Presenting research proposals
Both the administration of the Department/Campus concerned and the Research Service provide support in the preparation of research proposals within the framework of funded programmes. Such support differs according to the type of competition which the researcher intends to take part in.
Support for national competitions
The Research Service provides support in the analysis of the participation requirements of the main competitions, checks the budget, where required and/or necessary, controls the legal and formal issues of the agreements required to submit the proposal (Temporary Consortia, Temporary Associations of Companies, collaboration agreements).
Support for European and international competitions
The Research Service provides support in the analysis of the participation requirements of the main competitions, checks the budget, where required and/or necessary, controls the legal and formal issues of the agreements required to submit the proposal and organizes opportunities for common discussion (seminars and thematic events) and ad hoc training events.
The Research Service provides support in the analysis of participation requirements and controls the documentation to be prepared in terms of correctness of the information given. It also collects, from the relevant offices, any additional information required to fill out competition forms.
An ERC desk, with its own staff, has been part of the Research Service since January 2015. This desk supports and helps young researchers to participate in ERC calls. In addition, for all ERC funded projects, the desk can take care of the entire administrative process. For Marie Curie projects, instead, professors can freely choose to keep administrative management within the Departments or to have these projects managed centrally by the Research Service.
Management of Competitions with participation limits
In case of competitions with participation limits, the Research Service immediately sends an email to all the Heads and Department Managers to inform them that an internal selection procedure must start (procedure approved by the Academic Senate at its meeting on 16th December 2013). In particular, a deadline is set for the presentation of project abstracts for internal selection purposes.
If a competition with participation limits has not been previously notified and a professor/Department/participated body informs the competent Service of its intention to take part in the competition less than 10 days before the relevant deadline, the University Services, not having enough time to select the proposals, are exempted from responsibility in case of participation of several structures and from any ensuing incompatibility.
The proposals will be submitted to the Evaluation Committee that will choose the abstract to be submitted for that specific competition. The Research Service will them inform all those concerned. The complete procedure relating to competitions with participation limits is published on the University's Intranet, section "How to", "Competitions with participation limits".