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Eligibility criteria

  • The candidate must have a tenured position at the time the application is submitted and be mainly assigned to one of the research laboratories on the Bordeaux University site.
  • The candidate must have obtained his/her PhD degree less than twelve (12) years before the closing date of the call for projects (PhD obtained after 1st January 2007). Exemptions may be granted (in the case of maternity/paternity leave, career break for medical reasons or other special situations), for a maximum of 2 years, provided that such a request has been justified and approved before the application is submitted.
  • The project must not have been funded elsewhere nor have been submitted as part of an application more than 18 months ago.
  • Candidates already receiving support funds provided for new research teams (IdEx Chair, ATIP-Avenir, ANR JCJC, ERC, Emergence INC, Momentum CNRS, Tremplin ERC etc.) are not eligible for this scheme. In general, this program will not finance the continuation of projects already ongoing.

Particular attention will be paid to candidates with initiative for original research and ability to think “out of the box”.
The project should have one leader (principal investigator - PI), but can involve several members of staff and/or research structures. However, funding will be allocated to the PI and will be managed by only one research unit.

Submitting applications and assessment

Application process

Applications are submitted for each phase by filing online via the IdEx Bordeaux website, on the dedicated platform. All the required documents must be provided for the application to be valid.

The application file must include:

  • a description of the research project (5 pages maximum) setting out how the project and the project leader fall with the scope of the objectives of the “Emergence” program (see context). The format is left to the discretion of the applicant, although the outline presented in Document A must be respected. English is the recommended language. This document must be signed by the Director of the Laboratory that will host the project. (document A1)
  • a support form of the project filled in and signed by the Director of the host laboratory (Document A2).
  • a budget appendix setting out the funds being requested. (Document B)
  • an “Ethics, Integrity and Social Responsibility” appendix (Document C)
  • CV of the applicant (PI), and of co-applicant(s) where appropriate, including main scientific publications (3 pages maximum)

Assessment criteria

Projects will be assessed under the guidance of a dedicated committee formed by the IdEx Bordeaux Management committee according to the following criteria, in decreasing order of importance:

  • Scientific qualities of the project and the candidate;
  • Project content in terms of innovation, ground-breaking ideas, creativity, etc.;
  • Impact in terms of scientific and academic visibility (research, training);
  • The funding requested should be consistent with the intended scope of the project.

Although not a discriminating criterion, wide-ranging projects involving at least two of the three subject Departments of Science and Technology, Life and Health Sciences and Social and Human Sciences are strongly encouraged. 

External experts will be called on in the context of the application assessment process. In order to avoid any conflict of interest, applicants are invited, where applicable, to provide in Document A the names of researchers they wish to exclude from the assessment of their application.

The final list of projects selected for funding will be produced by the IdEx Bordeaux Management committee, based on the general objectives of the Excellence Initiative and the specific objectives of the “Emergence” program.