About the programme
The EPICUR Alliance welcomes early career researchers of all disciplines to carry out collaborative research projects (“EPIClusters”) meant to tackle scientific and societal challenges for a period not exceeding six months.
The EPICluster Mobility Program’s main objectives are to:
- Welcome early career researchers in hybrid residencies with the unique opportunity to run interdisciplinary research projects;
- Foster new research techniques by encouraging the use of interdisciplinary skills;
- Access research infrastructures at EPICUR’s partner universities
- Produce and transfer results through setting up an open, scholarly program that is directed at broader audiences and addresses the complex challenges faced by European/global society;
- Shape future academic careers while ensuring that every participant receives continuous supervision and guidance; to provide early career researchers with concrete perspectives by the end of the residency;
- Establish long-term cooperation between academia and external stakeholders, including society in general, to develop more sustainable strategies for education and training, research and innovation.
EPIClusters offer tailor-made experiences at one of the partner universities for researchers from both academic and non-academia and serve as a network for scientific exploration and ideas spanning the Alliance. Each EPICluster will gather at least 5 early career researchers and non-university professionals in residence at one of the EPICUR-Research partner universities for a 1-to-6-month residency for research, creation, and experimentation.
The Call for Applications is open to groups of a minimum of 5 early career researchers. Applicants must come from at least 3 different EPICUR universities. Applications are accepted from all scientific disciplines addressing one or more EPIChallenges.
Application and selection procedures for an EPICluster conform to the European Commission’s hiring practices standards, ensuring observance of values such as transparency in the selection process and equal treatment of all applicants. EPICUR welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, race, color, national, ethnic, or social origin, religion, beliefs, or sexual orientation.
The University of Strasbourg (UNISTRA) and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (AMU) will welcome EPICluster participants in residence for the 2023 Call for Applications.
The selection committee responsible for examining applications includes 8 researchers nominated by EPICUR’s partner universities and 2 early career researchers nominated by EPICUR’s Early Career Researcher Board. Once the applications have been examined, the selection committee will decide on the list of selected groups, as well as the duration of the residency that will be granted to them.