Odgovori na upite - TTP 2018

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The next set of answers will be published on 24 April 2018 by 16:00. 

Answers 20.04.2018.

Q: Just to awoid any possible missunderstanding, could you please explain us what would happen in the case when PI is not permanently employed at the time of application, suppose that application is accepted and PI becomes assistant professor, with a contract for an indefinite period? All other requiremets regarding PhD are fulfilled. Will he be able to be a PI further on, until the project is finished?
A: In case the project proposal is accepted for funding, the project needs to start on 1 January 2019 and the PI is expected to work full time on the project for which they will receive a full salary from the project funds. If the PI is offered a permanent employment in the time between the acceptance for funding of the project proposal and the start of the project, the PI cannot act in both roles.
 
Q: I would like to ask you whether this program will continue in the following years, i.e. whether the call will be open only in 2018, or in 2019 and 2020 as well?
Also, the initiation of the current project is set for January 2019 – how strict is that and would later start be possible?
A: This programme will not be launched again as a part of the Swiss - Croatian cooperation.
The project cannot start later than 01 January 2019 due to the already predefined time framework of the Swiss - Croatian Cooperation Programme.
 
Q: The goal of the TTP programme is for the PI to "... gain competences and conditions for the employment as professors...". What happens to the status of the funded project if the PI accepts a tenure-track position at the Host Institution during the project duration? What are the effects of this on purchased equipment, PhD students, PostDocs, PI salary? What if the PI accepts a tenure-track position at a Croatian institution other than the Host Institution during the project?
A: If the PI leaves the project or is negatively evaluated, the funds will be reallocated to remaining projects based on the decision of Steering Committee of the TTP programme.
The purchased equipment shall remain at the unrestricted disposal of the Project and shall not be diverted without prior written approval of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
 
Q:  Can the PI or other team members apply for external funding that would require their mobility - e.g. MSCA Individual Fellowships? If yes, is there a limit to the duration of stay abroad?
A: The PI or other team members can apply for external funding.
 
Q:  You said in your answers from 11.04.2018. that the PI's salary is "equal to that of an associate professor." In the answers from 13.04.
2018. you say: "Regarding the PI's salary, it is equal to that of Assistant Professors". Which is it?
A: Regarding the PI's salary, it is equal to that of Assistant Professors and cannot be higher than what has been established by the Croatian national legislation.
 
Q: Is subcontracting eligible for funding? For example in the case of highly interdisciplinary research.
A: Subcontracting can be an eligible cost in case it is justified and necessary for the implementation of the project and only for licensed activities for which the research group has no competencies.
  
Q: Can we identify potential collaborators (researchers, SMEs) that would not be part of the research group, i.e. not funded through TTP? Would this be beneficial to the application? If so, is just a general description of the potential collaborative research needed for the proposal, or some formal participation from these parties?
A: Research group will consist of PI, 1-2 PhD student and 1-2 postdoctoral researchers who will paid from the project. Other researchers can take part in the implementation of the project but they cannot be members of the research group nor can they be included in the Work and Financial Plan of the project.


Answers 17.04.2018.

Q: I have the following questions regarding the TTPP programme:
1. How is maternity leave documented for female researchers (default deduction of 16 months)? By submitting birth certificate(s)?
2. What is the role of the EPFL? It cannot be a host institution, but it should be part of a project collaboration?
A: Maternity leave can be documented via an official certificate confirming the dates of the maternity leave. The certificate can be issued by the relevant social security institution or by the host institution where the applicant was employed at the time of the maternity leave. Alternatively, a birth certificate can be provided.
The role of EPFL is that they are a partner in the Tenure Track programme and they will provide their expertise on the tenure track scheme to Croatia. They do not need to be included in the project proposal but they will nominate one international mentor for each PI and will be included in the evaluation process.
 
Q: I am permanently employed at a university college (i.e., "visoka skola") in Croatia, which is not a research institution. Hence, my institution cannot support my research. That is why I will soon become an adjunct assistant professor (i.e., "naslovno zvanje docenta") at one Croatian university. Clearly, my contract with the university will not be full-time nor permanent, and I plan to stay full-time permanently with my university college. Suppose I receive the TTP grant, I plan to stay only with my university college salary. My incentives to apply for this project are to establish a strong research group through hiring perspective young researchers, acquiring lab equipment and travels (not to earn a double salary). In fact, I would use "my TTP salary" to hire an additional researcher. Is this scenario in line with the TTP rules?
Of course, if I receive a positive answer from you, I still need to commence negotiations with my university college and the aforementioned university.
A: According to the information provided, you are not eligible to apply to this Call. A PI’s salary will be fully funded from the Tenure Track programme so a 100 per cent participation on the project is expected. A PI’s salary cannot be used for any other purposes or costs. A PI cannot be employed at another institution in the course of duration of the TTP project.


Answers 13.04.2018.
 
Q: Could you give me a clarification on the following conditions:
Principal Investigator must not be permanently employed at a Croatian research institution.
What exactly does permanent employment mean?
Who is than eligible to apply?
Only senior assistants, holding a PhD?
Are docents (Assistant Professors) also eligible to apply or not?
A: The PI must not be permanently employed, i.e. they must not have a contract for an indefinite period with a Croatian research institution. As specified in the Call for proposals, the PI must fulfil the following conditions:
- researcher willing to pursue an academic research career in Croatia,
- must at the date of recruitment be in a possession of doctoral degree; the period between the date of the PhD award and the call deadline must not be shorter than two years nor longer than seven years,
- must have excellent research and academic track record,
- submit a promising research plan for 5 years,
- not permanently employed at a Croatian research institutions (public universities, public scientific institutes, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts).
Assistant Professors are eligible to apply provided that they meet the requirements stated above.
 
Q: Is there upper limit in determination of salary of the PI, paid from the project funds?
A: Regarding the PI's salary, it is equal to that of Assistant Professors and cannot be higher than what has been established by the Croatian national legislation.
 
Q: It is written that equipment must be purchased in the 1st research year so can the total amount be unevenly distributed over the 5 years?
Where to include the remaining 3% in the finances, under which category, they all have maximum percentage?
Can we create a new category: Costs of the Foundation as the Tenure Track Program coordinator? You wrote that in response to the previous question.
Can we include collaborators on a project who will not be paid by the project, but they are already employees of the institution?
A: A financial plan needs to include 100 per cent of the costs of the project. The updated Financial Plan Form is available on CSF’s website. The recommended limitations stated in the Call for proposals refer to programme costs of the Tenure Track programme and they represent guidelines to applicants in compiling a financial plan. The only limitation which refers to costs of a particular project are Overhead costs for the Host Institution (maximum 5% of total project costs). It is not necessary to include costs of the Foundation as the Tenure Track Program coordinator.
Research group will consist of PI, 1-2 PhD student and 1-2 postdoctoral researchers who will paid from the project. Other researchers can take part in the implentation of the project but they cannot be members of the research group nor can they be included in the Work and Financial Plan of the project.

Q: Our faculty has accredited study programmes in the field of social sciences, more precisely in the field of information and communication sciences, but some of our study programmes are linked to other fields such as computer sciences or mathematics. In the past we have implemented various projects linked to different fields such as mathematics and computer sciences, and at our institution we have the following laboratories which are not limited only to social sciences: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Laboratory for Open Systems and Security, Laboratory for Generative Programming and Machine Learning. Also, some of our students have received national STEM scholarships which means that the Ministry of science and education has recognized some of our study programmes partly as STEM. Regarding those information, could our institution be eligible host institution for a project in the field of eg. computer sciences?
A: Any public university, public scientific institute and Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art can host the PI. An applicant can submit a proposal only in the scientific area for which the Host Institution is accredited. Institution eligible to apply must be accredited in the following field of research: Engineering, Computer Sciences, Basic Sciences. Institutions accredited in the field of social sciences are not eligible to apply to this Call which is regulated by Framework Agreement between the Swiss Federal Council and the Government of the Republic of Croatia concerning the implementation of the Swiss-Croatian cooperation programme to reduce economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union, signed 30 June 2015, defining the overall objectives of the Swiss-Croatian cooperation.
 
Q: Does a domestic mentor have to be suggested (explicitly, by name) in a project proposal or will he/she be nominated by an institution afterward, when the project is approved?
A: The Host Institution will need to commit one mentor for each PI; the mentor will be an employee of the Host Institution. The mentor will be nominated after the project proposal has been approved for financing.
 
Q: In the Guidelines for applicants document, in the B part of the Application Form, in State-of-the-art part, it says:
Describe how proposed research enables development of independent research group, especially in relation to the research conducted by your mentors or supervisors;
To which mentors or supervisors does this refer to? Phd, postdoc mentors?
A: It refers to any mentors the potential PI might have had in their research career, including PhD and postdoctoral mentor.

 
Answers 11.04.2018.

Q: According to the Financial plan form, there are limitations for each of the cost category: salaries up to 42.2% of total project costs, equipment up to 23.2%, etc.  Since the sum of the all indicated maximum limits is 95.1%, could you please kindly explain / provide an example how to compile a financial plan to comply with the limitation of all categories.
A: The recommended limitations refer to programme costs of the Tenure Track programme and they represent guidelines to applicants in compiling a financial plan.
The only limitation which refers to costs of a particular project are Overhead costs for the Host Institution (maximum 5% of total project costs).
The Financial Plan Form has been modified accordingly.
 
Q: Does participation in this project count having in mind the regulation that one person can participate at maximum two CSF project at the same time? In other words, can a post-doc who is already an associate at two Research project participate in this proposal?
A: Once the project starts, a post doc/ PhD student can participate only in the funded TTP project. A PI’s salary will be fully funded from the Tenure Track programme so a 100 per cent participation on the project is expected.
PhD students who already participate on CSF projects can be members of the research group with  a written approval from their mentor, as specified in the Young researchers' career development project – training of new doctoral students Call.
 
Q: Is it possible to plan the starting date of the project later than January 2019 (preferably June 2019) due to Principal Investigator's current obligations on another project as lead researcher?
A: The project cannot start later than 01 January 2019 due to the already predefined time framework of the Swiss - Croatian Cooperation Programme.
 
Q: How do I calculate PI's salary? Is this going to be the salary of a Croatian postdoc or higher?
A: Personnel costs and personnel cost categories have to be in line with the Croatian national legislation. A PI's salary is equal to that of an Assistant Professors.
The salary costs cover annual gross salary, transportation costs and other salary related costs according to the Croatian regulations (Link).
 
Q: There is nothing written in the Call about PI status on other projects. If PI, at the time of application, still is associate at a different project (CSF project or other) can he still apply his project on this call? If the PI has a contract until July 2019 with the host institution, does the contract has to be terminated and new has to be signed?
A: If a PI is, at the time of application, still an associate at a CSF or any other project, they can still apply to this Call provided they meet the requirements and are able to start working on the project on 01 January 2019. The Host institution will offer the PI a work contract in connection with their new role as a TTP Principal Investigator, regardless of the PI's previous employment terms with the Host institution.
 

Odgovori 06.04.2018.

P: Poštovani, ovo je navedeno vezano uz troškove:
Prihvatljivi troškovi moraju biti izravno povezani s projektom:
  • Troškovi plaća, do 43% ukupnih troškova programa, uključujući doprinose i druge troškove vezane uz plaću, sukladno hrvatskim zakonskim propisima, za voditelja projekta, studente doktorskih studija i poslijedoktorske istraživače. Troškovi plaća mogu iznositi najviše polovicu ukupnog proračuna projekta. Plaće i kategorija plaća moraju biti izražene u skladu s hrvatskim zakonodavstvom.
  • Oprema za istraživanje i održavanje opreme može iznositi najviše 24% ukupnih programskih troškova. Kupovina opreme mora biti planirana u prvoj godini provedbe projekta.
  • Troškovi istraživanja mogu iznositi najviše 17% ukupnih programskih troškova: potrošni materijal, knjige, računala, članstva, diseminacije, publikacije, podugovaranje itd.
  • Dodatak za mobilnost može iznositi najviše 8% ukupnih programskih troškova: (konferencije, seminari, kratke posjete do 3 mjeseca, umrežavanje, troškovi za putovanja itd.;)
  • Neposredni troškovi za instituciju domaćina (najviše 5% ukupnih projektnih troškova).
Kad se navedene stavke zbroje dolazimo do iznosa od 97% a što je s ostalih 3%?“
O: Preporučeni okviri odnose se na troškove programa Tenure Track te služe kao smjernica prijaviteljima projektnih prijedloga u razradi financijskih planova. Razlika u postocima odnosi se na troškove Zaklade kao provoditelja programa Tenure Track.
 
P: U tekstu natječaja na hrvatskom jeziku piše da institucija domaćin, podnositelj projekta može prijaviti projektni prijedlog isključivo u onom području ili područjima za koje je akreditirana znanstvena ustanova. Može li ustanova koja je akreditirana za društvene i humanističke znanosti prijaviti interdisciplinarni projekt bez obzira što u natječaju nema istraživačkog područja društvenih i humanističkih znanosti?“
O: Interdisciplinarni prijedlozi su dobrodošli no samo iz sljedećih istraživačkih područja: biomedicine i zdravstva, biotehničkih znanosti, tehničkih znanosti i prirodnih znanosti.
 
P: Hoće li HRZZ uzeti u obzir prijave mladih istraživača kojima je proteklo više od 7 god. od obrane doktorata? Datum stjecanja doktorata je 11 mj., 2008, godine, te sam bila na 2 porodiljna (jedan prije doktorata i jedan nakon obrane doktorata.)
O: HRZZ će uzeti u obzir vrijeme provedeno na porodiljnom ili roditeljskom dopustu pod uvjetom da se podnesu potvrde o trajanju porodiljnog ili roditeljskog dopusta, kliničke prakse koja je provedena nakon stjecanja doktorata ili bolesti. Ti će se periodi oduzeti od vremena koje je proteklo od stjecanja doktorata.
 
P: U prijavi na natječaj Tenure Track Pilot Program navedeno je da je program osmišljen kao podrška izvrsnim mladim istraživačima u osnivanju neovisne istraživačke grupe i u stjecanju iskustva i uvjeta za napredovanje u karijeri na poziciju profesora ili docenta na sveučilištu ili znanstvenom institutu, a jedan od kriterija za voditelja projekta je da voditelji ne mogu biti stalno zaposleni pri hrvatskoj istraživačkoj organizaciji (javna sveučilišta, javni znanstveni instituti, Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti). Da li to znači da doktorandi javnog Sveučilišta ne mogu sudjelovati u projektu? Ili postoji neki drugi način da se uključe?
O: Doktorandi mogu sudjelovati u projektu u svojstvu suradnika u istraživačkoj grupi.
 
 
Adresa ttp@hrzz.hr služi isključivo za postavljanje pitanja vezanih uz trenutno raspisani natječaj „Tenure Track Pilot program“. Upiti koji se tiču projekata koji su trenutno u provedbi ili drugih trenutno otvorenih natječaja zaprimaju se isključivo na generičke adrese namijenjene tim upitima koje su navedene na mrežnoj stranici HRZZ-a, a na upite vezane uz natječaje koji trenutno nisu otvoreni nismo u mogućnosti odgovarati.