes.
  • Out of the whole team, at least 1/3 must be junior researchers or PhD students.

Financial provisions

Financial contributions must be calculated and provided in compliance with the valid national legislation and internal regulations of the partner organisations.

Up to 20 (twenty) two years mobility projects shall be selected for funding.

On the Czech side:
  • Financial contribution shall be provided by the CAS towards the costs of the Czech research team.
  • The maximum financial contribution shall be CZK 40,000 per mobility project per year.
  • Min. 50% of the approved financial contribution shall be used to cover mobility costs: travel, living expenses.
  • Min. 30% of the approved financial contribution shall be used to cover research costs: consumables, services, small equipment, and networking.
  • Non-eligible costs are: personnel, large equipment (exceeding CZK 40,000), overheads.
  • There are no eligible indirect costs.
  • The ratio between mobility and research costs shall be maintained on the project level as well as yearly. Transferring financial contributions between these two categories is allowed if the minimal ratio for both categories is maintained.
  • The course of project implementation will be monitored through annual and final reports including use of financial means, justification of costs and possible transfers between categories.

On the Slovak side:
  • Financial contribution shall be provided by the SAS towards the costs of the Slovak research team.
  • The maximum financial contribution shall be EUR 1,500 per mobility project per year.
  • The approved financial contribution shall be used first of all to cover mobility costs: travel, living expenses.
  • Max. 30% of the approved financial contribution can be used to cover research costs: consumables, services, small equipment, and networking.
  • Non-eligible costs are: personnel, large equipment (exceeding EUR 1,500), overheads.
  • There are no eligible indirect costs.
  • The ratio between mobility and research costs shall be maintained on the project level as well as yearly.
  • The course of project implementation will be monitored through annual and final reports including use of financial means and justification of costs.

Project proposal submission

Project proposals must be submitted in parallel to both partner organisations.

On the Czech side:
  • Project proposals in Czech or English must be complete and submitted within the stated deadline exclusively via the “KIS” online application (https://kis.avcr.cz/kis2/oms/login).
  • Proposals submitted in any other way may be rejected on formal grounds.

By submitting project proposal, the applicant:
On the Slovak side:
  • Project proposals in Slovak or English must be completed and submitted by email to , and also in hardcopy to the address below address within the stated deadline;
  • Conditions for submission and relevant form/s are available on the website: https://www.sav.sk/?lang=en&doc=educ-mobility

By submitting project proposal, the applicant:
  • Agrees to processing of personal data within the meaning of the Act No. 18/2018 Coll., On Personal Data Protection, as amended;
  • Declares that the information he/she stated is accurate, true and complete and that he/she is aware that if otherwise they will face all the legal consequences;
  • Declares that, if approved, he/she will during the realization of the project follow:
  • The SAS Code of Ethics;
  • The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (Slovak translation available here).

Evaluation and Selection

Consists of two-step process:
  • At the national level, each partner organisation evaluates submitted proposals based on its internal rules and prepares a ranking list.
  • At the international level, both partner organisations exchange their ranking lists, merge them, negotiate the final ranking and approve the proposals selected for funding. Total number of projects approved for funding is dependent on the financial possibilities of both partner organizations.

Criteria for evaluation of project proposals

Quality of the project:
  • Scientific relevance (concept, innovative character in relation to the state-of-the art, quality of objectives);
  • Methodology, work plan of activities and outputs;
  • Impact of project results, their dissemination and exploitation.

Quality of research teams:
  • Composition and expertise of research teams;
  • Complementarity, methodology and equipment; previous cooperation and outputs;
  • Justification of collaboration needs.

Active involvement of junior researchers and PhD students.

Added value and broader impact of bilateral cooperation.


Evaluation of the final report

The project results and outputs will be evaluated. For definition of results see the Methodology for Evaluating Research Organisations and R&D&I Purpose-tied Aid Programmes (2017+) (https://www.vyzkum.cz/FrontClanek.aspx?idsekce=799796).

Schedule
On the Czech side

1 April 2020 Announcement of the call for project proposals
1 June 2020 24:00 Deadline for submission of project proposals
September 2020 Completion of the assessment at national level
November 2020 Completion of the joint assessment at international level
Nov./Dec. 2020 Approval of the final results by both partner organisations
December 2020 Announcement of results


Schedule
On the Slovak side

3 April 2020 Announcement of the call for project proposals
1 June 2020 24:00 Deadline for submission of project proposals
September 2020 Completion of the assessment at national level
November 2020 Completion of the joint assessment at international level
Nov./Dec. 2020 Approval of the final results by both partner organisations
December 2020 Announcement of results


Contact persons

On the Czech side: On the Partner side:
Name and Mgr. Denisa Jetelinová Mgr. Lucia Kürthiová
position: Division of International Cooperation Department of International Cooperation
Organization: Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS)
Address: Národní 1009/3 Štefánikova 49
117 20 Praha 1 814 38 Bratislava
Czech Republic Slovak Republic
Telephone: +420 221 403 354 +421 2 57510 139
E-mail: jetelinova@kav.cas.cz
Web: http://www.avcr.cz/en/ https://www.sav.sk/?&lang_change=en


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