Call for Mobility Project proposals

Identification information

Partner country:Bulgaria
Partner organisation:Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)
Programme:Mobility
Period:2021 – 2022

Legal framework

The call is based on Agreement on Scientific Cooperation of the year 2020 between the Slovak Academy of Sciences (hereinafter referred to as SAS) and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (hereinafter referred to as BAS).

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 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.

On the Bulgarian side:
  • All members must be employees of the BAS institutes and units.
  • Bulgarian teams are encouraged to include junior researchers and 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 10 (ten) two years mobility projects shall be selected for funding.

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 2,000 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 2,000), 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.
  • The course of project implementation will be monitored through annual and final reports including use of financial means and justification of costs.

On the Bulgarian side:
  • Financial contribution shall be provided by the BAS towards the costs of the Bulgarian 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.
  • The approved financial contribution can be used to cover research costs: consumables, services, etc.
  • Non-eligible costs are: personnel, equipment, overheads.
  • There are no eligible indirect costs.
  • 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 Slovak side:
  • Project proposals in English must be completed and submitted by email to , and also in hardcopy to the address below 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:
On the Bulgarian side:
  • Project proposals in Bulgarian and English must be completed and submitted in hardcopy to the address below within the stated deadline;
  • Conditions for submission and relevant form/s are available on the website: bas.bg
By submitting project proposal, the applicant:
  • Agrees to processing of personal data;
  • Declares that the information he/she stated is accurate, true and complete;

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:

  • 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.

Schedule

20 July 2020Announcement of the call for project proposals
21 September 2020Deadline for submission of project proposals
November 2020Completion of the assessment at national level
December 2020Completion of the joint assessment at international level, approval of the final results by both partner organisations, announcement of results

Contact persons

  On the Slovak side: On the Bulgarian side:
Name and position: Mgr. Lucia Kürthiová
Department of International Cooperation
Gabriella Tchouprenska
Office of International Affairs
Organization: Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)
Address: Štefánikova 49
814 38 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
15 Noemvri Str. 1
1040 Sofia
Bulgaria
Telephone:
E-mail:
Web:
+421 2 57510 139

https://www.sav.sk/?lang=en
+359 2 979 52 41
tchouprenska@cu.bas.bg
http://www.bas.bg/en/


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