Co-operative Research Programme Fellowship for Researchers in Agriculture from OECD

Date limite : 10 sept. 2020

Spécialités: Agriculture

Niveau d'études: Doctorat

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Co-operative Research Programme Fellowship for Researchers in Agriculture from OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is announcing that the call for applications for the Co-operative Research Programme Fellowship 2020 is now open. Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries and who would like to conduct research projects abroad, in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme. The aim of the Research Fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas.

Eligibility and Conditions:-

  • Applicants must be working in an institution located in a country that currently participates in the OECD Co-operative Research Programme (CRP), and the collaborating host institution must be located in another participating country.

    • Countries participating in the CRP: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

  • Applicants should have 4 years of postdoctoral training. The programme is not targeted at PhD students.

  • In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to applicants who, although not having a PhD, have the equivalent expertise and have been extensively published. For all applications, priority is given to the overall scientific quality of each application considering its relevance to the Programme’s Research Themes and the Programme’s multi-disciplinary focus.

  • Applicants should have a contract with their present employer that ensures their continued employment after completion of the fellowship. If the contract is less than 3 years, applicants are requested to ask their institution to certify that there will be a continued on-going scientific affiliation with the host laboratory once the fellowship ends, as this ensures that the relationships established during the fellowship are put to beneficial use.

  • Before submitting an application, candidates should have their employers’ agreement to the application and to the take up of the fellowship should they be successful.

  • A candidate who has already been the recipient of a CRP fellowship may apply for a second award, but only 5 years after the year of their first fellowship.

Eligible Fields:-

Applications relevant to the work of the OECD Committee for Agriculture and other bodies are particularly welcome and include:

  • Emerging diseases and zoonoses, especially COVID-19, including their possible transmission through food.
  • Resilience and risk management.
  • Climate change, including carbon sequestration in agriculture, forestry and land use.
  • Digital technologies.
  • Plant and animal breeding to enhance sustainable productivity growth and resilience to climatic events.
  • Fisheries and aquaculture productivity, sustainability and resilience.
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity, including in aquaculture and farmlands, and natural resources.
  • Development of alternatives to antibiotics for use in livestock and less harmful plant protection chemicals and improved fertilisers.
  • Sustainable food systems.

Selection Criteria:-

Applications are assessed on their relevance to the CRP’s objective and the selection criteria explained below. It is therefore highly recommended that these be addressed in any Fellowship award application:

  • The extent to which the proposed visit and project provides a significant and relevant contribution to the achievement of the aims of the CRP and to the Theme objectives.

  • Scientific excellence – the need for clearly defined and focussed objectives, and the promise of innovative outcomes which can be achieved within the planned study.

  • Compatibility of Fellow and Host – the proposal demonstrates that the capabilities of the Fellow and the Host are compatible and that the infrastructure available in the host location will support success with the work proposed.

  • The feasibility of achieving the goals set in the proposed work – the extent to which the proposal demonstrates that the outcomes of the proposal are achievable within the timeframe requested.

  • The scientific record and achievements of the proposer – judged for example by contributions to science and the scientific literature published.

  • Crossing disciplines – the extent to which the proposed study involves interactions between scientific disciplines, and a readiness to engage with those beyond the research community to explore wider societal implications.

  • Dissemination – the project’s plans for appropriate dissemination of the accomplishments to optimise the benefits to society.

  • Potential impact – what practical outcome the research project will result in and how it will influence or advance the field or work.

  • Policy relevance – how and the degree to which the research proposal will inform policy makers in the development of their national and international agro-food, fisheries or forestry policies.

Benefits:-

  • The Fellowship covers the following:-

    • Travel costs (calculated based on a return economy class air ticket. Note that the travel allowance is calculated to cover a one return trip to and from the host laboratory and the place of domicile.

    • Weekly Subsistence Allowance: currently 600 EUR or 650 EUR per week (depending on the cost of living of the host country). This subsistence allowance is to cover all normal living expenses (accommodation, food, etc.) and incidentals (daily travel to and from work etc.)

    • Terminal charges: A lump sum allowance of 165 EUR is paid to cover transportation costs incurred in the taking and leaving of duties at the host laboratory.

  • Please note that these are the only costs covered by the travel lump sum for the fellowship period and no other costs will be reimbursed.

  • Fellowships may be from 6 to 26 weeks.

  • Approximately three months before your departure date, you will receive an official letter of contract confirming your travel costs lump sum. 

  • If your Fellowship is less than or equal to 12 weeks:

    • You will receive 50% of your total lump sum 8 weeks prior to your departure. This payment will be made by bank transfer.

    • Once your host laboratory has confirmed your arrival with them, you will get a pro-forma invoice for the remaining 50% of your money so it can be transferred to your bank account.

  • If your Fellowship is more than 12 weeks:

    • You will receive 50% of your total lump sum 8 weeks prior to your departure. This payment will be made by bank transfer.

    • Once your host laboratory has confirmed your arrival with them, you will get a pro-forma invoice for 25% of the remaining amount.

    • The remaining 25% of your lump sum will be paid half-way through your fellowship.

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