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CONEX Incoming Fellowship Programme

GUIDE FOR APPLICANTS


First Call for Applications: CONEX-2014-1
Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Deadline Date: May 29, 2014 (at 12:00 a.m. CET)
Version 25/04/2014
GUIDE FOR APPLICANTS

Table of Contents
1. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CONEX PROGRAMME ........................................................................ 4
2. ABOUT THE EXPERIENCED AND VERY EXPERIENCED PROFESSOR FELLOWSHIPS ......................... 5
a. Who can apply? Eligible Researchers, Mobility Requirements ............................................. 5
b. What kind of research can be funded? The UC3M Departments and ANEP areas .............. 5
c. Duration and Contract Conditions ........................................................................................ 6
3. HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION .............................................................................................. 9
1. CEMS Registration ................................................................................................................. 9
2. Create a draft proposal ....................................................................................................... 10
3. Instructions to complete Part A of the application.......................................................... 11
4. Instructions to complete Part B of the application.......................................................... 15
5. How to submit and modify your proposal .......................................................................... 17
4. EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS ..................................................................................... 20
a. Eligibility Check.................................................................................................................... 20
b. First and Second Evaluation Steps. Evaluation Criteria....................................................... 20
c. Ethics review ....................................................................................................................... 25
d. Outcome of the results ....................................................................................................... 25
e. Feedback to applicants........................................................................................................ 25
f. Redress ................................................................................................................................ 25
5. THE PROJECT PHASE .................................................................................................................... 26
6. CALL TIMETABLE AND LIFECYCLE OF THE FELLOWSHIPS ............................................................ 27
7. CONTACT INFORMATION ............................................................................................................ 29
DEFINITIONS .................................................................................................................................. 30
ANNEX 1: ANEP Areas ........................................................................................................................ 31
ANNEX 2: Research departments and institutes at the UC3M .......................................................... 37
ANNEX 3: Ethical Issues Table............................................................................................................ 39

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a Spanish
public university of excellence which stands out for
its teaching, research, innovation and social
commitment. It is located in Madrid, the top5
European transportation hub and one of the most
important culture heritage of the world.

The UC3M is a young university, founded in 1989 and


provides teaching of the highest quality and focused
primarily on cutting-edge research and knowledge transfer.

It has 17.898 students, being similar in size to some of the major European universities. 8% of
students at UC3M are foreign and this proportion is notably higher at both masters (22%) and
doctoral (44%) levels.

UC3M is included in the QS ranking of the top 50 universities under 50 years old. UC3M is one
of the top 10 Spanish universities to be awarded European research projects in ICT, Aerospace
and Socio-economics Sciences.

The UC3M has signed 440 agreements with


universities in 52 countries. These include some of
the world top universities (13 of which are in the
top 50 of the Shanghai Ranking). The UC3M is the
1st university in Spain and 3rd in Europe in terms of
undergraduate students taking part in the Erasmus
student exchange.

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1. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CONEX PROGRAMME
On October 1, 2013, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) launched a new fellowship
programme for incoming mobility called CONEX - CONnecting EXcellence to UC3M. CONEX is
co-funded by the European Commission through the Marie Curie-COFUND programme
(PCOFUNG-GA-2012-60371), Banco Santander, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
(COFUND2013-40258) and other funds.

This fellowship programme offers experienced and very experienced professors of any
nationality a unique opportunity to progress in their career development through an excellent
training. CONEX will run for five years (2013-2018) and will employ 20 professors with more
than 4 years of experience and 8 professors with more than 10 years of experience to carry out
a break-through research project for three years in any of the UC3Ms scientific fields.

Researchers, who must not have been a resident in Spain in the last three years prior to the
call deadline, are fully free in the choice of their research topic, department and
supervisor/mentor, to allow their career development to benefit from the fellowship as much
as possible.

To support the researchers in their career advancement, all researchers will have a supervisor
or mentor and are required to set up a Personal Career Development Plan. The selection
process, recruitment and project execution will follow the guidelines of The European Charter
for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
(http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/rights/europeanCharter)

CONEX is also expected to have positive effects on UC3M, in particular through its policy of
Concentrating talent and on the Spanish landscape in general. CONEX supports the objectives
of the activity heading life-long learning and career development and other European policies,
such as the Innovation Union.

For this first call, the CONEX programme offers:

6 fellowships with a minimum duration of 36 months to Very Experienced Professors


(>10 years research experience). The main objective of this scheme is to allow the
researchers to set up their own, new research lines in UC3M. The researchers excellence
will be promoted and recognized, with the aim of highlighting personal achievements and
supporting their further development and international recognition.

10 fellowships with a minimum duration of 36 months to Experienced Professors (4 10


years research experience). The main objective of scheme 2 is to provide researchers
with training to deepen and/or broaden their skills and start or consolidate their own
independent research team or project.

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2. ABOUT THE EXPERIENCED AND VERY EXPERIENCED PROFESSOR
FELLOWSHIPS
The CONEX programme offers fellowships for incoming mobility at UC3M for extended periods
of research to a specific target group: postdoctoral, highly-qualified scientists in different
stages of their careers from Ph.D. holders with 4-10 years of experienced to very
experienced researchers with an established scientific career.

a. Who can apply? Eligible Researchers, Mobility Requirements


The criteria for the applicants, who intend to establish and conduct their research activity at
UC3M, are as follows:

1. Applicants must have the degree and research experience appropriate to the CONEX
scheme they apply to (please see below)
2. Applicants may be of any nationality.
3. Applicants must engage in international mobility. Researchers who wish to apply must not
have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain during the three years prior to the
call deadline (except for holidays or similar situations).

The research experience requested for each scheme is:


CONEX Very Experienced Professors
This scheme is directed at Ph.D. holders with more than 10 years of research experience
and a track record of significant research achievements at least in the last 10 years.

CONEX Experienced Professors


This scheme is aimed at Ph.D. holders with 4-10 years of research experience.

In both cases, the years of experience are measured from the date of his/her first Ph.D. The
time limit to fulfil this condition is from the date the contract for the fellowship is signed up to
four months after the publication of the resolution and evaluation results by the Office of the
University Rector. The research career breaks which are eligible are:
Maternity leave and parenthood: a discount of two years (two months for a man) for
each child. This discount must be applied, if it is beneficial for the candidate.
Compulsory military service: a discount that will be equal to the duration of the
mandatory military service, if it is beneficial for the candidate.
Prolonged certified illness (over ninety days)

Candidates can only submit one application in this call

b. What kind of research can be funded? The UC3M Departments and ANEP areas
Incoming researchers will benefit from a world-class university. The UC3M offers a theoretical,
practical, applied and innovative learning environment, which will ensure that researchers can
achieve their full potential.

Applicants are fully free in the choice of the Department or Research Institute they wish to
work at within the UC3M. The application can include more than one department indicating a

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priority order, but the proposal can only be executed in one of them. Further information
about research at UC3M: www.uc3m.es/research

The University is organized into 27 departments and 26 university research institutes.

The three areas of the CONEX programme are:

1. Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Physics


2. Social Sciences & Law
3. Humanities, Library Science & Communication

The CONEX programme fully complies with the concept of individual driven mobility with
regards to providing the fellows a free choice of their research topic, but applicants must
select the most appropriate scientific sub-area/s on their application form in order to be
evaluated by the proper panel (Step 1 of the evaluation process see point 4 for further
information about the evaluation process-) Please see Annex I: ANEP Areas.

Applicants are also fully free in the choice of their supervisors. All UC3M group leaders who are
willing to host a CONEX fellow can act as a supervisor/mentor of this fellow.

Therefore, the freedom of the applicants to choose their own research topic, department and
supervisor allows for the project to be tailored to the very specific and individual needs of the
researcher. This in turn will support the researcher in deepening and/or diversifying their
scientific areas of expertise and in expanding their professional networks. Through the CONEX
fellowships, the researchers will have the opportunity to advance their scientific careers,
taking one step further to strengthening or attaining an independent research position.

c. Duration and Contract Conditions


CONEX offers fellowships with a minimum duration of 36 months.

Successful applicants will be offered an employment contract within 30 days after the
evaluation process. They are expected to start their fellowship within 4 months after the
publication of the resolution from the Office of the Rector.

In conformity with Spanish legislation, experienced and postdoctoral researchers are


employed with an employment contract which entitles them to full Social Security coverage.
The Social Security scheme regulated by law covers, among other things, health and accident
insurance, pension and unemployment benefits, maternity leave, temporary or permanent
disability and family benefits.

The condition of being contracted in this program is incompatible with other contractual or
statutory links that could take away from the exclusivity of dedication to research.

Economic Conditions

All the payments included herein are subject to the fiscal obligations and Social Security costs
which, if applicable, are established by current Spanish legislation.

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Living allowance

Very Experienced Professors will receive a minimum gross living allowance of


65,861.69/ year. This amount shall be paid in 12 monthly installments
Experienced Professors will receive a minimum gross living allowance of
37,019.85 / year. This amount shall be paid in 12 monthly installments.

The duration and living allowance amount is a minimum and will be negotiated subject
to additional non-sporadic academic/research activities. Payments from academic
teaching activities (courses, conferences or speaking engagements) or research (books
or articles) may be authorized, as long as they are of a sporadic and not habitual
nature.

Monthly mobility allowance

In addition to the living allowance, all fellows will receive a gross monthly mobility
allowance of:

- 684 per researchers with no family


- 977 per researchers with family.

This amount shall be paid in 12 monthly installments.

Family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a


relationship with a status equivalent to a marriage recognised by the national
legislation of the country of the beneficiary or of the nationality of the researcher, or
(iii) dependent children who are currently being cared for by the researcher.

The reference date for determining the family situation is the relevant deadline for
submission of the application. No changes to the allowance will be made if the family
status of the researcher changes after that date.

Research expenses

Moreover, each grant holder will receive a contribution to the research expenses of:

- 782 per month for Very Experienced Professors


- 391 per month for Experienced Professors

This contribution will be managed by UC3M for expenses related to the participation
of the researcher in research and training activities (except bonus payments) such as
meetings, conference attendance, training actions, courses, etc.

Fellowship start and Duration

The holders of the contract are expected to start their fellowship within four months after the
publication of the resolution with the ranking list from the Office of the University Rector.
Beneficiaries may request another start date for personal reasons.

All fellowships have a minimum duration of 36 months. Extensions to these periods may be
made under UC3M regulations. When a fellow takes a maternity/paternity leave during the
fellowship period, the fellowship will automatically be extended for an equivalent period, in
line with statutory maternity entitlements. In all cases, the extension of the fellowships will not

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be funded by the CONEX programme if they run beyond September 30, 2018. Any other
extensions of the fellowship will be negotiated in a case-by-case situation.

Documentation

In order to execute the labour contract, the beneficiary of the fellowship must present the
following documents at the University Human Resources and Organization Service (Servicio de
Recursos Humanos y Organizacin) before the anticipated date of incorporation:

A copy of his/her identity card or passport.


A certified photocopy of his/her degree.
A photocopy of his/her Social Security number (if the beneficiary does not have one, it
shall be necessary to apply for one in any Social Security office).
Bank account information.
A passport photo.
Non-European Union beneficiaries must present the corresponding work permit which
allows them to work under contract.
Documents to prove the family condition to determine the mobility allowance.
Proof that the candidate has been engaged in international mobility, not having
resided or carried out their main activity in Spain during the three years prior to the
call deadline.
The documents must be notarized if necessary.

Intellectual Property Rights

Concerning intellectual property rights regulations, UC3M ensures that researchers can benefit
from the exploitation (if any) of their R&D results through legal protection and, in particular,
through appropriate protection of intellectual property rights, including copyrights. The
Technology Transfer Office and the Scientific Park at UC3M will work in close collaboration
with researchers to actively identify and manage results with a potential to be transferred into
products for the benefit of society. The Spanish Universities Law recognizes the right of
researchers to benefit from the income obtained through exploitation of the results of which
he/she is the inventor.

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3. HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
All applications must be made through the online system called the CONEX Electronic
Management System (CEMS): https://aplicaciones.uc3m.es/Cems

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the CEMS. Proposals arriving by any other
means are regarded as not submitted, and will not be evaluated.

The official language for this call is English; applications which are submitted in any other
language will not be eligible.

Each application consists of the following parts:


Part A: Administrative forms:
o Information on the researcher
o Proposal Information
Part B: Scientific and technical forms:
o B.0- Motivation of the applicant
o B.1- Curriculum vitae of the candidate
o B.2- Description of the project
o B.3- Impact of the fellowship
o B.4. Ethical and security-sensitive issues

All documentation must be submitted before the deadline.


New documentation or modifications of the submitted documentation may not
be accepted after the call deadline.

1. CEMS Registration
All applicants must register in the CEMS in order to write and submit the proposal.

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Please, fill in the e-mail field with your individual e-mail address (take into account that
this e-mail address will be the main field to access your application)

Password characteristics: First character must be a letter, it must contain at least 4


characters and no more than 15 characters and no characters other than letters, numbers
and the underscore may be used.

Once registered, check your mailbox as a confirmation e-mail of your registration will be
sent within a few minutes.

2. Create a draft proposal


You can log in to the CEMS portal using your e-mail as a username and the password
entered in the registration step.

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The menu consists on:

- Open Positions: The schemes open for that call.


- Contact: To contact Conex Helpdesk
- My Submissions: The application saved or submitted. Remember you can modify
and resubmit your application at any time before the deadline date.
- Logout: To leave the online application system.

Go to Open Positions Tab:


After logging in, the applicant must choose one of the Conex schemes and select the
corresponding Submit Application button.

In order to fill in your application, you will find three different tabs:

- Call Details: Please check you have selected the right scheme:

- Researcher Info: Form to be filled in.


- Proposal Information: Form to be filled in and including the uploading of Part B.

3. Instructions to complete Part A of the application


Part A is the administrative data about the research proposal and the researcher, including the
departments or research institutes chosen and the areas for evaluation.

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3.1. Go to Researcher Info

Please notice that fields in green in the Researcher Info online form are compulsory.

Information on the Researcher


Family Name Pre-filled in by the system.
Family Name at Birth Your last name at birth. Optional.
First Name Pre-filled in by the system. Your first name(s) as given on
Passport or Identity Card.
Middle Name Optional.
Title Please choose one of the following: Prof. / Dr.
Gender Indicate female or male as appropriate.
Passport Please insert your passport number. Mandatory.
Documentation Type Optionally, you can add your Spanish identification
number: DNI or NIE
1st Nationality Please select one country.
2nd Nationality Please select one country.
Date of birth Please specify your date of birth (DD/MM/YYYY).
Nationality at birth Please select your nationality of birth.
Contact Address:
Street name The complete street name and details.
Number The street number. Optional.
Town The town.
Postal Code The postal code.
Country Please select one country.
Phone 1 Please insert complete phone number including country
and city/area code. Example +32-2-2991111
Phone 2 Optional.
E-mail Pre-filled in by the system.
Ph.D. Information:
Doctorate / Date of Award Please specify the date of award of your Ph.D.
(DD/MM/YYYY)
Dissertation title Name of the doctorate or keywords.
Institution Name of the institution.

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Country Please select one country.
You can add more than one Ph.D. degree.
Research Experience:
Full time post-Ph.D. researcher Number of years of postdoctoral full-time research
experience (See definitions)
Place of activity or residence during the previous three years (most recent first):
Indicate the period(s) and the country/countries in which you have legally resided and/or had
your main activity (work, studies) during the last three years up until the deadline for the
submission of the application.
(*) Proof that the candidate has been engaged in international mobility living abroad at least
three years prior to the deadline of the call will be provided by the funded fellows during the
recruitment phase.
Period from DD/MM/YYYY
To DD/MM/YYYY
Duration In months (click on the calculator icon to get an auto-
calculated number of months)
Country Please select one country.

Institution Name of the institution. If not applicable, please write N/A


You can add as many rows as you need.
Career breaks:
Among the eligible breaks: maternity leave and parenthood, compulsory military service,
Prolonged certified illness. (See point 2.a. for more information)
(*) Proof of the breaks during the research career may be properly documented by the funded
fellows during the recruitment phase.
Did you have breaks during your Yes/No. Optional
research career?
From DD/MM/YYYY
To DD/MM/YYYY
Reason Free text. There is a limit of 500 characters.
You can add as many rows as you need.

Mobility Allowance:
Are you eligible for the family-related mobility Yes/No. (See point 2.c. for more
allowance? information)
SI

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3.2. Go to Proposal Information
Please notice that fields in green in the Proposal Information online form are compulsory.

Proposal Information
Proposal Number Filled in by the system.
Proposal Acronym A short title or acronym will be used to identify the
proposal. It should be of no more than 20 characters (use
standard alphabet and numbers only; no spaces, symbols
or special characters, please).
The same acronym should appear on each page of Part B.
Proposal Title The title should be no longer than 200 characters
Scheme Filled in by the system:
CONEX Very Experienced Professors
CONEX Experienced Professors
Scientific UC3M Area 1. Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Physics
2. Social Sciences & Law
3. Humanities, Library Science & Communication
Priority Area 1 Please choose the Priority Area (ANEP areas) (See Annex 1)
by which you would like your proposal to be evaluated.
Mandatory.
Area 2 You can choose a secondary area that you consider most
relevant to your proposal. Optional.
Area 3 You can choose a third area that you consider most
relevant to your proposal. Optional.
Keywords Please enter free text keywords that you believe best
characterise the scope of your research proposal. There is a
limit of 200 characters.
Abstract The abstract (summary) should, at a glance, provide the

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reader with a clear understanding of the objectives of the
research proposal and how they will be achieved. The
abstract will be used as the short description of your
research proposal in the evaluation process.
The abstract must be written in English. There is a limit of
2000 characters (spaces and line breaks included).
Does this proposal include any of Yes/No. Please see the part of the application related to
the sensitive ethical issues Ethical and security-sensitive issues
detailed in the Research Ethical
Issues table of Part B?
UC3M Department/institute (1st Please choose your first option for the department or
Option) research institute where you wish to work (See Annex 2 for
further information). Mandatory.
UC3M Department/institute (2nd Please choose your second option for the department or
Option) research institute where you wish to work. Optional.
UC3M Department/institute (3rd Please choose your third option for the department or
Option) research institute where you wish to work. Optional.
Tentative Starting Date Tentative starting date of the contract if your proposal is
successful. Mandatory field but not binding for the
applicant in the event of obtaining a Conex fellowship.

4. Instructions to complete Part B of the application


The template of Part B can be downloaded on the CONEX Call for Application webpage and its
use is mandatory. In order to fill it in, open the template Part B (rtf file) and edit it. Once it is
completed, convert it to PDF format and then upload it in the CEMS (Proposal Information
Form).

The following parameters must be respected for the layout:

Page Format Font Type Font Size Line Spacing Margins


A4 Times New At least 11 Single 2 cm side
Roman 1.4 cm bottom

The information to be included and the maximum length of each section is described below.
Page limits must be strictly adhered to; in case a proposal exceeds the maximum number of

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pages indicated for a section of the proposal, or for the proposal as a whole, the evaluators
will disregard any excess pages.

Each proposal page must carry a header presenting the PIs last name and the acronym.
Regardless of any page limits specified in this guide, the pdf file must not exceed 5 Mbytes.

Cover Page:
Proposal full title
Proposal acronym
Name of the Principal Investigator (PI)
Proposal summary: copy/paste of abstract from administrative form A
Part B.0 Motivation of the applicant (maximum 1 page)

Part B.1- Curriculum vitae of the candidate (maximum 7 pages)

To include the applicants CV and a list of main achievements, such as:

- Research experience.
- Research results including patents, publications, teaching etc., taking into account the
level of experience.
- Independent thinking and leadership qualities, supervision of Ph.D.
- International commitment, participation and directions of research projects.

Part B.2- Description of the project (maximum 6 pages):


In the description of the proposed project, the applicant must take into account the
evaluation criteria of this part:

- Scientific / technological quality, including any interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary


aspects of the proposal.
- Innovative nature and originality of the project. Ambitious objectives. Novel or
unconventional concepts and/or approaches.
- Methodology and approach. Suitability of the methodology.
- Feasibility of the project. Achievable objectives.

Part B.3- Impact of the fellowship (maximum 4 pages)


In the description of the impact of the fellowship, the applicant must take into account the
evaluation criteria of this part:

- Potential impact and benefit of this fellowship on his/her research career.


- Clarity of the training plan (Experienced Professor scheme) or research plan (Very
Experienced Professor scheme)
- Potential of the scheme to further improve the prospects of reaching and/or
reinforcing a position of professional maturity, diversity and independence.
- Benefit of the mobility to UC3M and specific departments/institutes at the UC3M.

Part B.4. Ethical and security-sensitive issues


All CONEX-funded research shall comply with the relevant national, EU and international
ethics-related rules and professional codes of conduct. Where necessary, the
beneficiary(ies) shall provide the CONEX Management Team with a written confirmation
that it has received (a) favourable opinion(s) from the relevant ethics committee.

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- B4.1 Ethical Issues Description (maximum 2 pages)

If the answer to any of the questions of the Ethical Issues Table (see below) is yes, you
must provide in this section a brief explanation of the ethical issue involved and how it
will be dealt with appropriately. Please specify as well any authorisation or permission
you already have for the proposed work.
- B4.2 Ethical Issues Table:

The applicant must complete the Ethical Issues Table to identify any ethical aspects of
the proposed work. This table has to be completed even if there are no issues (simply
confirm that none of the ethical issues apply to the proposal).

You can find a model of the Ethical Issues Table in Annex 3.

5. How to submit and modify your proposal


Applicants may modify their data and proposal at any time before the deadline. You can
save your data at any time, pressing the button, and submit your
application several times before the deadline date. Each subsequent submission
overwrites the previously submitted version. The latest version available at the deadline is
considered the one submitted.

Before submitting the application, you must upload Part B:

- Log in to the CEMS


- Go to the Proposal Information tab.
- At the bottom you will find the browse button to locate the part B file.

Next, you can press the Submit button .

It is recommended that the file name contains the Proposal Short Name, such as:
PartB_[Proposal-Short-Name].pdf

The system will offer you an application summary after an automatic check and will give
warning messages if mandatory fields are not completed.

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Remember: Without submission, all the uploaded data (Forms and Part B) are simply saved
in the database without forming an application package and without being recognised as a
submitted application.

Before the final submission of the application in the online system, the candidate must
accept the following compulsory declarations:

I acknowledge that I am aware of the eligibility Yes


requirements to apply to the CONEX Fellowship Please confirm that you are eligible
Programme as specified in the Official Call Text (1 according to all requirements established
March 2014 Resolution by the President of in the CONEX Official Announcement
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), and certify that, please pay particular attention to Section
to the best of my knowledge, my application is in 4, Eligibility criteria.
compliance with all these requirements and
specifically with the following eligibility criteria: The candidate must take into account
1. Applicants must have the appropriate that in order to execute the labour
degree and research experience contract, the beneficiary of the fellowship
according to the CONEX scheme they must present different documents at the
apply to. University before the date of
2. Applicants must engage in international incorporation please see Section 11 of
mobility. Applicants must not have the call text, Contract Execution, for
resided or carried out their main activity more information.
in Spain during the three years prior to
the call deadline.
REQUESTS to be admitted to the selection process Yes
referred to by the present petition, DECLARES Please confirm that you meet the
that the recorded information is true, and that conditions to participate in this call and
he/she meets the necessary conditions to you give express consent to data
participate in the aforementioned call, including protection.
the required degree, committing to show proof of
all the information that appears on this
application. GRANTS EXPRESS CONSENT for the
information provided to be subjected to
automated handling and included in the
Computerized Files of the University, necessary
for the processing of this application, with the
knowledge that the right to access, rectify, and
cancel the handled information may be exercised
before the staff responsible for the file. (Decision
of May 20, 2004, passed by the President of the
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.)

The system makes an automatic validation so in case you have not filled in all the
compulsory fields, you will have a new Application Summary with the missing fields
marked with

Upon reception of the complete application in the CEMS system, the applicant will receive
an e-mail to confirm that he/she has entered the selection process, along with an
application reference.

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After the call deadline, no update of the proposal will be accepted. Only the material that
the application contains within the given page limits will be evaluated. However, a read-
only access to the submitted application is granted in case the PI wishes to verify what has
been submitted.

CONEX Application Checklist


I. Choose the call and scheme for which you want to apply.
II. Fill in the forms and save the forms.
III. Upload the Part B file.
IV. Save the proposal.
V. SUBMIT THE PROPOSAL!

You are advised to download a Checklist for Applicants from the CONEX Call for Applications
webpage.

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4. EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
a. Eligibility Check
All applicants and proposals are checked for eligibility. If the applicant and/or proposal is not
eligible, UC3M will send a notification to the ineligible applicant, informing him/her of the
reason(s) for the ineligibility of the applicant and/or the proposal. This notification will be sent
within 15 calendar days after the deadline.

Eligibility criteria:

1. Applicants must have the degree and research experience appropriate to the
CONEX scheme they apply to.
2. Applicants must engage in international mobility. Applicants must have lived
outside of Spain for at least 3 years prior to the deadline of the call.
3. Applicants should propose proposals for a stay of 36 months.
4. Proposals must be complete, as indicated in point 3.
5. Proposals must be submitted through the CEMS before the call deadline.
6. Proposals must be executed at a Department or Research Institute at Universidad
Carlos III de Madrid.
7. Proposals must include only one candidate.
8. The application must include a tentative starting date of the contract according to
point 6 of the Call Text. Applicants must take into account that this date is
compulsory when filling in the application form, but tentative and not binding in
case of a successful application.

Proposals from ineligible applicants / ineligible proposals will not be evaluated.

b. First and Second Evaluation Steps. Evaluation Criteria.


All eligible proposals will be included in the evaluation process. UC3M aims to finalize the
evaluation process and inform the applicants of the evaluation results by September 30, 2014.

Evaluation process
The evaluation process is a two-step evaluation process, with a final score of up to 100 points.
The first step of the evaluation is carried out by the National Evaluation and Foresight Agency
(ANEP). The second step involves evaluation by the UC3M Selection Committee. Evaluation in
step one will focus on the scientific and technological quality of the proposal and the applicant.
Evaluation in step two will focus on the expected impact of the fellowship on the career of the
researcher.

First Step

The first step of the evaluation procedure is a scientific and technical peer-review evaluation,
by evaluators selected by the ANEP (Spanish Evaluation and Foresight Agency, within the State
Department of Research of the Ministry of Science and Innovation).

The selection process will follow the guidelines of The European Charter for Researchers and
Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
(http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/rights/europeanCharter). The selection committees

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will bring together diverse expertise and knowledge and will have an adequate gender balance
and, where appropriate and feasible, include members from different sectors (public and
private) and disciplines, including from other countries and with relevant experience to assess
the candidate.

Each proposal will be read by two evaluators, and a consolidated evaluation report will be
written. Each proposal will receive a score of up to 80 points. The reviewers will also indicate
whether, in their view, the proposal deals with sensitive ethical issues.

Second Step

Step 2 involves a strategic evaluation and a remote interview by a selection panel. Step 2 is
carried out by a UC3M Selection Committee. This Selection Committee is composed of three
professors which have no direct or indirect interest in the proposal submitted. One member of
this committee will be female. The selection procedure will be monitored by two
representative authorities of the UC3M.

The UC3M Selection Committee will receive the evaluation reports and the ordered list of
candidates with the scores received from the ANEP for the scientific and technical evaluation
(up to 80 points). The Selection Committee will evaluate only those proposals which have
reached a minimum threshold of 45 points.

The Selection Committee will look at the strategic aspects of the application in relation to the
objectives of the CONEX programme.

The UC3M Selection Committee can assign up to 20 points to each proposal (15 points related
to the strategic aspects of the application and 5 points for the interview). Recommendations
for improvements to be discussed as part of a possible negotiation phase are given, if needed,
by the Selection Committee. Moreover, evaluators will decide whether an ethical review will
be necessary. The Selection Committee will provide a score for each proposal.

Interview

Candidates who have passed the threshold will be invited to an interview with the UC3M
Selection Committee. The interview may be conducted by tele- or videoconference or Skype.
The language of the interview will be English, but the candidate and the committee can agree
to use Spanish. Both languages are used for teaching at UC3M.

1. Evaluation process

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The final score for each proposal will be the sum of a maximum of 80 points awarded by the
Evaluation Committee in the ANEP and a maximum 20 points awarded by the UC3M Selection
Committee.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria for the fellows and proposals are the following:
1. Academic excellence of the candidate
2. Excellence of the project
3. Impact of the fellowship
4. Selection, through an interview with the delegate representative

For each criterion and sub-criterion, the research experience of the applicant will be taken into
account. For example, researchers applying to scheme 1 are expected to present more high-
impact publications and patents than researchers applying to scheme 2.

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Table 1. Selection criteria for the CONEX fellowship call

Academic excellence Excellence of the


Impact of the fellowship
of the candidate (*) project

Evaluation by UC3M
Evaluation by ANEP
Selection Committee
Scientific /
technological
Potential impact
quality, including
Research and benefit of
any Strategic view of the
experience. this fellowship on
interdisciplinary applicant (scheme 1)
his/her research
and
career
transdisciplinary
aspects of the
proposal.
Research results Innovative nature
including patents, and originality of Clarity of the
publications, the project. training plan
teaching, etc., Ambitious (scheme 2) or Scientific view of the
taking into account objectives. Novel or research plan applicant
the level of unconventional (scheme 1)
experience. concepts and/or
approaches.
Potential of the
scheme to further
Independent improve the
thinking and Methodology and
prospects of
leadership approach. Suitability
reaching and/or Motivation of the
qualities, of the methodology.
reinforcing a applicant
supervision of Ph.D. Ambitious
position of
objectives.
professional
maturity, diversity
and independence
International
commitment, Benefit of the
Feasibility of the
participation and mobility to UC3M
project. Achievable
directions of (or specific groups
objectives.
research projects. at UC3M)

(*) The candidates academic excellence will be based on the evaluation of the merits of each
candidate (research experience, high-impact publications, patents, leadership, supervision of
Ph.D. students, international collaborations, international commitment, participation and
direction of research projects funded in open calls FP7, NSF,-, collaborations with
companies/organizations). Moreover, the ANEP will take into account the following
bibliometric indicators:

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Bibliometric indicators of Bibliometric indicators of impact and
scientific production visibility
Field 1: Engineering, Number of published Total number of citations of candidates
Applied papers in indexed journals papers in the last 10 years and
Mathematics and in the last 10 years in Web normalised according to his/her
Physics Of Science (Thomson). research field.
Number of publications in the first
quartile according to WoS.
Field 2: Social Number of published Total number of citations of candidates
Sciences & Law papers in indexed journals papers in the last 10 years and
2.1. Economics, in the last 10 years in Web normalised according to his/her
Business and Of Science (Thomson). research field.
Finance Number of publications in the first
quartile according to WoS.
Field 2: Social Number of published Number of publications in journals,
Sciences & Law documents (journals, books which are included in the European
2.2. Law and other and book chapters) in the Reference Index for the Humanities
Social Science fields last 10 years. (ERIH) in the INT1 category
(international publications with high
visibility and influence), or number of
published papers in indexed journals in
Web Of Science.
Field 3. Humanities, Number of published Number of publications in journals,
Library Science and documents (journals, books which are included in the European
Communication and book chapters) in the Reference Index for the Humanities
last 10 years. (ERIH) in the INT1 category
(international publications with high
visibility and influence), or number of
published papers in indexed journals in
Web Of Science.
The weight of the four evaluation criteria and sub-criteria will be different for applicants in the
two schemes, to allow for their different research experiences and training needs. Please see
the table below for the maximum number of points awarded for each evaluation criterion per
scheme.

Table 2. Evaluation criteria and scores for each scheme

Very Experienced
Evaluation Criteria Experienced Professors
Professors
Excellence of
50 40
applicant
First Evaluation
Excellence of the
30 40
project
Impact of the
Second 15 15
fellowship
Evaluation
Interview 5 5

Total Score 100 100

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c. Ethics review
The ethical rules for CONEX are fully in line with the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
rules on ethical issues (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ethics_en.html). Applicants must indicate
in their proposal whether their research deals with ethical issues. During the evaluation
process, both the Evaluation Committee from the ANEP and the UC3M Selection Committee
will check whether the statements from the applicants are correct and whether ethical issues
are dealt with adequately. An ethical review will take place for those fellows that are
ultimately selected for funding and for whom some ethical issues in the Ethical Issue Table
have been identified. After the evaluation process, if needed, the Selection Committee will
appoint ethics experts in the relevant area to carry out this ethical review. They may propose
recommendations, regarding the ethical issues assessed, and these recommendations will be
included in the Evaluation Report.

d. Outcome of the results


All applicants receive an Evaluation Report with the results of the evaluation, including the
scores and the comments of the peer-review evaluators, his/her position in the final ranking
and the comments of the panel. The comments of the evaluators include the strengths and
weaknesses identified in their proposals.

e. Feedback to applicants
For each scheme, a resolution from the Office of the University Rector with a ranking list of the
successful candidates who have passed the threshold will be published. The results will not be
published prior to 30 September (August is not an official working period for the University).

In the 30 days after the publication of the evaluation results, the University will contact
successful applicants following the priority order until completing the number of scholarships
provided in the call for each scheme. Unsuccessful applicants will receive an Evaluation report.

f. Redress
Unsuccessful applicants will also receive information about the possibility of starting a redress
procedure, in line with the provisions of the Spanish law Ley 30/1992, de 26 de noviembre, de
Rgimen Jurdico de las Administraciones Pblicas y del Procedimiento Administrativo Comn.
The applicants will have 15 days to submit a request for redress after receiving feedback about
the evaluation of their proposal. A template for the redress will be available on the website.
The Selection Committee will reply within one month of the date of the redress.

Redress requests cannot be made with regards to scientific judgments of the reviewers and
Selection Committee, but only with regards to procedural issues or perceived incorrect
application of eligibility criteria.

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5. THE PROJECT PHASE
Successful applicants who join the UC3M will receive the Guide for Practical Issues in order
to facilitate the arrival of visiting international researchers. This guide provides information on
the administrative procedures to be carried out in Spain and provides practical support to
researchers in any administrative procedures outside UC3M: opening a bank account, applying
for a foreigners identification number (NIE), registering with Social Security, requesting a
health card at the Health Centre, registering with the Official Registry for Foreigners and
further issues.

a. Scientific Reporting

Researchers contracted under the CONEX programme must submit an interim scientific report
within 30 days after the first and second annual deadline of the project. These reports must
describe the project, give relevant information on its development as well as the preliminary
results obtained, and describe any changes compared to the original proposal.

Within 30 days after the end of the project, the fellows must submit their final scientific
report. All interim and final scientific reports must be sent to the CONEX management team.

Researchers will be provided with the Guide for Reporting, which will include the relevant
information and templates for reporting.

b. Suspension of Fellowships

As is indicated in the Call text, the contract modifications which are allowed are:

Interruptions

Interruptions in situations of temporary incapacity for a period equal to or greater than


three consecutive months because of maternity, adoption or transitional or permanent
foster care of minors under the age of six will be of a duration equal to those legally
established for said cases. In accordance with current regulations, the fellowship will be
extended for the same period of time it was interrupted for any of the reasons cited in the
previous section.

Contract termination

UC3M, as the employer of funded fellows, has the right to cancel a fellowship that has
already been awarded in the following situations:

a. The fellowship has been accepted but has not commenced within the timeline, unless
for justified reasons (e.g., difficulties in obtaining the necessary documents).
b. The fellowship is interrupted without justified reasons.
c. A justified suspension of a maximum of 30 days is not considered a cause for
cancellation.
d. The evaluation of interim and final scientific reports has not successfully been passed.

Contract Resignation

Should the fellow not be able to conclude his/her fellowship period for personal reasons,
he/she must promptly notify the CONEX management team.

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6. CALL TIMETABLE AND LIFECYCLE OF THE FELLOWSHIPS

Publication Evaluation: Signature of


Deadline
date: June - first
date:
March 1 September contracts:
May 29 2014
2014 2014 October 2014

Evaluation
results Sept
2014

Se

Deadline: May 29, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. CET

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CONEX Call for Applications
Applications Forms Stage 1: Call
Guide for Applicants Call Publication publication
FAQs
Online Application System
st
1 March, 2014

Acknowledgment of Receipt Receipt of Stage 2: Application


applications Submission

th
29 May, 2014

Guide for Evaluators


ANEP documentation Stage 3: External
1st Step Evaluation review

Threshold 45 points Up to 80 points

Guide for Evaluators


Stage 4: Internal
2nd Step Evaluation review

Interview
Up to 20 points

th
30 September, 2014*

Evaluation results
Employment contract Stage 5: Selection &
Guide for practical issues Concession Resolution Incorporation
Visa for researchers & Negotiations
st
1 October, 2014

Accept?

Incorporation

Start of the project


st
31 January, 2015

* August
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working period for the University
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7. CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have questions about any aspect of the CONEX Programme in general and the First Call
for Applications in particular, send an e-mail to conex@uc3m.es

Please make sure to submit any enquiries at least 2 days before the deadline so the Help Desk
can have sufficient time to provide an answer in time.

In any case, we recommend you visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage first.

CONEX Helpdesk
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Edificio Juan Benet
Avda. de la Universidad, 30.
28911 Legans (Madrid) SPAIN

Email: conex@uc3m.es
Web Page: uc3m.es/conex

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DEFINITIONS
Research experience: This is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the
doctorate. Career breaks such as maternity leave and parenthood, compulsory military service
or prolonged certified illness are taken into account.

Full-time research experience: This is the researchers full-time postdoctoral research


experience at the time of recruitment. Only time spent on postdoctoral research activities
should be included. Any periods of part-time activity in research should be translated into full-
time experience (e.g., 3 years half time = 1.5 years full-time). Please note that the candidate
may be asked to produce evidence of this experience.

Mobility: At the time of the relevant deadline for submission of applications, researchers shall
not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain in the three
years prior to the deadline date.

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ANNEX 1: ANEP Areas

BMED Biomedicine

COM Electronic and Telecommunications Technology

CS Social Sciences

DER Law

ECO Economic Sciences

FFI Philology and Philosophy

FI Physics and Earth and Space Sciences

HA History and Arts

Electrical, Electronic and Automatic Control Engineering and


IEL
Technology
Mechanical, Naval and Aeronautical Engineering and
IME
Technology

INF Computer Science and Technology

MCLI Clinical Medicine and Epidemiology

MTM Mathematics

PS Psychology

QMC Chemistry

TM Materials Science and Technology

TQ Chemical Technology and Engineering

A brief description of each area can be found below:

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Biomedicine
Includes:
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Immunology
- Cardiovascular
- Neuroscience
- Anatomy
- Hepatology
- Cellular death
BMED
- Genetics
- Cancer
- Endocrinology
- Metabolic Diseases
- Microbiology
- Drug Discovery
- Molecular Pharmacology
- General and Systems Pharmacology
- Cellular and Systems Physiology
Electronic and Telecommunications Technology
Includes:
- Electronics
COM - Optical Communications
- Photonics technology
- Signal processing
- Telematics
Social Sciences
Includes:
- Audiovisual Communication
- Human Geography
CS - Journalism
- Marketing
- Political Science and Administration
- Sociology
- Techniques of Social Research
Law
Includes:
- Administrative Law
- Civil Law
- Constitutional Law
DER - Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure Law
- European Community Law
- Private International Law
- Procedural Law
- Public International Law
Economic Sciences
ECO
Includes:

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- Applications to banking systems and services
- Applied Economics
- Business Organisation
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Economic Theory
- Economics of Organisations
- Empirical Finance
- Fundamentals of Economic Analysis
- Game Theory
- Household Economics
- Industrial Economics
- Information Economics
- International Economics
- Labour Economics
- Macroeconomics
- Mathematical Economics
- Microeconometrics
- Regulation, Competition and Business Behaviour
Philology and Philosophy
Includes:
- Classical Philology
- Comparative Literature
- English Literature
- Gender Studies
- General Linguistics
- Greek Linguistics
FFI - Language
- Literature
- Literature Theory
- Logic
- Modern Philology
- Philosophy
- Philosophy of Logic and Language
- Philosophy of Science
- Spanish Literature
Physics and Earth and Space Sciences
Includes:
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Atomic, Molecular and Optical
FI
- Particles
- Statistical Physics, Biophysics and Nonlinear Physics
- Theoretical Physics
- Condensed Matter
History and Arts
Includes:
HA
- Ancient History
- Prehistory and Archaeology

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- Arts
- Medieval history
- Contemporary History
Electrical, Electronic and Automatic Control Engineering and
Technology
Includes:
IEL - Control Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Devices
- Microelectronics
Mechanical, Naval and Aeronautical Engineering and
Technology
Includes:
- Biomechanics
- Computational Fracture Mechanics
- Computational Mechanics
- Energy
- Energy Optimization
IME
- Finite Element Method
- Machines and Mechanisms
- Manufacturing
- Materials Modelling
- Plastic Forming
- Sheet Metal Forming
- Structural Mechanics
- Thermal Energy Storage
Computer Science and Technology
Includes:
- Advanced Interfaces
- Computer Science
INF - High Performance Computing
- Information Management
- Open Distributed Systems
- Smart Systems
- Software Engineering
Clinical Medicine and Epidemiology
Includes:
- Cancer
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Epidemiology
MCLI - Health Services
- Infectious Diseases
- Metabolic Diseases
- Neurology
- Psychiatry
- Surgery

MTM Mathematics

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Includes:
- Algebra
- Applied Mathematics
- Geometry
- Mathematical Analysis
- Numerical Analysis
- Topology
Psychology
Includes:
- Evaluation
- Methodology
PS
- Personality
- Psychobiology
- Psychological Treatments
- Social psychology
Chemistry
Includes:
- Analytical Chemistry
- Biological Chemistry
- Biotechnological Chemistry
- Catalysis
- Environmental Chemistry
QMC
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Molecular Materials
- Nanochemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Organometallic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Supramolecular Chemistry
Materials Science and Technology
Includes:
- Binders
- Building materials (characterisation, preparation and
applications)
- Characterisation and modelling of polymer colloids useful
in biomedical applications
- Construction Technology
- Durability
TM - Electrical Supplies
- Magnetic Alloys
- Magnetic Materials
- Magnetic Sensors
- Magneto Caloric Effect
- Magneto Resistance
- Magneto Transport
- Materials for Energy (batteries, catalysis)
- Polymerisation in Disperse Medium
- Reuse of Waste

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- Solid State Chemistry
- Sustainability
- Synthesis
Chemical Technology and Engineering
Includes:
- Advanced Separation Processes
- Biotechnological Processes
TQ - Environmental Remediation
- Environmental Technologies
- Preparation and Application of Adsorbents and Catalysts
- Sustainable Management of Energy
- Utilisation of Waste Biomass

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ANNEX 2: Research departments and institutes at the UC3M
Departments
- Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
- Business Administration
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis
- Criminal Law, Procedural Law and History of Law
- Economics
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Technology
- Humanities: Geography, Contemporary History and Art
- Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory
- International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law
- Journalism and Audiovisual Communication
- Library Science and Documentation
- Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering
- Physics
- Political Science and Sociology
- Private Law
- Private Social and International Law
- Public State Law
- Signal and Communications Theory
- Social Sciences
- Statistics
- Systems Engineering and Automation
- Telematics Engineering
- Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Institutes
- Institute "Flores de Lemus"
- Institute for Justice and Litigation "Alonso Martnez"
- Institute of Business Development (INDEM)
- Institute of Chemistry and Materials Technology "lvaro Alonso Barba"
- Institute of Classical Studies on Society and Politics "Lucio Anneo Sneca"
- Institute of Comparative Public Law "Manuel Garca Pelayo"
- Institute of Culture and Technology "Miguel de Unamuno"
- Institute of Documentation and Information Management "Agustn Millares"
- Institute of Entrepreneurial and Family Business "Conde de Campomanes"
- Institute of History and Social Sciences "Figuerola"
- Institute of Human Rights "Bartolom de las Casas"
- Institute of International and European Studies "Francisco de Vitoria"
- Institute of Land, Urbanism and Environment "Pascual Madoz"

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- Institute of Motor Vehicle Safety "Duque de Santomauro"
- Institute of Policy and Governance
- Institute of Social Security "Juan Luis Vives"
- Institute of Technology Development and Innovation "Pedro Juan de Lastanosa"
- Intercollegiate Institute of Advanced Research on Evaluation of Science and
Universities (INAECU)
- Interuniversity Institute for Cultural Communication
- Joint Institute of Social Science (IC3JM) Carlos III de Madrid - Fundacin Juan March
- University Institute for Modelling and Simulation in Fluodynamics, Nanoscience and
Industrial Mathematics "Gregorio Milln Barbany"
- University Institute of Economics
- University Institute of Historiography "Julio Caro Baroja"
- University Institute of Law and Economics (IUDEC)
- University Institute on Gender Studies
- University Research Institute for Security and Defence Intelligence "Juan Velzquez de
Velasco"

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ANNEX 3: Ethical Issues Table

The Ethical Issues Table is in line with the FP7 form and includes the following information:

Please indicate here the page number of Part B of your application on which the ethical issue
in question arises.

Research on Human Embryos/ Foetuses YES Page


Does the proposed research involve human Embryos?
Does the proposed research involve human Foetal Tissues/ Cells?
Does the proposed research involve human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESCs)?
Does the proposed research on human Embryonic Stem Cells involve cells in
culture?
Does the proposed research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells involve the derivation
of cells from Embryos?
I CONFIRM THAT NONE OF THE ABOVE ISSUES APPLY TO MY PROPOSAL

Research on Humans YES Page


Does the proposed research involve children?
Does the proposed research involve patients?
Does the proposed research involve persons not able to give consent?
Does the proposed research involve adult healthy volunteers?
Does the proposed research involve Human genetic material?
Does the proposed research involve Human biological samples?
Does the proposed research involve Human data collection?
I CONFIRM THAT NONE OF THE ABOVE ISSUES APPLY TO MY PROPOSAL

Privacy YES Page


Does the proposed research involve processing of genetic information or
personal data (e.g., health, sexual lifestyle, ethnicity, political opinion, religious
or philosophical conviction)?
Does the proposed research involve tracking the location or observation of
people?
I CONFIRM THAT NONE OF THE ABOVE ISSUES APPLY TO MY PROPOSAL

Research on Animals YES Page


Does the proposed research involve research on animals?
Are those animals transgenic small laboratory animals?
Are those animals transgenic farm animals?
Are those animals non-human primates?
Are those animals cloned farm animals?
I CONFIRM THAT NONE OF THE ABOVE ISSUES APPLY TO MY PROPOSAL

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Research Involving non-EU Countries (ICPC Countries) YES Page
Is the proposed research (or parts of it) going to take place in one or more of the
ICPC Countries?
Is any material used in the research (e.g., personal data, animal and/or human
tissue samples, genetic material, live animals, etc) :
a) Collected and processed in any of the ICPC countries?
b) Exported to any other country (including ICPC and EU Member States)?

I CONFIRM THAT NONE OF THE ABOVE ISSUES APPLY TO MY PROPOSAL

Dual Use YES Page


Research having direct military use
Research having the potential for terrorist abuse
I CONFIRM THAT NONE OF THE ABOVE ISSUES APPLY TO MY PROPOSAL

Areas excluded from funding under FP7 (Art. 6):

(i) Research activity aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes;


(ii) Research activity intended to modify the genetic heritage of human beings which could
make such changes heritable (research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads can
be financed);
(iii) Research activities intended to create human embryos solely for the purpose of
research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic
cell nuclear transfer.

Information on Ethical Issues

Guidance notes on informed consent, dual use, animal welfare, data protection and
cooperation with non-EU countries are available at:
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ethics_en.html

For real-time updated information on animal welfare, also see:


http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/home_en.htm

For real-time updated information on data protection, also see:


http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/index_en.htm

For information on dual use:


http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:134:0001:0269:en:PDF

In accordance with Article 12(1) of the Rules for Participation in FP7, International
Cooperation Partner Country (ICPC) means a third country which the Commission
classifies as a low-income (L), lower-middle-income (LM) or upper-middle-income
(UM) country. Link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/fp7/206006/wp-
2013-annex-1-icpc-list_en.pdf

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