The Romanian Institute of Science and Technology invites applications for grants aimed at experienced scientists who wish to lead an independent project within the institute. The research projects will be funded with up to 1,2 million lei (about 240,000 euros) for up to 3 years by UEFISCDI, a Romanian research funding agency. The call is open to all scientists, regardless of current place of work, citizenship or nationality. If successful, the applicants will work full time in our institute, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, implementing the funded projects.
The funding is suitable for scientists working in fields that do not require complex laboratory setups, for which any required equipment and supplies can be purchased using the project’s budget. The institute provides office space in downtown Cluj, office furniture, utilities corresponding to normal office use, printers, and administrative support.
The applicants must satisfy the following conditions:
- The applicant should be a scientist having a PhD and a portfolio of internationally-relevant scientific publications;
- Applicants from natural sciences, exact sciences and engineering should have publications, where they are the main author, published from 2012 onward, after getting their PhD, in journals having a score of at least 1 (i.e., being in about top 50% of journals), totaling a score of at least 3, based on the scores from this list (the rightmost column);
- Applicants from computer sciences should have publications, where they are the main author, published from 2012 onward, after getting their PhD, cited in journals having a score of at least 1 (i.e., being in about top 50% of journals), totaling from such citations a score of at least 9, based on the scores from this list (the rightmost column);
Eligible direct expenses include personnel, purchases, and travel. Personnel expenses include salaries for the applicant as well as for any other team members, who may be recruited later by the applicant. Projects on machine learning research or that apply machine learning to another field of science may involve some of the machine learning scientists currently working in the institute. Indirect expenses are 25% of the direct expenses, excepting equipment.
The expected start date of the projects is January 2021.
Scientists are invited to send us an expression of interest to lead such a project (in English or Romanian) at email@example.com, including:
- a preliminary abstract of the project;
- the CV of the applicant;
- the list of publications of the applicant;
- names and contact information for at least two scientists who can provide recommendation letters.
Please send these expression of interests as soon as possible, but no later than June 1st, 2020.
Following the approval of the expression of interest, scientists will write the applications with the administrative assistance of our staff and will submit the applications for assessment to UEFISCDI. The applications should be written in English. The final applications should be submitted online, through uefiscdi-direct.ro. The deadline for submitting the final applications is June 15, 2020.