Early stage researchers Programme

Support for early career researchers from all disciplines is vital to ensure a diverse range of future research leaders.
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ESR programme in details

It is important for science community future that the finest talent is developed within the research system. In the NEPHEWS project, consortium partners will offer support to 24 young scientists.

 

Early Stage Researchers (ESR) will make working visits that will allow them to get to know the Research Infrastructures (RIs) from many perspectives. Participants accepted into the ESR Programme will get a practical short-term (up to 1 week) internship at a Synchrotron (SR), Free Electron Laser (FEL) or Neutron (N) facilities, gathering knowledge of different research techniques and on their applicability to different research fields, getting first practical experiences and gaining a better understanding of access policy, offer and other aspects of the facilities’ activities, such as technology transfer or innovation stimulation through individualized programmes.

Facilities participating in the ESR programme

Infrastructure
Country
WWW

SOLARIS

Poland

MAX IV

Sweden

HZB

Germany

ELETTRA

Italy

DESY

Germany

ISA/ASTRID2

Denmark

BNC

Hungary

ALBA

Spain

MLZ

Germany

CANAM NPL

Czechia

SOLEIL

France

FELIX

The Netherlands

TARLA

Turkey

ELBE

Germany

ISIS

United Kingdom

PSI SINQ

Switzerland

An ESR refers to individuals who are in the early stages of their research career, generally before they achieve full independence in their field.

 

In the NEPHEWS project we support researchers denoted as R1 and R2:
  • R1: First Stage Researcher (up to the point of PhD),
  • R2: Recognised Researcher (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent).
Priority criteria

 

NEPHEWS has a special focus on offering support to users from 8 selected countries, other EU Widening countries and countries without direct access to large scale research infrastructures in their country.

Access priorities:
  • First, financial support for travel and accommodation will be offered to users whose affiliation and nationality comes from one of the 8 selected countries (Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine).
  • Secondly, financial support for travel and accommodation will be offered to users whose nationality comes from one of the 8 selected countries (Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine).
  • In addition, support will be offered to users whose nationality is from other Widening countries or in countries without RI.
  • In the next step, support will be offered to subsequent groups of qualified users (if the available amount of support allocated in the project is not used).
What is widening countries?

Widening countries are countries with low participation rates in FP7 and H2020 projects. The list of widening countries is comprised of 15 member states (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

If your application has been positively assessed and an internship has been granted, one of our RIs will contact you and offer support in covering part of the costs of your visit.

 

The ESR Programme covers:
  • Travel expenses (one round trip/person)
  • Accommodation (up to 7 days).

 

Users who have received or will receive funds for the same purpose (travel and accommodation) from other sources cannot apply for support under the NEPHEWS project (Principles of Double Funding).

 

The User Officer is responsible for contacting the ESR user directly to provide information on site access, accommodation, safety and all other information related to the visit.

 

Each RIs participating in the ESR Programme may have its own travel and visit management scheme. Researchers qualified for the programme should stay in contact with the RI where they will undergo their internship.

Reimbursement is handled by each facility in line with internal rules. Please check whether the infrastructure where you stayed does not require to fill a reimbursement form.

 

If so, the users which was qualify for financial support should return the completed and signed form to the User Office of the visited infrastructure (with invoices and receipts of travel and accommodation expenses).

For our documentation and reporting to the European Commission, all researchers applying for financial support are asked to complete the evaluation form.

 

It should be return to the RI User Office together with documents mentioned above in the reimbursement section.

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The application process is currently closed.

 

The registration process for the ESR Programme will take place twice in the project.
• The first recruitment of candidates for the programme will begin on August / September, 2024.
• The next recruitment for the ESR Programme will be carried out in the second half of 2025.

 

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Questions concerning this programme can be directed to Project Coordinator or User Offices at the facilities.

Partners in ESR programme