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(AWARD) Program to support introduction to scientific research

1. Objects and purpose

The objective of this call is to offer competitive financial aid for the introduction to research of young university students with good academic performance.

The purpose is to offer students the opportunity to collaborate with a research group as the first step in the professional development of young researchers.

This award is part of ICE-CSIC's María de Maeztu programme (CEX2020-001058-M).

2. Budget

This program will have a budget of 36,000 euros.

3. Requirements for applying

Any physical person of legal age, of Spanish nationality or of the member states of the European Union and of the signatory states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, as well as foreigners legally able to have the residence permit during the period of enjoyment of the stay, may apply for the aid of this call. Applicants should meet and certify the following requirements at the time of submitting the application:

  • To be enrolled in an official university degree and have passed at least 50% of the "European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System" credits (hereinafter ECTS) or be enrolled in an official University Master's degree in the academic year 2023- Those people who have been enrolled in an official University Master's Degree in the 2022-2023 academic year and meet requirement 3.3 described in this article may also apply.
  • Accredit an average degree grade on a decimal scale of 0-10 with 2 decimals equal to or greater than 6 (or equivalent on the 0-4 scale).
  • Not being enrolled in a Doctorate program.

 

4. Characteristics of the aid

  • The allocation for this program amounts to 36,000 euros.
  • Eight aids will be awarded of 4,500 euros each, which will consist of a 6-month stay in the host research group at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE) of the Higher Scientific Research Council (CSIC) carrying out the selected scientific and technical tasks by the candidate from the list published in Annex I. The corresponding Personal Income Tax contribution will be accrued from the amount.
  • Payment will be made in two periods. The first payment will be made after three months of receiving the aid. The second payment will be made at the end of the aid period (6 months). Both payments will be conditional on a favorable evaluation report from the responsible researcher.

 

5. Procedure

All publications and communications related to this call will be made public on the website of the Institute of Space Sciences http://www.ice.csic.es/.

5.1 Application

  • The deadline to submit applications will be from September 21 to October 6, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (peninsular time).
  • Applications will be submitted by natural persons who meet the requirements established in article 3 of this call, in accordance with the procedure described in this article. Each person may submit only one application.
  • Applications will be made by sending an e-mail to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
  • In the application, the applicant must select, of their free choice, the training project (described in Annex I) in which they wish to participate.
  • Applicants must attach in PDF format the additional documentation that accredits the requirements set out in article 3 of this call, which is listed below:
  • Current document proving identity.
  • University transcripts or academic record of Degree studies, completed or ongoing.
  • If the applicant is a master's student, University transcripts or academic record of Master studies, completed of ongoing.
  • Currículum Vitae (CV) – maximum two pages.

5.2 Evaluation of applications.

The evaluation will be carried out by the Selection Commission in competitive competition, and taking into consideration the documentation provided by the applicants on the closing date of the application submission period, within a maximum period of 10 business days counting from the following day. at the close of the application submission period. The merits that the Selection Committee will value and the maximum score that can be obtained in each of them will be the following:

  • The academic record of the candidate (maximum 4 points).
  • CV of the applicant and the complementary training of the candidate relevant to the training program in the Descriptive Sheet (maximum score 3 points)
  • Suitability of the applicant to the chosen training program (maximum score 3 points).

The Selection committee will be made up of the following researchers from the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC):

  • Ramon Padullés Rulló
  • Maria Kopsacheili
  • Alvaro Sánchez-Monge

Once the application review and evaluation period has ended, the Selection Committee will publish a Provisional Resolution Proposal in which the provisional score of each application will appear. In descending order of score, a number of provisional holders equal to the number of grants called will be indicated (one provisional holder per project). The people on the list of provisional substitutes for each of the projects will be indicated below.

5.3 Correction and allegations

It will be required the persons whose application is excluded to, within a period of ten business days counting from the day following the publication of the provisional list, formulate allegations, according to the instructions of the investigating body, correct the lack or provide the required documentation, with warning that if they do not do so, they will be excluded from the procedure or will be deemed to have abandoned their application.

5.4 Rectification

Once the period for rectification and allegations has ended, and they have been reviewed, the Selection Committee will publish the Final Resolution Proposal.

The holders of each project must contact the researcher responsible for the training plan (included in Annex I) to reach an incorporation agreement, within a maximum period of ten business days, counting from the day following the publication. Likewise, holders can waive aid by also contacting the responsible researcher. All communications must be made by e-mail, including a copy of the address Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

The latest incorporation date will be March 1st, 2024.

In the event that the incorporation agreement is not presented, or the intention to resign is not communicated within the established period, the rights to obtain aid under this call will be lost, and the application will be considered withdrawn.

In the event of resignation or withdrawal, the opportunity to obtain assistance will be offered to the people on the list of substitutes for the same project. If there are no substitutes for the deserted project, the Commission may offer the vacant aid to substitutes for other training projects, always taking into account the prioritization based on the evaluation of the request.

Concession will be notified via email to the beneficiaries with an indication of the training plan and to the research staff responsible for the training plan that corresponds in each case.

6. Acceptance and conditions for enjoying the aid

To formalize the acceptance or renunciation of the scholarship, the beneficiary will have a period of ten business days from the day following the communication of the award. Both acceptance and renunciation will be made by sending it to the email Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

The maximum incorporation date will be March 1st, 2024, and must have been agreed between the beneficiary and the researcher responsible for the training plan. To formalize their incorporation, beneficiaries must present a document with personal data, a document with bank details and an acceptance/commitment document. These documents will be sent to the beneficiaries along with the concession communication.

The aids will last for six consecutive months from the date of incorporation. The beneficiaries will carry out their work at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC), and the greatest presence possible is recommended, always by mutual agreement between the beneficiary and the researcher responsible for the training plan.

The enjoyment of aid does not imply, in any case, an employment or official relationship with the CSIC, or with the ICE research institute. Likewise, the CSIC does not assume any commitment to incorporate the scholarship recipient into its staff at the end of the scholarship awarded.

In the case of non-EU foreigners who have been found eligible, the enjoyment of the scholarship will be conditional on the fact that, before the start of the scholarship, they prove that they have an official residence permit to be able to make their stay in Spain effective during their period of enjoyment.

Acceptance of the aid by the beneficiary implies acceptance of the conditions established in this call

7. Applicable regulations

The aid object of this call will be subject to the provisions of the resolution of February 26, 2020, of the president of the CSIC, which approves the general instruction of Economic Management of CSIC.

8. Contact

The email Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. is available for resolution of all doubts or queries.

 

Projects available


  • Improving H0 measurement reducing systematic uncertainties of Cepheid distances. PI: Lluís Galbany.
  • Radio emission from giant planets and brown dwarfs. PI: Daniele Viganò.
  • Shear viscosity of electromagnetic plasmas in extreme conditions. PI: Cristina Manuel.
  • Analysis of the coincidences between ROHP-PAZ observations and GPM-constellation radar and radiometers. PI: Ramon Padullés.
  • Radar Signal Processing for ocean current measurements. PI: Serni Ribó.
  • Galaxy Surveys, cosmological parameter constrains from weak lensing and clustering. PI: Martin Crocce.
  • Dynamics of Black Holes and their Gravitational Wave emission. PI: Carlos F. Sopuerta and Michele Lenzi.
  • New approach to identify AGN in large-scale spectroscopic surveys. PI: Mar Mezcua and Małgorzata Siudek.
  • The VLA Orion A Large Survey (VOLS): understanding the accretion-ejection connection during the early stages of star formation. PI: Josep M Girart.
  • Unveiling the CoreMass Function in star-forming clusters. PI: Alvaro Sánchez-Monge.
  • Numerical study of magnetic star-planet interaction. PI: Fabio Del Sordo.
  • Development of a magnetic diagnostic subsystem for LISA. PI: Miquel Nofrarias.
  • Machine learning for precision exoplanet studies. PI: Guillem Anglada-Escudé, Ignasi Ribas, Manuel Perger, Juan Carlos Morales, Fabio del Sordo.
  • Orbital evolution of large meteoroids, and their link with asteroids using Python codes. PI: Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez.