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Call For Experts - RDA 14th Plenary

16 May 2019 - 10:00 to 16 August 2019 - 17:00

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RDA Europe Expert support programme for the RDA 14th Plenary Meeting

RDA Europe offers up to seven grants of maximum €1300 to expert European Researchers & Scientists working with data to attend the 14th RDA Plenary meeting, to be held in Helsinki, Finland 23-25 October 2019

The purpose of the grants is to encourage and support participation of individuals who have a strong interest in RDA, and are drivers or adopters of one or more of the RDA outputs to enable data sharing by or from their project or organization.

The programme was designed to support the participation of European Experts, mid-career or senior data professional / scientists, to RDA, its Plenary working meetings and ensure expert input into key activities such as the adoption of the RDA Recommendations and Outputs. All successful candidates will be expected to provide a detailed report as part of the grant assignment. The report can cover various topics, can give an account of the group meetings attended but will have to have a particular focus on adoption highlighting any adoption use cases (finalized or in progress), the adopting organisations, challenges and lessons learned. Furthermore grant winners will be invited to support the Mentorship programme coordinated by the RDA Early Career and Engagement Interest Group.

The applicants should satisfy the following criteria:

  • Experts are broadly defined as mid-career or senior data professionals / scientists;
  • Be involved in RDA as active member, participant, chair, or contributor to a WG or IG, especially in the past 12 to 18 months;
  • Be proactive and willing to contribute to RDA Recommendations or Outputs testing and adoption activities in European institutions;
  • Actively engage in Plenaries, national, and/or regional workshops and related initiatives;
  • Have the ability to recruit collaborators across different segments of the European data community;
  • Be part of an active data community and have a good understanding of the European Data Infrastructures landscape, including initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud; the FAIR movement; knowledge of the Open Science agenda, and how these intend to evolve in Europe;
  • Reside/work in one of the EU Member states or Associated countries (for reference please consult following link);

Further criteria and conditions:

  • Previous Expert programme winners can apply, but should only apply in later rounds as consecutive plenary attendance will not be supported.
  • It is not possible to apply for both the Expert support programme and the Early Career support programme in the same round.
  • RDA Ambassadors are not eligible for the Expert support programme.
  • Members of RDA governance bodies (TAB, OAB, Council & Secretariat) are not eligible for the Expert support programme.
  • People working on the RDA Europe 4.0 (e.g. Governing and Executive Board members, seconded personnel or those involved in delivering existing grants) are not eligible for the Experts support programme.

Candidates will be asked to submit an application that will be evaluated upon the following:

  • A statement describing their interest in and commitment to the vision of RDA, in-progress Working/Interest Groups and/or one or more existing RDA Recommendations and Outputs; plans for future involvement and expected benefits;
  • A summary of previous and current activities demonstrating their involvement and contributions to RDA related activities, Working/Interest groups, development and /or promotion and/or adoption of RDA Recommendations and Outputs in European Institutions;
  • Wider engagement with other initiatives and/or national activities (and the national RDA node, if applicable) belonging to the European Data Infrastructures landscape, including initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud; the FAIR movement; and/or initiatives on defining and implementing the Open Science agenda at national and European levels ;
  • Evaluation will also consider the following criteria to establish balanced and diverse distribution of the grants:
    • Geographical balance
    • Gender balance
    • Preference to candidates that have not already previously received RDA funding
    • Preference to candidates in underrepresented fields within RDA

The Expert support programme will offer up to seven grants of maximum €1300 to support participation to the Plenary meeting.

What costs can be reimbursed?

For reimbursement of Expert 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.

Contact: Katharina Mueller or Kurosh Navabi rda.europe-grants@sub.uni-goettingen.de

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 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 May 2019