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Conex Plus - First call for applications

Conex Plus
  • Publication Date: July 1st, 2019
  • Deadline Date: Septiembre 30th, 2019 

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is launching a fellowship programme for incoming mobility, called CONEX-Plus. This fellowship programme aims to accelerate the training and career development of international Experienced Researchers, based on the so-called triple ‘i’ dimension (International aspects, Intersectoral exposure and Interdisciplinarity).

All fellows will benefit through the training programme with dedicated modules on relevant transferable skills and Industry Training Blocks.

The strategic research areas are identified in the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) of the Madrid Autonomous Region:

  1. Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Technologies and Space 
  2. Energy, Environment and Transport (including Aeronautics) 
  3. Health and Biotechnology
  4. Information Technologies and Communications 

In addition, projects in the research area of Social Sciences and Humanities may be proposed, as long as they are applied to the aforementioned areas of the RIS3 strategy.

Fellows will implement a three-year project, freely chosen by them, in one of the 27 departments of UC3M, supported by a UC3M supervisor.

The project performance has to be underpinned by a secondment in a high level non-academic organization, allowing for maximum benefit of the fellowship in their career development.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • The applicant must be in possession of a doctoral degree
  • The applicant must be an Experienced Researcher (ER) with 0 – 6 years of research experience

 

CONEX-Plus invites applications for 3 types of fellowships:

 

CONEX-Plus Type of Fellowship NATIONALITY Requirements MOBILITY Requirements OTHER Requirements
Standard Any Nationality Not reside or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years  
Career Restart Any Nationality Not reside or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 3 years in the last 5 years Not active in research at least in the last 12 months
Reintegration Nationals or Long-term Residents of a European Member State or Associated Countries Not reside or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 3 years in the last 5 years Moved directly from a Third Country

UC3M SUPERVISORS

The UC3M supervisor will support the fellow to propose and implement a research project that will widen their research experiences, deepen their research skills and accelerate their career development. They will set up a Career Development Plan (CDP) at the start of the fellowship.

SECONDMENTS

In order to significantly add to the impact of the Fellowship, fellows are required to undertake a secondment to one or several non-academic organizations with a duration between 2 and 12 months

After a first compulsory secondment to a non-academic organization, an optional secondment to an academic organization may be proposed.

Secondments may be proposed to a host organization included in the List of Partner Organizations, or to another host organization, provided that this latter has a proven high international research standard. 

While secondments can take place within the same sector, inter-sectorial secondments are highly encouraged.  

Applicants are advised to discuss suitable secondments with their UC3M supervisor.

List of Partner Organizations

 

Partner organisation name Partner organisation short name Country

Academic

(Y/N)

Bitergium

BIT

Spain

N

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Roma2

Italy

Y

Expace On Board Systems

EBS

Spain

N

Iberdrola

IBD

Spain

N

Airbus

AIR

Netherlands

N

GMV Soluciones Globales Internet

GMV

Spain

N

Arquimea

ARQ

Spain

N

Indra

IDR

Spain

N

University of Essex

Essex

UK

Y

Repsol

REP

Spain

N

AXA

AXA

France

N

Atos

ATO

France

N

Sensia Solution

SEN

Spain

N

Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo

TID

Spain

N

PROGRAMME BENEFITS

For this first call the CONEX- Plus programme offers:

  • 20 fellowships to Experienced Researchers
  • All fellowships have a duration of 3 years

Incoming researchers will benefit from a world-class university. UC3M offers a theoretical, practical, applied and innovative research environment, which will ensure that researchers can achieve their full potential.

All fellowships will receive a competitive salary of either 41,200 euros or 45,500 euros if family allowance is included.

For more information, please see the Call Text.

CALL SCHEDULE

FIRST CALL SCHEDULE
Prior announcement April 2019 – July 2019
Call announcement July 2019 – September 2019
Assessment Phase October 2019 – March 2020
Resolution Publication April 2020
Projects implementation September 2020 – August 2023
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 80, Logo Santander Universidades1538

CONEX CONTACT

    Steps to follow:

    1º Read the call text and verify if you meet the eligibility criteria and your research field is covered within the RIS3 areas subject to funding.

    2º Read carefully the guide for applicants and templates.

    Contact your potential UC3M Supervisor from our list of UC3M supervisor.

    4º Discuss with the supervisor the suitability of your project and matching with the UC3M department. Discuss also about the secondment plan.

    5º Register on the CONEX-Plus online application system.

    6º Start preparing your application forms. Complete and edit the proposal as many times as needed.

    7º Obtain and enclose to your proposal a signed letter of commitment from your UC3M supervisor.

    Double-check that your application forms and attachments are properly completed and then submit it.