Several new elements were introduced in the EPFL Fellows postdoctoral fellowship programme (call 2015 and 2016) to align it with the principles set out by the EU for human resources development in Research and Innovation. These changes include the following:
Fellows are encouraged to include elements of inter-disciplinarity and cross-sectorial mobility in their research projects
To promote interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial collaboration, researchers receiving an ‘EPFL Fellows’ fellowship are strongly encouraged to include a secondment phase abroad – notably in the non-academic sector – within the overall duration of their fellowship (if this is of relevance to their research proposal). The secondment phase may be short-term (min. four weeks) to provide Fellows an inter-disciplinary training in different scientific environments or long-term (up to three months) to provide Fellows with perspectives on research in the non-academic sector. The secondment phase can be a single period or can be divided into shorter mobility periods. If the salary of the Fellow is covered by the non-academic sector during the secondment phase, the overall duration of the fellowship can be extended according to the duration of the secondment phase.
The secondment must be clearly justified in the research proposal and should have significant impact on the researcher’s career. If the place where the secondment will take place is not known at the proposal stage, it is recommended that the proposal indicates the non-academic secondment sector, together with the timing, organisation and duration of the secondment and its overall purpose. The quality and the degree of involvement of the non-academic sector will be assessed by the international experts according to the evaluation criteria.
The Fellows are expected to engage in and contribute to dissemination activities and events of the fellowship programme. As part of their proposal, applicants should describe the frequency and nature of outreach activities that create awareness among the general public of their proposed research and its societal implications. The international experts who will review and score all applications will also evaluate how the candidates intend to implement public engagement activities within their work plan.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291771 (call 2013 and 2014) and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement 665667 (call 2015 and 2016).