CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDING OF POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECTS
The Lithuanian Science Council, in order to promote the development of the system of post-doctoral internships for young scientists and to improve the scientific qualifications of interns, has launched a call for applications for funding post-doctoral internship projects.
The application is submitted by the Executive Agency together with the supervisor and the trainee. The application in English and its annexes must be submitted through the electronic system https://junkis.lmt.lt by 30 June 2022 at 24:00.
The host institution must be a Lithuanian research and study institution listed in the Register of Education and Research Institutions. The executing institution must be different from the one where the trainee defended his/her doctoral thesis, or the same, but the project is carried out in a different top-level unit within the hierarchical structure of academic/scientific units of the same institution.
A trainee is defined as a researcher who has been awarded a PhD by a Lithuanian or a foreign research and study institution and who has not completed more than 5 years from the date of the award of the PhD to the date of the deadline for submission of applications specified in the call (7 years for PhDs), excluding pregnancy and maternity leave, the period of paternity leave or parental leave until the child reaches the age of 3 years) and is carrying out the scientific/artistic research work envisaged in the project.
The total number of hours worked by the trainee in the project must not be less than 1508 hours (0,75 Full-time equivalent) and not more than 2010 hours (1 FTE) over a 12-month period, including the annual leave granted to researchers at research and study institutions.
During the project, the trainee must undertake a traineeship in a foreign scientific and research institution or research centre, laboratory, company, institution, library, archive, expedition, etc. The minimum duration of the stay is 1 month. The period of the visit may be divided into parts of at least 15 days each.
Supervisor is understood as a scientist or artist working in the host institution who supervises the trainee's scientific/artistic research work during the project. A postdoctoral fellowship must not be supervised by the trainee's doctoral supervisor. The salary costs of the supervisor shall not be included in the project cost estimate.
A person may submit an application if, on the last day of the call for proposals, he/she is not subject to the restrictions on the consideration of applications set out in points 76 to 80 of the General Rules on the Competitive Funding of Research and Dissemination Projects of the Lithuanian Research Council.
A trainee and a supervisor may only be included in one application for the same call.
The duration of the project is 24 months. Project start date (date of signature of the project funding agreement) no later than 1 October 2022.
Project value up to EUR 90 000, where indirect costs may represent up to 10 % of the direct costs included in the project cost estimate.
The information event will take place on 6 June 2022. The briefing will take place on the Microsoft Team's platform. Login link here
You can find the guidance material and document forms by clicking on the VU intranet link here or you can download them by clicking on the link entitled Documents for applicants (Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022).
Further information is available from the Development Department:
Vilma Rutkauskaitė, tel. (8 5) 219 3201, e-mail: (consulted units: CHGF, FilF, MIF, MF, ŠA)
Dagnė Gurskaitė, tel. (8 5) 219 3244, e-mail: (consulted units: FF, FsF, KF, KnF, TF)
Ignė Balaišytė, tel. (8 5) 268 7238, e-mail: (consulted units: EVAF, GMC, IF, TSPMI, VM)
Please send your applications to the PD no later than 5 days before the end of the call.
CO-FUNDING CALL TO ATTRACT YOUNG RESEARCHERS - VILNIUS UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION
In order to attract a growing number of young researchers with recognised international experience and to help them establish themselves at Vilnius University, the Vilnius University Intangible Capital Fund is organising a temporary co-funding competition for 2 research positions. All academic units of Vilnius University are invited to apply.
The competition is open to all academic departments of Vilnius University;
a participant - an academic unit - may submit more than one application;
a participant submitting more than one application has the possibility to win funding for one research position;
in the event of a successful application, the academic unit participant undertakes to attract an eligible young researcher to fill the research position (if a specific person for the research position is identified at the time of application, the commitment is made to ensure that, in the event of a successful application, this person will be appointed to the research position);
the young researcher must start work at the University no later than 1 September 2023
the participant, the academic unit, accepts responsibility for the accuracy, legality and use of personal data in the application;
the application and related documents shall be submitted in Lithuanian. The requirement does not apply to the list of scientific publications;
only applications that meet the requirements of the call and are submitted on time will be evaluated;
The scientific position applied for is open only to young researchers with international scientific experience, who have obtained their scientific degree (PhD) no more than 7 years ago (this period does not include parental leave). International research experience is understood as study/work/long-term traineeships in high-level research centres abroad, participation in international research projects, scientific publications in high-level international journals, and other international research activities;
The VU Foundation will provide up to EUR 30,000 per research position during the whole period of co-financing of the research position (these funds will be paid directly in instalments to the young scientist who has taken up the research position in accordance with the financial support agreement);
the co-funding of the research position submitted to the call must last for 2 years or more.
In the event of a win, the participant academic unit commits to fund the research position at least at the same level as the share allocated by the VU Foundation;
Examples of research positions submitted to the competition: junior researcher, research fellow, senior researcher, principal researcher, post-doctoral fellow.
In the event of winning, the participant - the academic unit - together with the young researcher in the research position, undertakes to participate in the dissemination of the VU Foundation's publicity about the competition, the support received, the selection of the researcher, the research activities, etc., in various dissemination channels (social media, mass media, events, etc.).
The 2 most promising scientific positions that best meet the evaluation criteria will be selected and funded from the applications submitted to the call. Evaluation criteria:
The impact of the research position on the international competitiveness of VU;
the impact of the research position on the academic community of the unit;
the relevance and potential of the research position;
international experience of the candidate(s);
principles for the selection of candidates.
Start date: 30 May 2022.
Closure: 1 July 2022.
Results: by 1 August 2022.
The competition is organised by the Support Fund Vilnius University Foundation (registration number 304222713), Universiteto str. 3, Room 111A, Vilnius, LT-01513, , +370 5 219 3000. Consultations on the application process are available from Paulina Aistė Sukurė (, +370 5 268 7007).
Inviation to trainings for those who have decided to apply for the European Horizon Programme.
Registration is now open for the training course "How to write a competitive European Horizon application", which will take place on 21 April 2022. The training will be delivered by Hyperion (http://www.hyperion.ie/) training expert Dr Seán McCarthy (http://www.hyperion.ie/seanmccarthy.htm).
Brief information about the training:
- Course Date: Thursday, 21st April 2022
- Course Title: How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon Europe
- Duration: This online “live” course consists of three 45-minute sessions with a short break between each session. Questions and discussion would take place after each session and when the course ends.
- Time: 10:00 to 12:45 (Lithuanian time).
- Platform: We use Zoom (the link will be sent for the approved participants).
- Participants: Up to 80 participants are allowed.
Link to the registration: https://forms.office.com/r/AuGYKi3Nv7. Please use your VU email address when registering.
For more information, please contact:
Research Projects Coordinator
Departament for Research and Innovation
Tel. +370 5 2366279
Seed funding for cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea region
The Swedish Institute provides funding for joint projects in which Swedish organisations meet transnational challenges together with organisations from the Baltic Sea region countries including Russia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
Open for applications until 15 February.
The project activities must be clearly linked to one or more of the challenges identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region.
The strategy has three overall objectives:
- save the sea;
- connect the region;
- increase prosperity.
Read more at https://balticsea-region-strategy.eu
A project can run for no longer than 18 months.
A project can apply for SEK 100,000 to SEK 500,000.
The application must include at least three actors in three different countries eligible for support, one of which is Sweden (as main applicant).
For more information visit https://si.se/en/apply/funding-grants/pi/
We are sharing information sent by the Lithuanian Science Council about the upcoming virtual launch event of the“Innovative Health Initiative“ (IHI) partnership of the European Horizon Program. The new initiative will continue activities started by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) of the H2020 program with the main aim to use the results of health science and innovation projects for the benefit of patients and society. IHI is a joint public-private initiative. Early in 2022 IHI is planning to launch the first open calls for proposals for health and healthcare projects which will be implemented by cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary, international consortia.
The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) aims to build on the successes of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and will hold a launch event in a virtual setting on Wednesday, January 26th, from 10:30am to 1:00pm.
The event will be broken up into two sessions:
In the first session, IHI Executive Director Dr Pierre Meulien will present IHI and explain why we are launching a new European partnership for health. He will also describe what's new compared to the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), and what will stay the same. IHI staff will then present opportunities for stakeholders to get involved in IHI, for example by applying to become a member of the IHI Science and Innovation Panel (SIP), or by becoming an expert evaluator. They will also offer a preview of the draft topics under consideration for inclusion in the first IHI call for proposals.
The second session will feature a high-level discussion during which representatives of the IHI partners, namely the European Commission, the European Parliament, COCIR, EFPIA, Vaccines Europe, EuropaBio and MedTech Europe, will present their vision for IHI.
Both sessions will include time for questions from participants.
IHI warmly encourages small and medium-sized enterprises, patient organisations, regulatory authorities, academic teams, industry, hospitals and other organisations with an interest in IHI projects to take part in the launch event. Please feel free to share this e-mail with your contacts.
Registration will open shortly and the preliminary agenda is available via the IHI website at https://www.ihi.europa.eu/news-events/events/introducing-innovative-health-initiative-europes-new-partnership-health
Hope to see you there!
With kind regards,
The IHI Events Team