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INCEPTION- PhD student Funding 2021 (D2I call)

(INstitut Convergence: Emergence of Pathology Through Individuals and PopulatiONs)

The INCEPTION program, supported by the call Institut Convergence des Investissements d'Avenir, is launching a call for the recruitment of PhD students in transversal and interdisciplinary projects aimed at understanding the emergence of pathologies in individuals and populations.

EXPECTED PROFILES
The selection of projects will be based on the following criteria :
• quality and interdisciplinary nature of the project
• scientific excellence of supervisors and host teams
• academic excellence of the student
: interest in life sciences and medical applications, solid training in the following fields : mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, social sciences

APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY

The call is open to all research units/teams of Institut Pasteur (G5 included) and to all those listed on the INCEPTION website : https://www.inception-program.fr/en/teams.

  • The selected projects should convene to main subjects of the INCEPTION program and should meet the following criteria:
  • Interdisciplinary project on the emergence of pathologies, associating biology, medicine, mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, social sciences ...
  • The cross-cutting nature and its added value to respond to questions addressed in the project must be clearly demonstrated.
  • Co-supervision between two teams belonging to complementary fields of competence
  • At least one reserach team must be affiliated with the Institut Pasteur (Paris); The other research team (s) must be affiliated to INCEPTION (see website).
  • Registration to the ED FIRE contest, partner of INCEPTION, is recommended but not mandatory. The PhD registration acceptance by one doctoral school will be asked for all the candidates interviewed in June.

Teams newly beneficiaries in 2020 with a PhD grant (D2I call) or a research project grant (P2I call) are not eligible for 2021 calls; A same team cannot benefit in the same year (2021) from a P2I grant and a D2I fellow. In case of doubt, please contact maha.david@pasteur.fr.

PROCEDURE

The candidate for the fellowship must send a single pdf document before April 01, 2021 to Inception-D2Icalls@pasteur.fr (template available here)

Selected candidates and project supervisors will be interviewed by the steering committee of the INCEPTION program.
Results will be released after these interviews (Beginning of July 2021).

DATES OF THE CALL
• Opening date: February, 6th, 2021

• Closing: April, 30
th, 2021
• Selection (short list) and interviews of selected applicants by Inception Steering Committee: June,
2021
• Funding: October 2021 – September 2024


CONTACT:

Inception-D2Icalls@pasteur.fr

marina.caillet@pasteur.fr

 

INCEPTION- PostDoc Funding 2021 / INCEPTION Interdisciplinary Projects (P2I call)

(INstitut Convergence : Emergence of Pathology Through Individuals and PopulatiONs)

The INCEPTION program, supported by the call Institut Convergence des Investissements d'Avenir, is launching a call for collaborative, transversal and interdisciplinary projects aimed at understanding the emergence of pathologies through individuals and populations.

FUNDING

250k € maximum for 2 years (human resources/running/equipment).

“Proof of Concept” project : 75k€ maximum for 1 year (human resources/running costs)

The call "Proof of Concept" concerns ambitious and risky projects for which there are only limited preliminary results. The ambition of the project will have to be clearly demonstrated, notably relative to the literature. Depending on the results obtained, the beneficiaries will be able to claim a supplementary budget of up to 250k€ (i.e. an additional budget of 175k€), given a balance sheet and a report about the results and an update on the planned project.

APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY

The call is open to all research units/teams of Institut Pasteur (G5 included) and to all those listed on the INCEPTION website : https://www.inception-program.fr/en/teams. The project must meet the following criteria:

  • Interdisciplinary project on the emergence of pathologies, combining two or more fields from biology, medicine, mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, social sciences ...
  • The cross-cutting nature must be clearly demonstrated, as well as its added value to answer the questions addressed in the project
  • Collaboration between two or more research teams in complementary areas of expertise. One of the research teams leading the project must be affiliated with the Institut Pasteur (Paris); The other research team(s) must be affiliated to Institut Pasteur or another partner of INCEPTION.
  • Projects may also include the participation of additional teams not affiliated to an INCEPTION partner. However, the budget allocated by INCEPTION will not cover the expenses of these teams.

Teams newly beneficiaries in 2020 with a PhD grant (D2I call) or a research project grant (P2I call) are not eligible for 2021 calls; A same team cannot benefit in the same year (2021) from a P2I grant and a D2I fellow. In case of doubt, please contact maha.david@pasteur.fr.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE – TWO STEPS

  1. Applicants must send a letter of intent including the title of the project, the teams involved and the principal investigators, a public summary of 200 words, the proposed budget and its justification in the outline (First page of the full template : Arial font 11, single pdf document)
  2. Applications selected in step 1 will be invited to send a full project (maximum of 7 pages, including references, Arial font 11, single pdf document)

The full template is available here.

Applications (step 1 & 2) should be sent to Inception-P2Icalls@pasteur.fr. They will be evaluated by the INCEPTION steering committee with the help of international experts, for an implementation on January, 1st 2021.

For questions, please contact marina.caillet@pasteur.fr

KEY DATES

Step 1

  • Call opens February, 6th, 2021
  • Call closes April, 20th, 2021

Step 2

  • Call opens May, 2021
  • Call closes June, 2021
  • Selection by the Inception Steering Committee: October 2021
  • Funding starts: January 1,  2022

CONTACTS

Inception-P2Icalls@pasteur.fr

marina.caillet@pasteur.fr

 

FAQ – INCEPTION P2I/D2I calls

  • INCEPTION provides an official template. Is it mandatory to comply with it?

Yes, the proposed framework includes all the information requested for the evaluation process.

  • Is it possible to write my proposal in French?

Your proposal should preferably be written in English. As the evaluation can be carried out by non-French-speaking scientific personalities, the INCEPTION steering committee encourages applicants to submit proposals in English.

  • Can an INCEPTION project integrate a foreign partner or International Institut Pasteur Network (RIIP) team?

Yes, it is indeed possible to integrate a foreign partner or a team of the RIIP in your consortium, but no budget will be received by this team. A demonstration must therefore be made in the proposal that this partner is "autonomous" concerning the human and financial means necessary for the performance of the tasks in which it is involved.

  • Can an INCEPTION project integrates plaforms and core facilities of Institut Pasteur and other Inception partners as research unit/team ?

No, the projects requires two research units (G5 included). The platforms and central installations of Institut Pasteur and other INCEPTION partners ARE NOT considered as research units / teams, but they may be added to a consortium project (with a budget) comprising at least two research units (G5 included).

  • Can an INCEPTION project only includes research units from Institut Pasteur or only research teams of an INCEPTION partners?

Yes, all INCEPTION projects must be led by two or more research teams in complementary areas of expertise. One of the research teams leading the project must be affiliated with Institut Pasteur (Paris, G5 included); The other research team(s) must be affiliated to Institut Pasteur or to another partner of INCEPTION.

  • Can an INCEPTION project be only composed of two research units of Institut Pasteur ?

Yes, INCEPTION projects can be led by two research units of institute Pasteur, but these units must be in complementary areas of expertise.

  • Can an INCEPTION project be only composed of one research unit of Pasteur and a platform or core facilities of INCEPTION partners?

No, INCEPTION projects must be led at least by two research units in complementary areas of expertise. The platforms and central installations of Pasteur and other INCEPTION partners can be added to the project with a budget but they cannot be considered as co-leader.

  • Can an INCEPTION project integrate a research unit funded last year?

No, all teams that benefited in 2020 from a PhD grant (D2I call) or research project grant (P2I call) are not eligible for 2021 calls, with the exception of teams that have obtained (2020) or are requesting (2021) low funding of less than 10 K€ (in total). In this case, this team comes to reinforce the project but cannot be counted as being one of the two leader or supervisory teams.

  • Can a research team apply for P2I and D2I calls in the same year?

Yes, but a same team cannot benefit in the same year (2021) from a P2I grant and a D2I fellow.