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INCA Report Summary

Project ID: 600398
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Sweden

Periodic Report Summary 1 - INCA (International Career Grant)

The Swedish Research Council (SRC) has established a mobility program for early career fellowships, called INCA (International Career Grant). The program aimed at having two calls (Y1 and Y2) to support the best young researchers with potential to become future research leaders. The SRC also aimed at taking an actively supporting role during the grant period, including leadership training and networking activities.

The objectives of the programme were; the programme should be open to all nationalities, the applicants have worked between two and seven years after their Ph.D. exam, they must have relation to Sweden (incoming or outgoing) and the grants should be administered by a Swedish university, by which the fellow will be employed.

The calls have been published on the SRC website, they have been highlighted in the SRC newsletter and in the SRC web magazine Curie. Information about the INCA calls was also published in EUROAXESS.

All applications were first evaluated for their scientific quality in parallel panels (“subject specific panels”) and then in a second panel (“common panel”) where their career potentials were evaluated.

The applications were assessed with the below criteria:
I. Overall scientific quality
(1) Novelty and originality
(2) Scientific quality of the proposed research
(3) Merits of applicant
(4) Feasibility
II. Career plan potential
(1) Cohesiveness
(2) Leadership development potential
(3) Obligations of the Swedish host university and, if applicable, other host university

A seven-grade scale was used for all criteria (except feasibility which has a three-grade scale). The common panel made an overall assessment weighing both scientific quality (60 %) and career potential (40 %). The panel made a final ranking list of proposals recommended for funding.

The first call closed April 23, 2014. The SRC received 95 applications and after assessment, 24 fellows were selected, six within the area of Medicine and Health, 12 within Natural and Engineering sciences and six within Humanities and Social Sciences. Of the selected, 15 were males and 9 females, however, there were more males applying and the success rate were 33 % for females and 22 % for males (25 % in total). Of the selected, 15 were Swedish citizens and 9 were foreign, only six fellows were incoming to Sweden, the rest were outgoing. So far, only one of the fellows has quit the program.

The second call closed February 26, 2015. The SRC received 95 applications from which 29 fellows were selected, 9 within the area of Medicine and Health, 17 within Natural and Engineering sciences and three within Humanities and Social Sciences. Of the selected, 19 were males and 10 females, however, there were more males applying and the success rate were 26 % for females and 32 % for males (29 % in total). Of the selected, 19 were Swedish citizens and 10 were foreign citizens, 13 fellows were incoming to Sweden and 16 were outgoing. Three of the selected fellows declined the fellowship since they received other funding.

The fellows from Y1 received funding for up to 4 years, including living allowance, mobility allowance and a project grant, they started their project in beginning of 2015. The fellows from Y2 received funding for up to 3 years, including living allowance, mobility allowance and a project grant, they started their project in beginning of 2016. All fellows (except a few on parental leave) have completed a one-week leadership course in Stockholm.

Contact

Karin Tegerstedt, (Research Officer)
Tel.: +46 8 546 44 257
Fax: +46 8 546 44 180
E-mail

Subjects

Life Sciences
Record Number: 187565 / Last updated on: 2016-08-22
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