Application Content and Evaluation Criteria
To be considered, an application must include the following information (in English):
In the online application form:
- Project title
- Names and contact information of the applicants
- Project summary with a research question (max 500 words)
- Description of the multidisciplinary approach (max 500 words)
- Added value – how does a shared postdoc critically contribute to your collaborative project
- Statement supporting the likelihood of your finding a high-quality candidate for this project
- Research areas involved
- Description of past or potential future collaborations and synergies with IceLab members and activities
- Uploaded team description including CVs for all applicants (max 3 pages per applicant), and details regarding applicants’ roles and responsibilities in the project (one PDF document)
- Uploaded detailed project description including scientific background, research plan and feasibility. (one PDF document, max 3 pages)
Note: The project does not need to be computational nor does it need to involve a current affiliate of IceLab.
Evaluation criteria and guiding questions for phase 1 external review
Once the application window has closed, an external review team will review and rank the applications according to the following criteria and guiding questions:
Project originality, scientific quality and feasibility
- Are the project’s design and questions of high scientific quality?
- Is the project well-described? Are the research problem, prior research, methods and other components clear?
- Is the project feasible for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship?
- Is the project likely to be successful in finding an appropriate candidate for the postdoctoral fellowship?
- Does the proposed project show potential for novel research discoveries through its results or potential to open new research fields and approaches?
Interdisciplinary added value
- Does the project include novel ways of combining theories, disciplines, data or methods?
- Do the applicants form a new, genuinely interdisciplinary grouping?
- Does the project show a genuine need for collaboration between the applicants to succeed?
- Is the addition of a shared postdoctoral fellow a necessary step for this collaborative project idea to flourish?
- Does the team include at least two researchers from different research areas and departments from UmU or SLU?
- Is the division of work and collaboration between the participants in the project clearly described?
- Can this project strengthen IceLab’s environment by, for example, supporting its interdisciplinary activities and giving access to new scientific disciplines and departments not previously explored by IceLab’s core members?
- Do the applicants demonstrate a willingness and ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries?
The external review team will identify 4-6 projects that can go on to search for candidates for the postdoctoral fellowships.
Internal review of project and candidate pairings
An internal review committee will review the top 4-6 projects along with their chosen candidates for the postdoctoral fellowship. The committee will consist of principal investigators of the candidate projects, current IceLab multidisciplinary postdoctoral fellows and other postdocs and PhD students. They will review the projects and top candidates to identify the top three project and candidate pairings. They will interview the candidates as part of this process and assess how candidates may fit and contribute to the IceLab environment.
To create a strong multidisciplinary postdoctoral community, the postdoctoral fellows will be based in IceLab. IceLab has ten years of experience in this type of research and can ensure that every researcher in the program will be connected through IceLab’s physical space and activities. Researchers who receive funding from this program, but are not yet full IceLab members, will become affiliates of the research environment, participate in IceLab activities and maintain an open and collaborative focus throughout the project lifetimes and beyond.
Selected postdoctoral fellows should be able start the projects in early January 2024.