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Call: Nordic Graduate Education Courses - eScience Tools and Techniques


The submission deadline for this call has passed
Application deadline
14.10.2015 13:00
Call description

The Nordic eScience Globalisation Initiative (NeGI) under NordForsk is inviting applications for funding of Nordic PhD education courses in the areas within eScience Tools and Techniques specified in the Nordic curriculum below. Each application should cover a course in a single area, but multiple applications for courses covering a set of areas may be submitted by the same applicant.

The course should foster aspects of collaborative research including both the development of new eScience methods and tools as well as the use of such tools for problems in science and technology.

The course should be of excellent quality and cover material at an academic level that merits its inclusion in the local PhD educational programmes of the students.

The application should include a budget with information on salaries, planning, execution and indirect costs including overhead etc. Guidelines for budget specifications are specified in the call formula.

The Nordic Curriculum

A course in one of the core areas 1-7 below may be proposed. A course of this type covers competence and knowledge that is considered to be needed for future researchers in a wide span of fields using eScience research methodology and will often be based on existing courses or course material.

1. Introduction to programming for science
General programming skills needed for applied computations in science, use of languages such as Python and/or Matlab.

2. Advanced programming for science
Development and maintenance of scientific software, testing and verification of software, parallel programming - tools and analysis/optimisation.

3. Collaborative environments and distributed computing
Use of scientific notebooks, virtual desktops, workflows, using cloud computing.

4. Computational methods for simulations
Mathematical models for simulation, numerical methods for differential equations, implementation in languages such as Python and/or Matlab, use of tools and software packages.

5. Models and computations for multiscale problems
Mathematical models for simulation, numerical methods for differential equations, implementation and use of tools and software packages.

6. Computational methods for data analysis
Statistical models for data analysis, numerical methods for data analysis computations, implementation in R and/or other languages, use of tools and software packages.

7. Large data sets and data mining
Data preprocessing, classification, clustering, machine learning algorithms, algorithms based on numerical linear algebra, e.g. PCA/SVD, implementation and use of tools and software packages.

Alternatively, a new specialised cross-disciplinary course in one of the areas 8-9 below may be proposed. A course of this type will focus on supporting the NeGI Nordic Center of Excellence efforts and on providing PhD education in eScience tools and techniques for emerging areas.

8. eScience tools and techniques for research on climate and environment

9. eScience tools and techniques for research on health and social preconditions for health

Who is eligible to apply?

Project Leaders at universities and other institutions engaged in PhD education in one of the NeGI co-funding countries, i.e. Finland, Norway or Sweden, are eligible to apply.

Management and organisation
The Project Leader is responsible for the professional implementation and completion of the course on behalf of the Project Manager and should have a direct affiliation with the Project Manager. The Project Manager is the institution responsible for administering the grant.
Eligibility criteria

The PhD education course should take place in the Nordic(*) countries, and should be organised as an intensive course (minimum 10 full working days, maximum 3 concentrated sessions) for PhD students and potentially also young researchers (at the PostDoc level). The course should make use of existing competence in the Nordic(*) countries and include leading researchers from at least three Nordic countries as teachers.

Applicants should describe how to

  • work towards a broad participation of students from the Nordic countries
  • provide students access to relevant e-infrastructure resources

The Project Leader is responsible for ensuring that all the institutions, groups and lecturers mentioned in the application have confirmed their participation in the work, through a Letter of Intent.

In accordance with its gender policy, NordForsk promotes gender balance among researchers as well as gender perspectives within the research activity as important aspects of research quality. All projects that receive funding from NordForsk must describe how gender perspectives will be incorporated or given consideration in the project.

(*) Nordic is defined here as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands.

Financial framework

 

  • Course development could be co-funded with up to 300 000 NOK. Course execution, covering extra costs incurred by participation of external Nordic students, can be co-funded with up to 100 000 NOK per course instance. Up to three course instances can be proposed within the time frame 2016-2018.
  • The grant for course execution can only be spent on extra costs for the participation of external Nordic students, e.g. for travel, accommodation and food. The administration of such costs is the duty of the Project Manager.
  • The grant for initial course development can be spent on costs for salaries for development of the course.
  • No course fees may be charged for the participation of Nordic PhD students and young researchers.
  • Students outside the Nordic countries are welcome to take part in the courses if possible for practical reasons. However, they are expected to cover their own costs for participation.
Assessment criteria

 

  • Relevance of the course for the targeted topic within the Nordic curriculum
  • Quality of the scientific content of the course, including cross-disciplinary aspects
  • Scholarly competence and experience of the course lecturers
  • Quality of the course plan and organisation of the course, including plans on how to work towards a broad participation of students from the Nordic countries and the possibility of including the course in the local PhD educational programmes of the students
  • How gender perspectives will be incorporated or given consideration in the courses.
  • Feasibility of the proposed budget describing the total costs of and overall funding contributions, including the impact of the funding requested from NordForsk.
Processing of proposals

Proposals should be submitted electronically through the NordForsk Application Portal no later than 14 October 2015 13.00 (CEST). Proposals must be submitted in English. No attachments to the proposals are allowed, unless specifically requested in the application form. The application form is based on the eligibility criteria and assessment criteria stated above, and can be found in its complete form at NordForsk Application Portal. In order to access the application form you must register as a user at NordForsk Application Portal and create an application draft.

Call conditions

 

  • The Project Leader is responsible for informing NeGI as soon as the scheduled date and place for the course is known and for maintaining the course website as part of the Nordic curriculum and following instructions given by NeGI.
  • The Project Leader is responsible for that the full course material used for the course is openly available at the course web site.

Decisions will be made by early 2016

Max applied amount (NOK)

Max. applied amount (NOK) - 600 000 NOK

Whereas;
Max applied amount course development - 300 000 NOK
Max applied amount per course execution - 100 000 NOK per course instance
Max applied course execution - Three (3) courses

Responsible adviser

Sverker Holmgren, Programme Director for the eScience Globalisation Initiative
E-mail: sverker.holmgren@nordforsk.org
Phone: +46 70 425 07 97

Responsible adviser

Lone Jessen, Adviser
E-mail: Lone.Jessen@nordforsk.org
Phone: +47 901 980 37

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