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Call for Early Careers - RDA 14th Plenary

16 May 2019 - 09:30 to 16 August 2019 - 17:00

Frequently Asked Questions


RDA Europe is offering financial support to Early Career European Researchers & Scientists working with data to attend the 14th RDA Plenary meeting, to be held in Helsinki, Finland 23-25 October 2019

Now at its 12th edition, the RDA Europe Early Career programme has become a platform for early career researchers working with data to share ideas, experiences and practical advice, while learning what leading data scientists and practitioners are currently working on. This programme has offered grant winners the opportunity to engage directly with and support the work of RDA Working and Interest Groups, to learn and contribute, and become a part of the RDA global data sharing community.

RDA Europe is offering up to nine grants of maximum €1300 to Early Career European Researchers & Scientists working with data to attend the 14th RDA Plenary meeting, to be held in Helsinki, Finland 23-25 October 2019
Interested candidates are invited to fill in the application form, linked below, in order to apply for the programme. Please review the details below before you apply. The successful applicants will be offered financial support to participate in the 14th RDA Plenary and will be:

  • Required to display a poster summarising their studies and areas of interest during the plenary meeting;
  • Assigned to a working or interest group and expected to attend group meetings;
  • Asked to take notes and provide a summary of the group’s meeting for internal use by the group members;
  • Required to write a publishable summary about the 14th RDA Plenary meeting to be posted as a blog / news piece on the RDA website, referencing the applicant as the author directly.

The applicants should satisfy the following criteria:

  • Currently engaged in Bachelor, Masters, PhD or Postdoc studies - note that applicants must be enrolled in a higher education study course or within maximum 5 years after completing a PhD in the case of Postdoc studies;
  • is conducted in a higher education or research institution based in one of the EU Member states or Associated countries (for reference please consult http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/3cpart/h2020-hi-list-ac_en.pdf);
  • Studies are of relevance to RDA Recommendations or Outputs and cover at least one of the Working or Interest Groups.

Further criteria and conditions:

  • Previous Early Career programme winners should not re-apply.
  • It is not possible to apply for both the Early Career support programme and the Expert support programme in the same round.
  • RDA Ambassadors are not eligible for the Early Career support programme.
  • Members of RDA governance bodies (TAB, OAB, Council & Secretariat) are not eligible for the Early Career support programme.
  • People working on the RDA Europe 4.0 project (e.g. Governing and Executive Board members, seconded personnel or those involved in delivering existing grants) are not eligible for the Early Careers support programme.

Applications will be evaluated by a group of external expert evaluators, according to the following criteria:

  • Area of interest, relevance of their work to RDA activities and foreseen benefits (criterion weight 60%);
  • Proficiency in English (good knowledge of English will be required to generate content) (criterion weight 20%);
  • Understanding of the European Data Infrastructures landscape, including initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud; the FAIR data movement; knowledge of the Open Science agenda, and how these intend to evolve in Europe (criterion weight 20%);
  • Evaluation will also consider the following criteria to establish balanced and diverse participation and distribution of grants:
    • Geographical balance
    • Gender balance
    • Preference given to candidates who have not already previously received RDA funding
    • Preference given to candidates in underrepresented fields within RDA

The Early Career support programme will offer up to nine grants of maximum €1300 to support participation at this Plenary Meeting.

What costs can be reimbursed?

For reimbursement of ECR grants, the University of Göttingen cost accounting practices apply. The following costs are eligible:

  • Flights, trains and public transport to and from the conference venue (Economy fares only)
  • Maximum four nights accommodation in Helsinki or Espoo (Finland)
  • Hotel costs are reimbursed up to €136 per night (excluding breakfast)
  • Conference fee (Early Bird rate)
  • Costs for Licensed Taxis are eligible only if public transport is not available
  • No daily allowance

Maximum total costs reimbursed will be €1300.

How will costs be reimbursed?

Costs will be reimbursed after successful participation in the activity. Successful applicants will need to complete the form for ‘Travel expense reimbursement of invited/dispatched staff members’ from the University of Göttingen, and attach original receipts. This must be submitted to the University of Göttingen within 30 days after travel.

Katharina Mueller or Kurosh Navabi

Interested candidates are invited to complete the online application form by 16th August 2019, 17:00 CEST. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application on the 9th September 2019.

Please use the form linked below to submit your application. If you cannot see the form, please login / register.

Important dates

Application period opens - 16 May 2019

Application period closes - 16 August 2019 17:00 CEST

Notification of results - 9 September 2019

Latest update 17th June 2019