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Dublin, 30th August 2021

Call 3 closes on 15th October 2021 at 5 pm Irish Time. To apply, a candidate must secure support from a supervisor listed on the project website and submit a 10-page project proposal, along with a CV and admin forms. The ELITE-S Project Manager, Mr Paulo Soncini provides some tips below on how to write a successful proposal.

In our experience, successful proposals are developed very early with at least 6 weeks before the deadline. Candidates must contact a supervisor and discuss their project idea and alignment with the ELITE-S project. ELITE-S proposal has 3 sections: Excellence, Impact and Implementation and each section is equally important, he says.

The excellence section describes the science, objectives, methodology and training and the transfer of knowledge. In this section, candidates must describe how each of those items will happen during the 2-year fellowship. It is imperative that candidates provide details on their training and transfer of knowledge in line with their career goals, as well as thoroughly outline the methodology underpinning the research. Overly speculative plans should be avoided.

In section 2, the impact section, candidates must outline the benefits of the fellowship in their career and how they plan on maximizing the impact of this fellowship supported by strong dissemination, communication and exploitation plan. Details of these plans are mandatory items in the proposal and they must be reflected in section 3 (implementation) in a specific work package for dissemination, communication and exploitation.

Section 3 (Implementation), describes how the entire 2-year fellowship will be carried out and how the work is organized. There are many tables needed in this section such as the work package tables. There are mandatory work packages in this section, check the proposal template for more information. In this section, an initial risk assessment must also be included focusing on the management of risk with an appropriate mitigation strategy. The hosting arrangement in the hosting institution must be included, outlining all of the infrastructure and support available for the conduction of the proposed research project.

Finally, to complete the application, a candidate must submit Parts A, B, C and D directly on the ELITE-S website. Part D is only mandatory if there are any ethical issues identified. FAQs are available on the website with more details and candidates can contact the Project Manager at any time for more information.

The ELITE-S Fellowship Programme is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 801522, by Science Foundation Ireland and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology Resource Centre grant number 13/RC/2106_P2