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INdAM FELLOWSHIPS IN MATHEMATICS AND/OR APPLICATIONS COFUNDED BY MARIE CURIE ACTIONS

Final Report Summary - INDAM-COFUND-2012 (INdAM FELLOWSHIPS IN MATHEMATICS AND/OR APPLICATIONS COFUNDED BY MARIE CURIE ACTIONS)

1. Overview
The INdAM-COFUND-2012 programme aims were to open the existing INdAM national programme to transnational mobility, to increase transnational mobility of researchers, to foster the collaboration of young mathematicians on an international scale and
to improve working and employment conditions of researchers in an early stage of their careers.
As to the choice of the research programs, the expression "Mathematics and/or its applications" has a very broad meaning. It includes all the fields of Mathematics, applications of Mathematics to the natural and social sciences, e.g. Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Finance and Economics, to Computer Science, to Engineering,
to industry and technology and so on.

The programme was composed by three calls. The fellowships awarded were of three types:

• Outgoing fellowships (with a return phase), intended for Italian nationals or "assimilated" : 5 per Call

• Incoming fellowships, intended for Italy non-nationals from a EU Member State (MS) different from Italy, an Associated Country (AC) or a Third Country: 4 per Call

• Reintegration fellowships, intended for Italian nationals who have carried out research in a Third Country for at least 3 years in the last 4 years prior to the deadline: 1 per Call


The fellows were completely free in choosing the research institution (either public or private or when applicable a combination of both),
and the supervisors and/or collaborators most suitable to conduct successfully his/her project, provided that the host institution is
not located in Italy for the first phase of Outgoing fellowships, and located in Italy for Incoming and Reintegration fellowships and for the return phase of Outgoing fellowships.

The duration of the Programme was 60 months. The total number of fellowships is 30. The total number of fellow-years is 60.


Like the previous INdAM-COFUND programme, INdAM-COFUND-2012 fully implemented the current INdAM policy for fellowships, based on
supporting researchers, selected only on the choose their host institutions, their supervisors and their programs (rather than supporting institutions or senior researchers so that they can choose their fellows).

Across the three calls, a total of 12 Incoming, 15 Outgoing and 3 Reintegration fellowships werw awarded.

Outgoing fellowships consist of an outgoing phase of 18 months and a return phase of 6 months. Incoming and Reintegration fellowships last 24 months.

The list of host institutions, that can be found at the end of this summary, shows not only that the quality of the institutions involved is very high but also that the outgoing phase of the programme is very well spread both on European and non European territory, which was one of the goal of the programme and so achieving the main goals of the programme.

2 Eligibility criteria for applicants
On the date of the relevant deadline for submission of proposals, applicants to the INdAM-COFUND fellowship programme must be experienced researchers, that is, they must either: (i) be in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it, or
(ii) have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

3. Selection process
In order to ensure the selection of the best possible candidates INdAM appointed a Panel
that is in charge of the final decision. For each Call a different Panel has been appointed; each Panel included at least one international expert, as well as one expert from a private organization.

Proposals have been evaluated by the Panel with the assistance of independent experts (referees).

The Panel has allocated each proposal to two or more independent referees, taking account of their fields of expertise, and avoiding conflicts of interest. Referees have been chosen internationally. Each proposal has been assessed independently by each referee and was evaluated against pre-determined evaluation criteria.

Referees have performed evaluations on a personal basis, not as representatives of their employer, their country or any other entity. They were requested to be independent, impartial and objective, and to behave throughout in a professional manner, through a confidentiality and conflict of interest declaration which has been accepted before beginning their work. Confidentiality rules have been adhered to at all times, before, during and after the evaluation.
The total number of referees that was involved in the evaluation is 266.


4. Appointment conditions
Selected fellows are recruited under a status equivalent to a fixed amount fellowship, with social security coverage and social benefits. The contract consists of:
an amount to be paid directly to the fellow (the sum of the living allowance and the mobility allowance);
a travel allowance, to be paid to the fellow as reimbursement of travel tickets;
insurance costs to be paid by INdAM in favour of the fellow, to provide coverage for work accidents, occupational diseases and invalidity benefits;
a research cost contribution (RCC1) to be paid by INdAM to the host Institution(s) either by a direct transfer, or as a payment of invoices, in the interest of the fellow;
- a research cost contribution (RCC2) to be paid by INdAM directly to the fellow as reimbursement of expenses for the direct purchase of any material (excluding hardware) or consumable goods needed for his/her research, and of travel and living expenses for participation to scientific events.
It has to be noted that RCC1 has been found very useful by the fellows who often used it
to organize small workshop or short visit of international experts to their institutions.

5. Scientific output
The fellows published, cumulatively, more than 120 peer reviewed papers and submitted around 60 more which are still under review.
Furthermore they participated in more than 150 international conferences and presented their work in more than 90. They also disseminated
their work by giving more 70 invited seminar at Universities and research centers.


6. Website and contact details
Beneficiary: Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica "Francesco Severi" (INdAM) Postal address: Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5 – 00185 Roma – Italia
Telephone: +39 06490320 - 064440665
Fax: +39 064462293
INdAM website: https://www.altamatematica.it/ Programme website: https://www.altamatematica.it/indam-cofund/cofund2012/



List of Host Institutions

Agencia Estatal, Madrid, Spain
King's college, London, U.K.
Insituté de Jussieu, Paris, France
La Sapienza, Roma, Italy
Loughborough University, U.K.
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
The University of Edinburgh, U.K.
The University of Toronto, Canada
Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
Università di Bologna, Italy
Università di Camerino, Italy
Università di Genova, Italy
Università di L'Aquila, Italy
Università di Milano, Italy
Università di Padova, Italy
Università di Parma, Italy
Università di Perugia, Italy
Università di Pisa, Italy
Università di Torino, Italy
Università ``Federico II'', Napoli, Italy
Universität Kassel, Germany
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
University of Cambridge, U.K.