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Periodic Report Summary 2 - PISCOPIA (PISCOPIA Programme)

The “PISCOPIA Programme” is a new programme promoted by the University of Padova (UNIPD) which aims at increasing the European-wide mobility possibilities for multisectorial training and career development of experienced researchers.

Project general objectives
The University of Padova offers PISCOPIA fellowships to international researchers in order to achieve the following general objectives:
1. Contribute to the mobility of talented researchers across European Research Area, according to the scope of Marie-Curie COFUND actions;
2. Contribute to the internationalization of the Veneto and the Italian Research Systems;
3. Favor the development of innovative research lines at the UNIPD;
4. Broaden and deepen researcher’s individual competence, in particular in terms of acquisition of multi or interdisciplinary skills and inter-sectoral experiences.

Calls
The Programme lasts 60 months and provides for 3 calls, awarding fellowships lasting 12 or 24 months and included into 2 mobility schemes:
- 2 incoming calls, open to applicants from any country inside or outside Europe
- 1 re-integration call, open to applicants from Member State or Associated Countries interested in returning to Europe after a mobility experience in a Third Country.
Candidates could apply for fellowships in any research topic within the scientific disciplines studied at the University of Padova and grouped into three Scientific macro areas: Physical Sciences and Engineering (subareas: Mathematics, Physics, Chemical Sciences, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Earth Sciences); Life Sciences (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Biology, Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Psychology); Social Sciences and Humanities (Philology, Literature, Art, and Ancient Sciences, History, Philosophy and Pedagogical Sciences, Juridical Sciences, Economical Sciences and Statistics, Social and Political Sciences)
All the foreseen calls were published, as according to proposal:
- The first Incoming call (call 2013.1) and the Reintegration call (call 2013.2) were published on 16th September 2013 and closed on 22nd November 2013
- The second Incoming call (call 2014) opened on 26th September 2014 and closed on 21st November 2014.
After calls 2013, 19 fellows were selected, out of which 18 started their employment contract.

Figures of Call 2013
For the “Incoming fellowship 12 months” type, 7 fellowships were available, 38 proposals were received, out of which 28 were eligible; the successful proposals after peer-review were 15, 14 candidates were invited to the interview. 7 fellowships were awarded.
For the “Incoming fellowship 24 months” type, 7 fellowships were available, 133 proposals were received, out of which 114 were eligible; the successful proposals after peer-review were 77, 20 candidates were invited to the interview. 8 fellowships were awarded.
For the “Reintegration fellowship 24 months” type, 5 fellowships were available, 10 proposals were received, out of which 7 were eligible; the successful proposals after peer-review were 4, 4 candidates were invited to the interview. 4 fellowships were awarded.

Call 2014 provided for seven 24-month Incoming fellowships. Further 20 fellow-months remained available from call 2014 (due to withdrawals of candidates); UNIPD decided to top up with 4 fellow-months; therefore, eight 24-month fellowships were awarded.

Figures of Call 2014
For the “Incoming fellowship 24 months” type, 7+1 fellowships were available, 114 proposals were received, out of which 99 were eligible; the successful proposals after peer-review were 77, 17 candidates were invited to the interview. 8 fellowships were awarded.

Website of the PISCOPIA Fellowship Programme: http://www.unipd.it/en/piscopia-fellowships

Reported by

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy

Subjects

Life Sciences
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