SAS-ERC Visiting Fellowship Grants

“Fellowships to Visit ERC Grantee” is a European Research Council (ERC) initiative which aims at fostering higher involvement and better success rate for researchers from EU countries which have considerably lower representation of scientists in ERC calls. The ERC encourages national and/or regional authorities and organisations to set up visiting fellowship programmes to fund potential candidates for the ERC’s calls to visit the teams of existing ERC-funded Principal Investigators. Such schemes will allow the selected candidates to strengthen their research profile and vision in an internationally competitive research environment before applying for an ERC grant.

The aim of the "SAS-ERC Visiting Fellowship Grants" programme, which is a part of the ERC initiative, is to encourage and support researchers from the SAS institutes to apply for the ERC grants, to give them the opportunity to share experience with ERC projects Principal Investigators and their research teams, to learn the best practices in successful project preparation and management. The scheme should result in increasing number of applications, in their better quality and higher success rate.

Duration and available funds
Duration of the project is 1 to 3 months. The amount of available funds is up to €12,000 per project (up to €4,000 per month). It covers travel expenses to the country of the host institution (return trip), local travel expenses, accommodation costs and living allowances during the fellowship.

Eligibility criteria
The “SAS-ERC Visiting Fellowship Grants” is open to researchers regardless of their specialization or field of study. The potential applicant must:
  • be an employee of the institute or centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences,
  • have a quality of research and outputs close to ERC criteria,
  • submit a plan for a research stay including and an outline of the future ERC research project proposal,
  • submit a letter of invitation of the ERC project Principal Investigator and the host institution,
  • accept a commitment to submit a research project proposal in any of the ERC calls within 24 months after the fellowship completion. The planned research must be conducted at the institute or centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences,
  • failure to meet the fellow’s obligation to apply for an ERC grant within 24 months from the date of the fellowship’s completion will result in the requirement to return all of the funds.
Evaluation and selection
Each proposal will be evaluated by two foreign internationally recognized reviewers. The selection will be made by the Commission of the Slovak Academy of Sciences for the Evaluation of International Projects. The final decision on awarding the grants shall be made by the Presidium of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

Call for proposals for the period 2019 – 2020
The Slovak Academy of Sciences announces the call for applications under the “SAS-ERC Visiting Fellowship Grants” for the period 2019 – 2020. The call is open to researchers from all disciplines. The main criterion is the excellence of research and the potential of the applicant to receive an ERC grant.

Submission of proposals
Proposals must be submitted on the attached application form electronically to , printed and signed copy to PhDr. Ľudmila Dolná, PhD., Department of International Cooperation. The deadline for submitting is 30 September 2019. Structure of an invitation letter is available in documents for download. The list of ERC principal investigators who are willing to accept applicants for their research stay is available on request.

Contact person and further information
PhDr. Ľudmila Dolná, PhD.
Odbor medzinárodnej spolupráce
Úrad SAV
Štefánikova 19
814 38 Bratislava
Tel.: +421 2 57510 139