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Periodic Report Summary 2 - ICIQ-IPMP (ICIQ International Postdoctoral Mobility Programme)

The aim of the ICIQ-IPMP is to set up a training programme addressed to highly talented and motivated experienced researchers to give them the opportunity to develop their research career at the Institute. We have created a distinctive logo and a template design for documents to highlight the project and make it visible to everybody (See attachment 1 for logo and template).
Postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to join one of the research groups at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), and to follow an individual research project under the supervision and mentoring of an internationally renowned group leader in a stimulating and multidisciplinary scientific environment. They have access to the Institute scientific facilities and scientific life and follow hands-on training activities on the use of scientific instrumentation. Coaching oriented to providing non-scientific skills of key importance for a successful scientific career and to broadening the researcher’s career development is a fundamental aspect of the programme.
The programme consists of 4 calls for an average of 11 positions for a minimum of a two year postdoctoral stay (a total of 88 postdoctoral years). There is the possibility to open an extraordinary call in the middle of the 4th year to compensate early withdrawal of postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral early withdrawals could also be compensated by an extension of another postdoctoral fellow’s stay.
Up to mid-2016 five calls have been published for a total of 53 positions. The first call incorporated 10 fellows between December 2012 and June 2013. We received 160 applications, an average of 16 applications per available position. The second call incorporated 7 fellows between October 2013 and February 2014. We offered 8 positions and we had 113 applications. In April 2014 the third call was opened with a total of 10 positions available. We had 114 applications and we incorporated 7 candidates. In 2015 we published the fourth and fifth calls. The fourth call was opened in February 2015 and offered 10 positions. We had 53 applications and we incorporated 8 candidates. In the fifth call we offered 15 positions and it was opened in September 2015. We had 86 applications and until now we have incorporated 12 candidates.
The positions have been actively and internationally promoted and are open to worldwide researchers on an equal opportunity basis. Attachment 2 shows the advertisements that have been published for the 5 calls. Eligibility for the programme requires geographical mobility and other mobility experiences are positively evaluated. The application procedure is done on-line through the web page of the programme ( It is simple, clear and applicant-friendly. The web page also displays all the information regarding the programme (call fiche, guide for applicants...). After the first call the Selection Committee proposed to create a CV form template as a way to unify the information submitted in the different CVs of all the applicants.
Evaluation has two stages (previous scientific achievements and research project) and the selection criteria are based on the excellence of candidates. The evaluation process is done by the Selection Committee which is mainly composed of external members and is chaired by an internationally recognised scientist. In the first two calls the Chairperson was Prof. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, an internationally well-known and respected organic chemist. In the second and third call the Chairperson was Prof. Enrico Dalcanale, an internationally well-known, supramolecular chemist with a wide experience in European projects. For the fifth call the Chairperson was Prof. Vincent Artero a very talented chemist holding an ERC consolidator grant.

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