I forbindelse med utlysningen av 3-5 fremragende fagmiljøer inviterte Fakultetet for teknologi, kunst og design (TKD) seniorrådgiver i FoU-avdelingen, Vera Østensen til å fortelle mer om 3-5-utlysningen.
Informasjonsmøtet ble gjennomført på Zoom på engelsk med over 40 deltakere.
Q&A from Info-meeting about 3-5 EAE on 08.06.2020
Q: The call previously read that at least one of the EAE’s should be in technology. This is no longer explicitly written. Why is that?
A: An EAE in technology is desirable. However, the evaluations must all be based on the quality of the environment and the application. Therefore, the specification of “technology” is no longer present.
No longer relevant as the call has been changed to include technology. Please see: https://ansatt.oslomet.no/en/call-for-excellent-academic-environments-eae-based-at-oslomet
Q: In the case that interviews should be held in order to make a decision; when will these take place?
A: Interviews will only be conducted if there are many eligible candidates with the same score. These must be held before the final announcement of which environments have been granted funding. The announcement will take place in the second week of November.
Q: Does the environment have to be well established, or can it be a newly started environment?
A: Think excellence, Bottom up, Science for Science, beyond state of the art. Two types of CVs are expected and accepted. Both from established researchers and young, up and coming researchers. There should be enough to build on so that you may be ready to apply for an SFF in five years’ time. It may be necessary to have at least one experienced researcher as a leader.
The focus is; does the environment have the potential to produce excellent research. It could be now or within 4 years’ time.
Q: Is any particular definition of the term Technology used, or is that up to the applicant?
A: The definition of the term “technology” is up to the applicant and should be defined in the application to the degree that is important.
Q: If it is not required for the environment to be cross-disciplinary; will it be advantageous if it is?
A: cross-disciplinarity is not a requirement, but if you have it you should showcase why it needs to be cross-/interdisciplinary. What will the cross-disciplinarity bring to the table regarding new science? – with focus on the impact for science. If the environment is strong enough in itself, this is not necessary.
Q: What size should the environment be?
A: One should have an ambition to build a large group within a 10-year period. However, at present time the environment should be strong enough to compete and be able to build this group. In establishing the environment, you should think about national and international collaborators.
For examples of previously funded SFFs, please see the following link:
Q: When it comes to the hiring of PhDs or Post-docs, it may be more beneficial in some fields (specially in technological fields) to be able to hire research engineers; will it be possible to generalise the position offered to hiring of one researcher or potentially one or two engineers?
A: At present, these positions must be PhDs or Post-doc.’s. You may point out in the application that you would be interested in converting this position into another type of role, and then describe the desired role and the reason for this.
Q: With regards to assessment criteria. From the call, it looks like the research idea will be the main focus. At the same time you are talking about the leader(s). How will this be balanced?
Will partners be able to access some of the funding?
A: The EAE will only be granted funding if the research/ environment/project is feasible. This depends on both the idea, organization and the CVs - in combination.
As long as the funding can be used to strengthen the environment that should be ok. The funding will not cover any overhead for persons involved internally and/or externally.
Q: Is there a maximum of how many co-leaders an environment can have?
A: There should be a maximum of two co-leaders. Based on expertise and experience.
You may have many principal investigators in the environment, max 5 cvs are to be uploaded in the application form.
Q: How is the term research excellence to be understood? Does it have to be theoretically oriented, or could it also be practically oriented?
A: Excellence is defined as excellence in research. Science for science, see call text
You may also see info on the RCN’s SFF schemes and the related call: https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/call-for-proposals/2020/sentre-for-fremragende-forskning--sff-v--trinn-1/
Q: If one is eligible to apply both as young talent and senior researcher, is there any preference when it comes to the evaluation?
A: You are not applying as one or the other. We will evaluate the CVs and make this decision based on the CV’s. It is good to include young researchers. We will also look at the environment’s potential to attract and train research talent. We use 2 different CV templates so that early stage researchers also can highlight their research activity and be evaluated more fairly in comparison to more senior researchers.
Q: Can the proposal be based on an infrastructure project that we are currently developing?
A: If you are building an environment that is going to be doing research, this may be used. As long as research is in focus. Remember to read the evaluation criteria in depth.
Q: What can the “up to one million per year” be used for?
A: It can be used to build the environment, find partners and develop the research idea.
When making a tentative budget; show what the money is to be used for and when. Funding not used in one year cannot be transferred to a later year. The funding will not cover overhead. It can be used to reduce/buy out teaching/other obligations. It cannot be used to buy equipment that has longer “lifetime” than the project period. Then only depreciation cost can be covered in the period.
Q: How broad should the scope of the proposal and the environment be? Research group level? Dept. level?
A: It should be an environment that will produce science/research that one person alone could not do. If the work is possible to do by oneself, it does not qualify. Focus on the type of research and partners in a 10-year time-span. It may be helpful to look at SFFs that have been granted in the past to get a better sense of this.
Q: Could the full form be uploaded so one can make a mock-up scheme? Could we get a map of how the partners should be evaluated? Must the contacts and partners be ready before submitting?
A: The application should include a description of the EAE organization. Define the key partners into the project and use a table to make it easier to understand that includes name, competence and affiliation - Different roles, different competences. Include an organizational structure. Show what type of partners are included and why.
Only plans have to be included, but it has to be well planned. But it should not necessarily be ready.
Q: How will the different criteria be weighted? How about principal investigators? Will that depend on the structure proposed?
V: Excellence, environment and organization will all be weighted, but excellence will be most important. Number of PI’s; The CV’s of five proposed main PIs should be uploaded.
Q: Should we include a budget in the application?
A: Include an estimate of the overall use of the one million in the application. A template for this has now been added to the net form. You should upload a 1-page budget description
Q: Is it possible for a “professor II” to apply?
A: A “Professor II” may absolutely be a partner in an EAE.
Q: With regards to the evaluators; usually RCN uses experts in the fields. How would external evaluators be recruited? Is it possible for applicants to give input for who can be evaluator?
V: In the form, key-words should be put in to give input on what competence the external evaluators should have. The chosen evaluators may not be experts in the subfield, but will have relevant competence and experience.
Q: How will the internal process at TKD be? Will you make suggestions for cooperation if you see the possibilities in the applications?
A: That is something we will look at and we may make such suggestions. It is also possible to be the owner of one application and a partner in another.
General info and advice
Make sure to ask for help and information. A box will be added in the net-form for those who plan on applying for RCN large, interdisciplinary research project with a deadline on February 10th 2021. This to make sure the internal process of selecting who OsloMet will support for this call does not make you have to apply twice internally (the call in questions requires that OsloMet contributes with in-kind funding matching the RCN funding). https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/call-for-proposals/2020/large-scale-interdisciplinary-researcher-project/
Vera is always available for questions by e-mail:
email@example.com and if urgent, please text her: 90 18 09 14
A new info-meeting with Q&A will be held in early September.
No one should apply for an SFF this fall.
And remember that all applications for EAE must go through the R&D dept. at TKD before being submitted to the central process.