Thursday, October 07, 2010

Greece: Funding Opportunities for Postdoctoral Research

The Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs invites all interested beneficiaries to submit proposal summaries for their inclusion in the Action "Support of Postdoctoral Researchers".

The aim of this Action is to facilitate the acquirement of new research skills by Postdoctoral Researchers (PR) that will promote their career development in any field and/or help them restart their careers after a leave of absence (but no more than seven (7) years following their doctorate conferment date). Emphasis will be given to the support of new scientists at the beginning of their career. The duration of the research projects should range from 24 to 36 months. Each candidate can submit only one (1) research proposal.

The total pubic cost of the present call is 30.000.000€ and it is co-financed by the ESF (European Social Fund). The maximum budget for each project is 150.000€. At least 60% of the total budget should be related to costs pertaining to activities undertaken by the PR and should include a monthly net allowance of 1.600€, subject to cost-of-living adjustments for different countries.

The potential beneficiaries of this call must be either

a) Greek or foreign nationals that have acquired their doctorate from a non-Greek University. These researchers should undertake their research in a University/Research Institution within Greece


b) Greek nationals that have acquired their doctorate from a Greek University. These researchers may undertake their research in a University/Research Institution either in Greece or abroad. In the first case the host Institution should differ from the University where the candidate PR obtained his/her doctorate and the PR should collaborate with a scientist other than his/her PhD supervisor. In the second case the PR should undertake the first 2/3 of his/her research in a University/Research Institution outside Greece and the final 1/3 in a University/Research Institution within Greece.

A two-stage submission procedure will be followed. Please, note that at this stage (i.e. 1st stage) the PRs are not required to have established cooperation with the host Institution. They only need to indicate where (University/Research Institution) and with whom (Faculty member or Research Scientist of a public Research Institution that holds a PhD degree) they would like to cooperate. If a proposal is positively assessed during the evaluation of summaries (1st stage), the respective PR will be asked to submit a full proposal (2nd stage) as well as contact the proposed host Institution to ensure collaboration.

All summaries (as well as the full proposals at the 2nd evaluation stage) will be reviewed by international experts. Further information for the 2nd submission stage will become available in the near future.

All interested beneficiaries should register at the following link:

and submit their summaries at:

The summaries submission deadline is November 20, 2010 at 22:00 GMT.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:24 pm

    Professor Panaretos:

    The rules for your scheme are understandable in aiming to promote mobility - I support this, being the scientific coordinator of a Marie Curie Network. But unfortunately the scheme seems to rule out funding for foreign (non-Greek) PhDs who have returned to Greece with their dreams of contributing to the building of high quality universities in their homeland through their research, only to have their dreams shattered by being harassed out their academic positions by corrupt academics who populate some of the Greek universities' departments and who do not even respect the Greek law. I know that you know about some of these disgraceful bullies - there is no other word to describe them.

    I am a UK full professor in a top research school.I have deep personal knowledge of the Greek university system, having seen over a period of four years or so, a wonderfully talented young social/business scientist literally harassed out of a lectureship by others in the department who cannot tolerate academic success. Four years ago the rector of this person's university threatened that s/he would never work in Greece again if s/he went to the courts to protect her/his rights. This person is now unemployed, even after having won various court decisions.

    Please can you do more to protect such people? Please enable them to re-build their excellence-led research and teaching careers without having to suffer the harassment that I am sure you agree they do not deserve, and which would be strictly illegal in most of the rest of Europe.

    Apologies for this long message. But at least one person depends so much on your intervention and I just feel the need to speak on her/his behalf to try to help. I know that you are extremely busy with the "big issues", but if enough of these "small issues" are resolved, the big issues will surely be driven away.....