NSF Research Opportunities in Europe

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows

NSF 18-055

March 15, 2018

Dear Colleague:

BACKGROUND

To further scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United States, an Implementing Arrangement was signed on July 13,2012 to enable U.S. scientists and engineers with NSF-funded CAREER awards and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to pursue research collaboration with European colleagues supported through EU-funded European Research Council (ERC) grants.

Connecting researchers with complementary strengths and shared interests promotes scientific progress in solving some of the world's most vexing problems. This international research opportunity is mutually beneficial to the U.S. participants and the hosts through cooperative activities during research visits and also by establishing international research partnerships to enrich future research activities in Europe and the U.S.

Under the Arrangement, the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) identifies ERC-funded research groups who wish to host NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows for research visits of up to one year within their ERC funding.

This is the final year of the program.

OPPORTUNITY

This letter invites current Postdoctoral Research Fellows to apply for research visits to any identified, appropriate European research group. Instructions on how to apply and other relevant policies and requirements are provided below. A similar Dear Colleague Letter invites NSF CAREER awardees to participate (see NSF 18-054).

ERCEA has provided a list of ERC-funded principal investigators and research teams interested in hosting NSF Postdoctoral Fellows. NSF Fellows should request this list via email from nsf-erc [at] nsf [dot] gov, and then communicate directly with ERC PIs to as certain areas of mutual interest and research goals for a visit. Fellows may then submit their requests directly to their NSF Program Officers. If approved by NSF, the request is forwarded to ERCEA for review and for making arrangements with the ERC-funded project.

The European hosts will provide funding to support in-country living expenses during the visits.

NSF will provide travel funds to and from Europe.

Activities are subject to availability of funds and all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and programs of the ERC and NSF.

ELIGIBILITY

Only NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows with active fellowships are eligible to apply. For definition, research visits of less than 6 months are considered short-term, whereas visits of 6 months to one year are long-term visits. The maximum length of a visit is limited to 12 months.

CONDITIONS

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows may apply for a single short-term or long-term research visit. Time spent in Europe will be in addition to, rather than in lieu of,the NSF-funded fellowship duration. NSF will cover round-trip transportation for the Fellow's visit and, in the case of long-term visits, for qualified family members (as defined in Uniform Guidance § 200.474: Travel Costs). During the visit, the Fellow's compensation will be provided from the existing ERC funding. Any applicable health coverage expenses, in accordance with the applicable national law and regulations, will also be borne through the ERC grant. Other eligible costs incurred during the visit that are directly related to the ERC-funded project may also be allowed. Fellowship awards will not be supplemented; payment for travel will be issued directly from NSF to the Fellow.

NSF Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to report on the research visits in their annual and final project reports, as appropriate, and may be asked to participate in follow-up evaluation activities.

HOW TO APPLY

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows should contact their cognizant Program Officers to discuss the proposed visits prior to submitting their requests via email.

The request consists of:

  • Description of research to be performed during the visit at the host location, no more than 3 pages, and how it relates to current research and more broadly to career goals
  • 2-page biographical sketch of the Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2-page biographical sketch of the ERC-funded host
  • Time line for the proposed activity
  • IRB, IACUC, permits, other special clearances needed, if any Communication from the ERC-funded PI host indicating:
    • how the proposed visit fits within the ERC project
    • facilities and resources that will be made available to the Fellow, and
    • the expectations the ERC host has for the Fellow's visit
  • Communication from the Fellowship sponsoring scientist indicating how the proposed visit fits within the research and career plans of the Fellow.

NSF may share the request in its entirety with ERC staff and the proposed host PI. Requests must be received at NSF at least 4 months prior to the proposed visit.

WHEN TO APPLY

The deadline is April 20, 2018.

For further information, please contact nsf-erc [at] nsf [dot] gov.

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF CAREER Awardees

NSF 18-054

March 15, 2018

Dear Colleague:

BACKGROUND

To further scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United States, an Implementing Arrangement was signed on July 13, 2012 to enable U.S.-based scientists and engineers with NSF-funded CAREER awards and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to pursue research collaboration with European colleagues supported through EU-funded European Research Council (ERC) grants.

Connecting researchers with complementary strengths and shared interests promotes scientific progress in solving some of the world's most vexing problems. This international research opportunity is mutually beneficial to the U.S. participants and their hosts through cooperative activities during research visits and also by establishing international research partnerships to enrich future research activities in Europe and the U.S.

Under the Arrangement, the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) identifies ERC-funded research groups who wish to host CAREER awardees for research visits of up to one year within their ERC funding.

This is the final year of the program.

OPPORTUNITY

This letter invites current CAREER awardees to apply for research visits to any identified, appropriate European research group. Further, the letter gives instructions on how to apply and other relevant policies and requirements. A similar Dear Colleague Letter invites NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows to participate (see NSF 18-055).

ERCEA has provided a list of ERC-funded principal investigators and research teams interested in hosting NSF CAREER awardees. CAREER awardees should request this list via email from nsf-erc [at] nsf [dot] gov, and then communicate directly with ERC PIs to ascertain areas of mutual interest and research goals for a visit. They then must discuss their plans for their visits with the NSF Program Officer managing their CAREER awards prior to submitting a supplemental funding request. If approved by NSF, the request is forwarded to ERCEA for review and confirmation with the ERC-funded project.

The European hosts will provide funding to support in-country living expenses during the visits.

NSF will provide travel funds to/from Europe.

Activities are subject to availability of funds and all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and programs of the ERC and NSF.

ELIGIBILITY

Only CAREER awardees with active awards may apply. For definition, research visits of less than 6 months are considered short-term, whereas visits of 6 months to one year are long-term visits. The maximum visit duration is limited to 12 months. The visit(s) should begin at least 12 months prior to the expiration date of the NSF CAREER award.

CONDITIONS

NSF CAREER awardees may apply for a single short-term or long-term research visit or multiple short- term visits, e.g., for joint experiments. Multiple short-term visits should aggregate to an agreed-upon number of visits and minimum time, e.g., 6 months.

CAREER awardees will continue to receive NSF funding during the period of the European visit, and their salaries will be covered in accordance with the award terms and conditions. NSF will provide supplemental funding to the CAREER award for the foreign travel expenses of the awardee for short- term visits and, if requested, for the awardee plus qualified family members (as defined in Uniform Guidance § 200.474Travel Costs) for long-term visits.

In-country costs should be provided from the existing ERC funding in accordance with applicable national laws and regulations, commensurate with the level of experience of the CAREER awardee. These in- country costs may include subsistence on a per diem basis, or other appropriate arrangement by the host institution. Other eligible costs incurred during the visit that are directly related to the ERC-funded project may also be allowed and should be agreed with the European host prior to submitting the request.

CAREER awardees will be expected to report on the research visits in their annual and final project reports, as appropriate, and may be asked to participate in follow-up evaluation activities.

HOW TO APPLY

Research visits will be funded for NSF CAREER awardees as supplements to their awards. Supplemental funding requests will be prepared in accordance with standard policies and procedures using FastLane following consultation with the cognizant Program Officer.

The supplemental funding request consists of:

  • description of the research to be performed during the visit at the host location, no more than 3 pages, and how it relates to current research and more broadly to career goals2-page biographical sketch of the U.S. PI
  • 2-page biographical sketch of the European collaborator
  • time-line for the proposed activity
  • IRB/IACUC approvals, permits, and/or other special clearances needed, if any
  • budget and budget justification
  • communication from the department chair of the U.S. PI endorsing the visit
  • communication from the ERC-funded PI host indicating:
    1. how the proposed project fits within the ERC project
    2. facilities and resources to be made available to the CAREER awardee and
    3. expectations that the ERC PI host has for the visit.
  • communication of endorsement from the ERC host institution.

NSF may share the supplemental funding request in its entirety with ERC staff and the ERC-funded host PI.

WHEN TO APPLY

The deadline for European research opportunity supplements is April 21, 2018.

For further information, please contact nsf-erc [at] nsf [dot] gov.