MUNI Award in Science and Humanities JUNIOR

About MASH JUNIOR

The main aim of MUNI Award in Science and Humanities JUNIOR (hereinafter referred to as “MASH JUNIOR”) is to create conditions for timely achievement of research autonomy of highly promising researchers shortly after Ph.D. acceleration of career advancement of talented scholars; easier preparation of prestigious grant proposals, enhancement of “brain circulation”.

Successful project applicants must have clear potential to succeed in the ERC competition. A significant aspect of this type of grant support is the motivation of workplaces to invest in extraordinary research talents, whose hitherto research history may but need not be connected with MU.

A MASH JUNIOR holder shall be employed full-time at Masaryk University. The holder shall submit an application to the ERC within 2 years of the MASH JUNIOR award.

The workload shall also contain active promotion of science through one event per year, focused on the communication of science to general public (e.g. a lecture), organized at MU. The holder of this prestigious grant shall also be expected to represent Masaryk University and proactively contribute to the future direction of research conducted at MU for the entire duration of the grant holder’s engagement at MU, i.e. also after the completion of the MASH JUNIOR grant project.

  • An opportunity to conduct independent research at a progressive university in the Central European research and innovation hub.
  • Annual budget: CZK 2 million / year
  • Duration of funding: 3 years with the possibility of extension by another 2 years

Open to all domains of Social Sciences & Humanities, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences.

Candidate’s profile

The competition is open to internal as well as external applicants provided that the applicant’s labour relation with MU did not exceed 12 of the 36 months preceding the deadline of the call (taking into account career breaks). An eligible applicant is a junior researcher who obtained the Ph.D. degree no earlier than 8 years before the deadline of the call, taking into account career breaks.

Submitting a proposal

The proposal form in pdf including all annexes must be entered in the Project Management Information System (PMIS) at the latest on the deadline date. The files entered shall be submitted for evaluation. If the applicant is not affiliated with MU, the proposing person shall be the main contact person at MU for the given application (e.g. head of the unit, project support officer etc.).

Documents (machine readable pdf files):

  • The MASH JUNIOR form (motivation letter, CV, brief description of the research plan)
  • Declaration of the ECU of its readiness to hire the applicant and create conditions for independent research on the prescribed form*
  • Optional annex: Decision on the award of the ERC or another prestigious individual grant (for instance MSCA) / Evaluation Summary Report, or an evaluation of a highly-rated ERC application or another individual grant project
  • Approved cover sheet – a pdf file generated from the PMIS

 

* The declaration shall be part of the approval process at the main ECU in the PMIS – entered as an annex of the proposal for the cover sheet approval (by approving the cover sheet, the head of the ECU declares its readiness to hire the applicant and create conditions for independent research).

 

The application shall not contain the budget – the applicant shall obtain a predetermined amount in this competition.

The applicant shall submit all the documents in English.

Additional information and documents may be requested during the evaluation procedure (e.g. B2 form of the ERC application, detailed specification of the applicant’s key requirements etc.).

Call 2022

Application September 1st, 2021 - December 10th, 2021
Evaluation, interview and negotiation December 11th, 2021 - April 30th, 2022
Starting date During 2022 (open to negotiation)

 

Research at Masaryk University faculties:

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Informatics

Faculty of Social Studies

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Faculty of Sport Studies

CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology)

Institute of Computer Science

 

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