Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

Postdoctoral Senior Grants 2011

Convocatoria

Guide. Call 2011

New Features of the 2011 Ramón y Cajal Sub-programme Selection Process

  • The main new feature this year is that the researchers have the option of presenting their application using their electronic signature. It is now mandatory for Centres to present their applications using the electronic signature of the legal representative of the entity.
  • The signature can be set up through the MICINN electronic office using an advanced electronic signature system. The electronic signature must comply with the requirements of article 10 of the resolution for this selection.
  • In the case of both researchers and Centres, the supporting documentation to be presented in compliance with the selection process requirements or as accreditation for any special circumstances, should be attached as an electronic file accompanying the online application.

 

Phases of the Selection Process

Applications of the R&D Centres and Researchers

The application presentation periods for Centres and researchers open simultaneously on the date the official grant announcement is made:

  • On their application forms the R&D Centres state the maximum number of contracts they are willing to finance, the distribution of these among the subject areas, the reasoning behind each one and how these are in line with the plans of the institution. Centres present their applications and the corresponding documentation via the online application facility on the MICINN Electronic Office website.
  • Researchers also present their applications via the online application facility on the MICINN Electronic Office website, attaching their CVs and a report outlining the lines of research proposed and any other documentation required. They do not need to indicate the R&D Centre they wish to join, which means they do not have to contact the Centres at the time of presenting the participation applications, but can leave this process until later.

Period for presentation of R&D Centre / Researcher applications: opens on 20 January 2011 and closes on 10 February 2011, inclusive. 

Evaluation and Selection of R&D Centre Offers

The Examining Body evaluates the proposals of the Centres and draws up a Resolution which states the maximum number of eligible contracts for each Centre, their distribution by subject area, plus a description thereof and the reasoning behind them. This is then published on the MICINN Electronic Office website.

Date planned for the publication of the R&D Centre contracts proposal: month of May

The Examining Body evaluates the proposals of the Centres and draws up a Resolution which states the maximum number of eligible contracts for each Centre, their distribution by subject area, plus a description thereof and the reasoning behind them. This is then published on the MICINN Electronic Office website.

Date planned for the publication of the R&D Centre contracts proposal: month of May

Evaluation and Selection of Researchers

The evaluation process corresponds to the Evaluation Commissions established within the Spanish National Evaluation and Prospection Agency, which proceed to assess and classify the applications in accordance with the following criteria:

  • The scientific-technical contribution of the candidates within their field of research. The evaluation will be made based on the different sections included in the CV template (80 points).
  • Their scientific-technical capacity to implement the proposed lines of research (20 points).

Subsequently, the Selection Commission, made up of experts appointed by the General Directorate of Research and Management of the Spanish National R&D&I Plan proceeds to determine the maximum number of contracts that can be financed for each area and propose the list of eligible candidates, which will be published on the MICINN Electronic Office website.

Date planned for the publication of the list of eligible candidates: months of June - July

Incorporation Agreements between R&D Centres and Researchers and Conferment Resolution

The eligible candidates must contact those Centres offering eligible contracts in the subject area that matches their research activity proposal in order to reach an agreement regarding their incorporation. To make the contact procedures easier, the Ministry for Science and Innovation will publish the following information on its website:

  • With respect to the R&D Centres: e-mail address/es.
  • With respect to the researchers: e-mail address, summary of lines of research proposed and CV.  Within a maximum period of 30 calendar days following the publication of the list of eligible candidates, the R&D Centres must present lists of their own list of the eligible candidates with whom they have reached a recruitment agreement. A signed recruitment agreement with each of the candidates must also be included.

During the candidate allocation process, R&D Centres are entitled to make changes in the distribution by subject area of the contracts to be co-financed as originally stated on the application. Of the total number of places on offer, up to 20% can be included without a detailed description, provided the maximum number of contracts specified in the application is not exceeded.

Once the corresponding recruitment agreements have been received, the conferment Resolution is published on the MICINN Electronic Office website, stating the names of the researchers selected, the R&D Centre they shall be joining and the subject area in which they will be working.

Period planned for the signing and submission of incorporation agreements: months of July-August

Date planned for the publication of the conferment resolution: month of October

The eligible candidates must contact those Centres offering eligible contracts in the subject area that matches their research activity proposal in order to reach an agreement regarding their incorporation. To make the contact procedures easier, the Ministry for Science and Innovation will publish the following information on its website:

  • With respect to the R&D Centres: e-mail address/es.
  • With respect to the researchers: e-mail address, summary of lines of research proposed and CV.

Within a maximum period of 30 calendar days following the publication of the list of eligible candidates, the R&D Centres must present lists of their own list of the eligible candidates with whom they have reached a recruitment agreement. A signed recruitment agreement with each of the candidates must also be included.

During the candidate allocation process, R&D Centres are entitled to make changes in the distribution by subject area of the contracts to be co-financed as originally stated on the application. Of the total number of places on offer, up to 20% can be included without a detailed description, provided the maximum number of contracts specified in the application is not exceeded.

Once the corresponding recruitment agreements have been received, the conferment Resolution is published on the MICINN Electronic Office website, stating the names of the researchers selected, the R&D Centre they shall be joining and the subject area in which they will be working.    Period planned for the signing and submission of incorporation agreements: months of July-August    Date planned for the publication of the conferment resolution: month of October

Drawing Up of the Contracts and Recruitment of the Researchers

Within a period of 20 working days following the publication of the aforementioned Resolution, the Centres must send the duly drawn-up contracts to the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The recruitment of the researchers must be expressly stated in the contract and take place within a maximum period of 6 months following the publication of the conferment Resolution. In those cases in which a longer period is needed due to the research activity being developed, a 6-month extension can be requested.

The Ministry of Science and Innovation will process the payment corresponding to the first annual instalment following the publication of the conferment Resolution and the presentation of the corresponding contracts.

Period planned for the drawing up of contracts: months of October-November

Within a period of 20 working days following the publication of the aforementioned Resolution, the Centres must send the duly drawn-up contracts to the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The recruitment of the researchers must be expressly stated in the contract and take place within a maximum period of 6 months following the publication of the conferment Resolution. In those cases in which a longer period is needed due to the research activity being developed, a 6-month extension can be requested.

The Ministry of Science and Innovation will process the payment corresponding to the first annual instalment following the publication of the conferment Resolution and the presentation of the corresponding contracts.

Period planned for the drawing up of contracts: months of October-November.

Grants. Duration and Amount

The grants awarded under this Sub-programme will be used to co-finance the cost of contracting the researchers, with this cost understood as being the sum total of the gross retribution plus the corporate Social Security contribution. In addition, in the first year an additional amount is provided to help start up the research activities to be carried out during the first two yearly periods.

Number of grants: 250

Duration of the grant: 5 years

Grant amount: €42,150 in the first year, which shall be decreased annually and accumulatively by €4,215 as of the second year.

Additional financing: €15,000

 The minimum retribution that must be indicated on the contracts is 31,600 Euros gross per year.

Requisitos de los Centros

Pueden optar a las ayudas del Subprograma Ramón y Cajal los Centros de I+D sin ánimo de lucro. Las definiciones que se establecen en la convocatoria para estos beneficiarios son las siguientes:

  • Las universidades públicas, los organismos públicos de investigación reconocidos por la Ley 13/1986, de 14 de abril, de Fomento y Coordinación de la Investigación Científica y Técnica, los centros de I+D con personalidad jurídica propia y diferenciada vinculados o dependientes de la Administración General del Estado y los centros de I+D vinculados o dependientes de Administraciones públicas territoriales, independientemente de su personalidad jurídica.
  • Las universidades privadas y entidades públicas y privadas sin ánimo de lucro, con capacidad y actividad demostrada en I+D.
  • Centros tecnológicos: entendiéndose por tales, los Centros Tecnológicos a que se refiere el artículo 2.1 del Real Decreto 2093/2008, de 19 de diciembre, por el que se regulan los Centros Tecnológicos y los Centros de Apoyo a la Innovación Tecnológica de ámbito estatal y se crea el Registro de tales centros, así como los Centros de Innovación y Tecnología constituidos al amparo del Real Decreto 2609/1996, de 20 de diciembre, que hayan solicitado la inscripción provisional como centros tecnológicos de ámbito estatal en el registro creado por el Real Decreto 2093/2008, a la fecha de presentación de la solicitud.

 

Candidate Requirements

The applicant researchers must be able to prove they are in possession of a doctorate and that this qualification was not obtained more than ten years prior to the date by which all applications must be presented established on the notification. The date on which the doctorate is obtained will be understood as being that on which the doctoral thesis is read and approved.

Excluded from the ten-year deadline calculation will be any periods of time taken off due to maternity or paternity leave, serious illness or the consequences of an accident, Military Service or the alternative compulsory social work and caring for people in a situation of dependency, in accordance with that stipulated in Spanish Law 39/2006, of December 14. The application of the extension will vary in accordance with the cause of the interruption in question as and how stated in article 22 of the notification, and in order for this to be applied it is necessary for it to have occurred during the 10 year prior to the application presentation closure date.

Furthermore, the following two requirements with respect to mobility must be met:

  • Having spent at least 24 months at R&D Centres other than that you will be joining via this programme after having being awarded your doctorate and up to the signing of the incorporation agreement
  • Having entirely studied for and obtained your doctorate at a foreign university, and at least 24 months having elapsed after having being awarded your doctorate and up to the signing of the incorporation agreement

These requirements are not obligatory if the candidate can prove a degree of disability equal to or greater than 65%, in which case only a minimum of 24 months shall have to have elapsed following the award of your doctorate and up to the signing of the incorporation agreement.

The 24-month period mentioned above shall be calculated as of the date on which the doctorate was obtained and up to the final day of the deadline which the researchers have included in the first proposal of candidates eligible for presenting the Incorporation Agreements. This shall apply to all the eligible candidates including, where appropriate, those previously considered as being reserves.

The Application Presentation Period

The Resolution dated the 23th of December, 2010 of the Spanish Secretary of State for Research, which makes public the 2011 selection process regarding the concession of grants that forms part of the Spanish National Programme for the Contracting and Incorporation of Researchers, within the framework of the 2008-2011 National Scientific Research, Development and Innovation Plan, has been published in the Official State Journal (BOE).

In accordance with article 9, the period during which applications can be presented for the Ramón y Cajal Sub-programme is the following: it opens on the 20th of January, 2011 and closes on the 10th of February, 2011, both inclusive

Códigos UNESCO

Nomenclatura Internacional de la UNESCO para los campos de Ciencia y Tecnología

Definición de los Términos

  • Campos:

Se refieren a los apartados más generales. Están codificados en dos dígitos y comprende varias disciplinas.

  • Disciplinas:

Suponen una descripción general de grupos de especialidades en Ciencia y Tecnología. Son apartados codificados con cuatro dígitos. A pesar de ser distintas entre si las disciplinas con referencias cruzadas, o dentro de un mismo campo, se considera que tienen características comunes.

  • Subdisciplinas:

Son las entradas más específicas de la nomenclatura y representan las actividades que se realizan dentro de una disciplina. Están codificadas con seis dígitos. A su vez, deben corresponderse con las especialidades individuales en Ciencia y Tecnología.

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NABS Codes

Eurostat Nomenclature for the Analysis and Comparison of Scientific Programmes and Budgets (NABS) for the identification of socioeconomic objectives

The Statistic Plans include, among their annual statistics operations with respect to matters of scientific research and technological development, the Statistic regarding public R&D budgetary loans, which are distributed for socioeconomic purposes. It is obligatory for member countries of the EU and of the OECD to provide this statistic with the main purpose of this being to determine the potential financing being channelled into R&D by Public Administrations.

In order to ensure that the details corresponding to the Ramón y Cajal Sub-programme can be included in these statistics, a section must be selected from the following list in the applications of the candidate researchers

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