Resources and documents

Here you can find relevant resources and documents from the European and national level, for example from Eurodoc, the European Commission, swissuniversities, SHK, SWIR etc.

European researchers respond to implementation of ‘Plan S’ on Open Access

Three big European organisations for early-career and senior researchers have jointly issued a response to ‘Plan S’ on Open Access. Reassuring their support, they offer concrete recommendations on the proposed guidance for achieving Open Access via Plan S to ensure its realistic implementation from the perspective of European researchers.

Read more: http://eurodoc.net/news/2019/press-release-researchers-respond-to-implementation-of-plan-s

Never heard of Plan S?

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Next Generation: Für eine wirksame Nachwuchsförderung

The Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) has published a report on the precarious situation of the non-professorial academic staff. Focus is being laid on post-docs in social sciences.

Unfortunately, the report is in German – however, the management summary is available in German and French.

Hildbrand, Thomas (2018): Next Generation: Für eine wirksame Nachwuchsförderung (Swiss Academies Reports 13, 1). Zenodo. http://doi.org/zenodo.1216424

SNF launches new program for team-oriented cross-border research – SPIRIT

Starting 1 February 2019, the SNF launches its new program SPIRIT: “The SPIRIT programme facilitates knowledge exchange between Swiss researchers and researchers in selected countries that are receiving development assistance. With SPIRIT, the SNSF is giving Swiss researchers more opportunities to collaborate with partners in many countries around the world.”

International consortia can request between 50,000 and 500,000 francs in project funds for two to four years. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but selection will be highly competetive as the SNF plans to fund only 12 projects per year.

More information: www.snf.ch/en/funding/programmes/spirit/

European Copyright Reform

Eurodoc signs an open letter to the European Parliament to halt a copyright reform which is perceived as potentially harmful. It mainly criticizes Articles 11 and 13 which might further restrict access to scientific research and data which contradicts the EU’s ambitions in the field of Open Data and Open Science.

Further Information: http://eurodoc.net/news/2018/eurodoc-signs-an-open-letter-to-european-parliament-to-halt-potentially-harmful-copyright

Direct link to the letter: https://sparceurope.org/copyrightreform/

Research career – A living dream?

The Eurodoc conference 2018, which was organized in collaboration with FUURT, took place in Tampere on 18 and 19 April 2018. The conference’s main topics were mental health, equality with focus on mobility, open access, and new criteria for measuring excellence. Amongst the highly qualified PhD speakers were also representatives from industry and European education institutions. The audience gave new insights and many opportunities to discuss these topics covered from different perspectives and led to promising approaches for innovative solutions. Opportunities for networking ensure ongoing discussion and activities related to the topics discussed. It also made Eurodoc, its National Associations and all their efforts more visible. actionuni was represented by Salome Adam and Mirco Grüter.

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Report of the Annual General Meeting of the European Council of PhD Candidates and Junior Researchers” (Eurodoc)

Salome Adam (VAUZ) and Mirco Grüter (VAUZ & Actionuni) were this year’s Actionuni’s delegates at the “Annual General Meeting” (AGM) of “the European Council of PhD Candidates and Junior Researchers” (Eurodoc) that took place in Tampere, Finland from the 20.-21. April 2018. The AGM is Eurodoc’s highest decision-making body.

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Actionuni participated in a public consultation on how EU funds should be used

In consultation with Eurodoc, Actionuni participated in a public consultation on how EU funds should be used in the areas of investment, research &innovation, SMEs and the single market.

We highlighted in particular the importance of a full funding of EU research programs and asked the EU to:

  1. Increase budget of FP9
  2. Support Open Science for researchers
  3. Support career development of researchers
  4. Fund research into mental health of researchers

You’ll find our complete answers here (PDF)

New SNSF Grants: Flexibility Grants replace 120% Support Grants

The SNF has launched a new vehicle: the SNSF Flexibility Grant. It is tailored to support researchers with young families. It facilitates part-time work, finances scientific support persons and contributes towards the costs of external child care to ease the double burden for researchers with children. With this new instrument, the SNSF continues his commitment towards equal opportunities for all researchers, which he has previously pursued with his 120% Support Grants.

The new vehicle is:

  • Open to more researchers
  • Including researchers with older children
  • Using a more favourable calculation method
  • More flexible
  • Easier to apply for

For further information please visit the SNSF’s Flexibility Grants website.