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Supporting Talent In Research@University Of Padua - STARS@UNIPD - 2021 Call for Proposals

University of Padua

The University of Padua supports excellent research to be performed on its premises by high-potential researchers. The programme STARS@UNIPD encourages and funds international, high quality, innovative and ambitious research, promoting an open and positive attitude towards international funding opportunities for basic research.

The STARS funding programme welcomes pioneers of frontier research, offering support to ground-breaking ideas with definite potential to turn into competitive proposals for international funding, including the prestigious ERC grants. STARS grants are open to all scientific areas and will support two-year research projects to be developed in one of the 32 Departments of the University of Padova.

STARS Starting Grants (StGs) are addressed to PIs of any nationality who intend to establish their own team and launch their independent research. Successful candidates will be offered a two-year position in Padua. Applicants should have obtained their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to 1st January 2021. 

STARS Consolidator (CoGs) and Wild Card Grants (WiCs) are addressed to PIs who have already established their research activity in Padua and wish to consolidate their team, developing new projects and ideas.

Candidates who wish to apply to the STARS@UNIPD - 2021 call for proposals can submit a research proposal in one of the 27 scientific research areas included in the three ERC research domains. Projects are evaluated based on their innovative nature, ambition and feasibility. PIs will be rewarded for their scientific skills, creativity, and commitment. Successful PIs, once enrolled in the STARS programme, will receive full support to submit an ERC application, choosing Padua as their Host Institution.

STARS Grants offer a research budget of up to 80,000 € (Social Sciences and Humanities) or 140,000 € (Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences) for two years, plus a two-year fellowship for the PI of up to 32,000 € net amount/year (80,000 € gross amount for two years).

Opening of the call for proposals: 11 January 2021

Deadline: 12 April 2021

Project starting date: 1 January 2022

The call for proposals, its attachments and any document that may be relevant to the submission process are available on the website

Location: Province of Padua - Italy
Salary: Research budget of up to 140,000 Euro for two years, plus a two-year fellowship for the PI of up to 32,000 Euro net amount/year.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th January 2021
Closes: 12th April 2021
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