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									                                Guidelines for Applicants

                                    AFR Postdoc Grants
                                         (Version 4: 18th May 2009)




This document provides applicants with guidelines for the submission of PhD applications under the FNR
funding scheme „Aides à la Formation-Recherche (AFR)‟.

Please carefully read the „Guidelines for Applicants‟ and the „AFR Terms and Conditions‟ before
preparing and submitting your proposal.

Further information is available on www.fnr.lu. or by sending a request to afr@fnr.lu.




Guidelines for Applicants – AFR Postdoc Grants; v4 – 18.05.2009
                                                          Table of content
Part 1: General Guidelines ......................................................................................................................... 3
  1. What is the AFR Research Training Grant? ........................................................................................... 3
  2. Who can apply? ..................................................................................................................................... 3
  3. How to apply for AFR funding? ............................................................................................................. 3
  4. Resubmissions ....................................................................................................................................... 4
  5. Deadlines ............................................................................................................................................... 4
  6. Limitation of the number of applications ............................................................................................. 4
  7. Work contract or fellowship?................................................................................................................ 5
  8. Elements determining the AFR grant contribution ............................................................................... 5
  9. Funding decision and project start ....................................................................................................... 5
  10. What are the AFR selection criteria? .................................................................................................. 5
  11. How are the AFR applications evaluated? .......................................................................................... 6
  12. Grant duration .................................................................................................................................... 6
  13. Part-time research .............................................................................................................................. 6
  14. Maternity leave ................................................................................................................................... 6
  15. Applicants who are third country nationals ........................................................................................ 7
  16. Misconduct.......................................................................................................................................... 7
  17. Dissemination of research results ....................................................................................................... 7
  18. Acknowledgement of AFR funding...................................................................................................... 7
  19. Annual AFR meeting ............................................................................................................................ 7
  20. Annual AFR Awards ............................................................................................................................. 7
  21. Alumni network................................................................................................................................... 8
  22. Marie-Curie Cofunding ........................................................................................................................ 8
  23. Portability of Grants ............................................................................................................................ 8
  24. Interesting web portals and resources for researchers in Luxembourg ............................................. 8
  25. Grant writing ....................................................................................................................................... 8
Part II: Specific Guidelines relating to the application form .................................................................. 9
  I.      Applicant details ........................................................................................................................... 9
  II.     Host Institution ............................................................................................................................. 9
  III.    Description of the research project ............................................................................................ 11
  IV.     Interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting .............................................. 12
  V.      Public-private partnerships (PPP) ............................................................................................... 13
  VI.     Ethical Issues and Data Protection ............................................................................................. 13
  VII.    Training plan ............................................................................................................................... 14
  VIII.   Personal statement..................................................................................................................... 14
  IX.     Type of grant requested ............................................................................................................. 15
  X.      Applicant’s and Host Institution’s Joint Declaration .................................................................. 17
Annex 1 to the Guidelines for Applicants – Research Domains according to ERC ............................ 19


Guidelines for Applicants – AFR Postdoc Grants; v4 – 18.05.2009
                              Part 1: General Guidelines

1. What is the AFR Research Training Grant?
       The AFR is a new national research grant scheme to support PhD and postdoctoral research
        training in Luxembourg and abroad. It has arisen from a reform of the well-established BFR
        “Bourse Formation-Recherche” fellowship scheme, which has come to a close at the end of
        September 2008. From the 1st October 2008 onwards, the law on the AFR “Aides à la
        Formation-Recherche” (AFR) has come into force. The new AFR scheme is managed by the
        Fonds National de la Recherche.

       Under the AFR scheme, the research grants for PhDs are awarded for a period of up to 3 years; a
        4th year prolongation may be awarded under justified circumstances.

       The AFR postdoc grants are awarded for a maximum duration of 2 years.

2. Who can apply?
       The AFR programme has no thematic limitations and is open to all researchers, regardless of
        their nationality, desirous to engage into research training in Luxembourg or abroad. In the
        selection process, the interest of the project in the context of Luxembourg R&D will nevertheless
        be evaluated.
       The candidates are the principal authors of the project proposal and it is their responsibility to
        find a suitable host institution with a competent research group in their field.
       Applicants for the AFR PhD grants must be holders of a University degree of a recognized public
        or private Higher Education Institution, allowing them to enter into doctoral training.
       Applicants for the AFR postdoc grants must be holders of a PhD diploma of a recognized public
        or private Higher Education Institution.
       As opposed to the BFR scheme, AFR beneficiaries are eligible consecutively for PhD and for
        postdoctoral funding.
       Postdoctoral candidates can apply until up to 8 years after reception of their PhD certificate (the
        date of the deadline counts). Furthermore, in order to be eligible as a postdoc, the research
        training has to be carried out in a different country from where the applicant has been principally
        (> 12 months) working in the 24 months preceding the beginning of the intended postdoctoral
        funding period. These two eligibility conditions are binding, without exception.

3. How to apply for AFR funding?
       Applicants must use the latest version of the AFR application form available on the FNR website
        www.fnr.lu.

       Applications must be completed and submitted electronically at afr@fnr.lu by 5 pm (local time)
        at the call deadline (see point 4. Deadlines).

       The applicant needs to make sure that the original signed application form (identical content as
        electronic version and signed by the applicant and the legal representative of the host institution),
        including all supporting documents, in paper, (no recto verso, not stapled!) reaches the FNR
        offices no later than 5 working days after the call deadline at the address: Fonds National de la
        Recherche (FNR) Service AFR, 6, rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, B.P. 1777, L-1017
        Luxembourg.



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       Application forms that arrive late or that are not complete are not eligible!

       Applications that arrive after the indicated deadline may be submitted under the next call
        deadline, taking into account the conditions of that call.

       Certain host institutions, in particular Luxembourg host institutions, have internal rules regarding
        the submission of AFR applications. They may, for example, require that AFR applications must
        first be examined by their administration before they can be submitted to the FNR. In the weeks
        preceding the deadline, applicants should therefore clarify with their host institution about the
        internal submission procedure. The University of Luxembourg (UL), in particular, requires that
        all applications with UL as host institution are first submitted to the SEVE (Service des études et
        de la vie étudiante) for verification and approval. In agreement with the University of
        Luxembourg, the FNR therefore only accepts applications from the UL which have been
        electronically submitted via the SEVE.

4. Resubmissions
       In case a proposal is a resubmission of a former AFR proposal by the same applicant, the points
        raised in the AFR review synthesis have to be addressed specifically and with sufficient
        arguments in the new proposal.
       To be eligible for resubmission, applicants have to provide a separate accompanying note,
        addressing how the reasons for rejection have been rectified. Moreover, the resubmission should
        be based on the initial proposal by highlighting in a different colour (appropriate for black&white
        printing) any changes or additions that were made to the initial version.

5. Deadlines
       Under the AFR scheme, there will be 4 annual call deadlines for PhD applications and 4 annual
        call deadlines for postdoc applications. These deadlines apply for the submission of the
        electronic versions of the application form and are at fixed dates as indicated in the table below.

             Postdoc submission         PhD submission         Funding decision to be
                    deadline                 deadline                expected by
            15th October               15th December          End of February
            15th January               15th March             End of May
            15th April                 15th June              End of September
            15th July                  15th September         End of November

6. Limitation of the number of applications
       The number of AFR applications (PhD & postdoc) is limited to four per calendar year (and per
        call) per PhD supervisor or scientific contact responsible to guide the applicant.
       Only in exceptional cases, the FNR may accept a higher number of applications. An advance
        request has to be submitted to the FNR at least two months prior to the intended submission
        deadline. The request will be answered within 3 weeks time by the FNR. The request should
        include a justification with convincing arguments, the overall strategy of the research group, a
        supervision plan for the candidate(s) to be hosted including PhDs or postdocs already under
        supervision (with or without AFR funding).




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7. Work contract or fellowship?
       Whether at PhD or at postdoctoral level, the AFR instrument is actively encouraging the
        conclusion of work contracts between AFR beneficiaries and their host institutions, thereby
        giving the beneficiaries access to full social security coverage including health and pension
        insurances. The AFR grant scheme pays to the host institution a contribution (“subvention”) to
        the monthly salary costs of the candidate.
       Work contracts will be the rule. Simple fellowships, termed “bourses”, paid directly to the
        beneficiaries, will be possible only in well justified cases (i.e. the conclusion of a work contract
        with the host institution is not possible; the conclusion of a work contract leads to a substantial
        material disadvantage for the candidate compared to a fellowship). Beneficiaries of an AFR
        fellowship must be covered by a health and accident (H&A) insurance. Upon request, the costs
        for the H&A insurance may be partially or entirely refunded by the FNR.
       The work contracts commonly offered in the United States research institutions don‟t
        automatically comprise social security coverage i.e. contribution to a public pension, health and
        accident insurance, coverage of invalidity, certain coverage for the event of unemployment, etc.
        This is however required according to social security systems in European countries and also
        justifies the difference in the costs of an AFR work contract vs. a fellowship. AFR beneficiaries
        with a host institution in the United States (or other country where the social security coverage is
        not according to European standard) are therefore in principle only eligible for an AFR
        fellowship support. Exceptions may be granted if proof is delivered that the above social security
        requirements are all fulfilled.

8. Elements determining the AFR grant contribution
The grant contributions paid under the AFR scheme depend on the following factors:
    PhD or postdoctoral training
    Work contract or fellowship
    Collaboration with an accredited private company in Luxembourg
    Full-time or part time
    Total salary paid by the host institution
    Other funding sources

9. Funding decision and project start
       It is expected that the funding decision will take approx. 2 months for PhD and approx. 4 months
        for postdocs after the deadline of submission.
       If the project starts before the funding decision, the entire responsibility for its costs lies with the
        candidate (in the event of a fellowship) or with the host institution (in the event of a work
        contract).
       After the positive funding decision, the FNR may refund costs retroactively up to the submission
        deadline.

10. What are the AFR selection criteria?
       The submitted proposals will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria:
        1. Scientific quality of the research project
        2. Profile of the applicant
        3. Quality of the host institution
        4. Interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting



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        For postdocs, in addition:
        5. the potential of the research project for career development

11. How are the AFR applications evaluated?
       The submitted research proposals will be reviewed in a two-stage process. In a first stage, every
        proposal will be remotely evaluated by 2 experts. In a second stage, panel meetings will be held
        in Luxembourg, where the selection of the proposals to be considered for funding will be
        finalized.

       In the review process, applications will be evaluated according to the criteria listed above. Special
        attention will be given to project proposals that raise ethical issues.

       In order to keep the review process as transparent as possible, applicants will receive a full
        feedback comprising the conclusion of the panel and the comments by the remote experts.

       All scientific experts solicited by the FNR are required to sign confidentiality agreements and to
        declare any potential conflicts of interest. They are required to treat applications in the strictest
        confidence. They are engaged as individuals, not as representatives of their employer or any other
        entity. They are required to carry out the assessment or evaluation themselves and not ask
        someone to assess or evaluate the application in their place.

       Applicants should also consult the “AFR Evaluation Guidelines for Remote Reviewers and Panel
        Members” as well as the “AFR Review Form” available on the website www.fnr.lu.

12. Grant duration
       The AFR postdoc grants are awarded for a maximum duration of 2 years.
       Researchers, who have had external funding for a limited period of time, may apply for AFR
        funding for the remaining time of their postdoc research project. The minimum AFR grant
        duration is 3 months.

13. Part-time research
       AFR beneficiaries have the possibility to undertake their research either as fulltime or part time.
        Nevertheless, the part time research must not be less than 50% of the normal working time. For
        AFR beneficiaries doing their PhD or postdoc in part time, the maximum funding period of the
        grant may be extended proportionally.

14. Maternity leave
       In case of the birth or adoption of a child, the AFR contract will be extended according to the
        legally defined period for maternity leave. In order to take advantage of the extension, the AFR
        beneficiaries (with or without work contract) have to inform the FNR in advance by indicating
        the foreseen period of maternity leave and by delivering the necessary medical certificates.




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15. Applicants who are third country nationals
          Applicants who are third country nationals may need a visa before entering the territory of
           Luxembourg. For procedures concerning the visa application, refer to www.mae.lu > visa and
           passeports
          According to the recent reform of the immigration law1, researchers who join a public institution
           or private company in Luxembourg that is officially accredited to undertake research activities,
           have to conclude a convention d’accueil with their host institution prior to their entry into
           Luxembourg. Based on this convention d’accueil, they will obtain their titre de séjour including
           their work permit. In order to be eligible for the convention d’accueil in Luxembourg, applicants
           have to choose their residence in Luxembourg for the duration of their stay. Details about the
           procedure is soon available on the portal of the EURAXESS Service Center Luxembourg
           www.euraxess.lu.

16. Misconduct
          Any misconduct, such as falsification of information or research misconduct e.g. plagiarism,
           falsification of data, will result in the immediate disqualification of the application or the
           cancellation of the ongoing grant. Moreover, the FNR may request the reimbursement of the grant
           and may take legal actions.
       

17. Dissemination of research results
          The dissemination and transfer of knowledge is a key added-value of research actions. Results
           should be published actively in peer reviewed publications and presented in scientific
           conferences.

18. Acknowledgement of AFR funding
          Financial support from FNR must be acknowledged in all publications and other forms of media
           communication.

19. Annual AFR meeting
          The FNR organises annually a meeting for all AFR beneficiaries and ex-grantees as a networking
           event.

20. Annual AFR Awards
          The FNR may allocate annually excellence awards to AFR beneficiaries with particular merits or
           outstanding results achieved during their AFR grant period.
          These awards are based on the evaluation of the final reports by the AFR expert panel.
          The awards amount to 4.500 EUR for PhD and 6.000 EUR for postdoc grantees and are directly
           paid to the grantees.
          They are awarded during the annual AFR meeting.




1
    « Loi sur la libre circulation des personnes et l‟immigration », published on 29th August 2008. Information
          available on www.mae.lu > Immigration > Entrée et séjour des étrangers




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21. Alumni network
       The FNR will initiate an alumni network among AFR beneficiaries, promoting the exchange
        between past, current and potentially new AFR grantees.

22. Marie-Curie Cofunding
       From the 1st January 2009 onwards, the AFR postdoc grant scheme is co-funded by the European
        Commission under the Marie-Curie COFUND scheme.

23. Portability of Grants
       The FNR supports the principle of the portability of grants of AFR beneficiaries who want to
        change their host institution for duly justified reasons. This allows beneficiaries to carry on their
        grants in a different host institution, according to the rules and procedures that will be specified in
        the context of the FNR adherence to the EUROHORCs Agreement „Money Follows Researcher‟,
        scheduled in autumn 2008 (see http://eurohorcs.drift.senselogic.se ).

24. Interesting web portals and resources for researchers in Luxembourg
       Public research institutes/University:
                          Université du Luxembourg, www.uni.lu
                          CRP Gabriel Lippmann, www.lippmann.lu
                          CRP Henri Tudor, www.tudor.lu
                          CRP Santé, www.crp-santé.lu
                          CEPS/INSTEAD, www.ceps.lu
       The Luxembourg Portal for Innovation and Research, www.innovation.public.lu
       The National Research Fund (for public R&D funding opportunities in Luxembourg) www.fnr.lu
       The Government of Luxembourg, www.gouvernement.lu
       The Ministry of Research, www.recherche.lu
       The Luxembourg Foresight Exercise (for research priority areas in Luxembourg; see final report
        of the Foresight exercise), www.fnrforesight.lu
       CEDIES (CEntre de Documentation et d‟Information sur l‟Enseignement Supérieur),
        www.cedies.public.lu
       The Luxembourg Mobility Centre at the University of Luxembourg (portal available after 17th
        October 2008; access through the website of the University www.uni.lu )

25. Grant writing
       When writing your grant application, it may appear useful to consult websites on grant writing
        that you can find through standard website search tools, typing „grant writing‟.




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 Part II: Specific Guidelines relating to the application form
The following guidelines are structured according to the different sections of the application form. Each
section of the application form must be completed. If one section doesn‟t apply to the applicant, he/she
should clearly write N.A. or non applicable.

The use of English is a pre-requisite for international visibility in Science. Therefore, applications should
be drafted in English in the natural sciences as well as in mathematics, IT, engineering, and economics. In
fields where the standard scientific language is French or German, applications may also be drafted in one
of these languages. This should however only be the case if the description of the research project
requires an extensive use of specific terminology that is difficult to translate into English. The summary
must however be submitted in English for all projects. If French or German is used, please indicate at the
beginning of your project description the arguments for not using English.


I. Applicant details

    Mobility
       In order to be eligible as a postdoc, the research training has to be carried out in a different
        country from where the applicant has been principally (> 12 months) working in the 24 months
        preceding the start of the intended postdoctoral funding period.

    Date of PhD certificate
       Postdoctoral candidates can apply until up to 8 years after reception of their PhD certificate. The
        date on the PhD certificate counts.

    Diploma
       Copies of the high school, graduate and postgraduate diploma may be submitted in English,
        French, German or Portuguese. If in any other language, they must be translated into English or
        French and officially certified by an accredited translator.

Scientific publications
       Only peer reviewed articles, publications or editions should be quoted.


II. Host Institution

    Choice of host institution
       The host institution (HI) is the institution where the AFR beneficiary performs the major part of
        her/his research. In some cases, it may be difficult to judge where an AFR candidate performs the
        major part of the research, for example in a case where a project is carried out 50% of the time
        in Luxembourg and 50% of the time abroad. In this specific case, it may also turn out as difficult
        or impossible for a Host Institution to offer a work contract, and the only possible solution may
        result in a grant based on a fellowship without work contract. It is up to the candidate together
        with the scientific and administrative coordinators in the Host Institution to find a viable solution



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           that is the most appropriate in a given situation, by trying to give advantage to work contracts
           wherever it is possible.

          It is the responsibility of the applicants to find a suitable HI with a competent research group in
           their field.

          The following are eligible HIs for AFR grantees:
                   o the University of Luxembourg as well as the Luxembourg public research centers :
                           Université du Luxembourg, www.uni.lu
                           CRP Gabriel Lippmann, www.lippmann.lu
                           CRP Henri Tudor, www.tudor.lu
                           CRP Santé, www.crp-santé.lu
                           CEPS/INSTEAD, www.ceps.lu ;
                   o public bodies or private associations2 in Luxembourg with a research mission and
                      scientific competence in the domains of the project; the respective document
                      certifying their research mission and, in the case of associations, their statutes have to
                      be submitted;

                     o   private companies located in Luxembourg active in R&D, in collaboration with a
                         research institution in Luxembourg or abroad; if private companies intend to serve as
                         HI, they need to provide an accreditation („agrément’) issued by the Ministry of
                         Economic Affairs in order to be eligible (information available after 15th September
                         2008 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs);
                         the respective „agrément’ together with a contract between the collaborating public
                         research body and the private company, including the IPR agreement, have to be
                         submitted to ensure the eligibility of the HI;

                     o   recognized research and higher education institutions in Luxembourg or abroad;

                     opublic institutions abroad with a research mission and scientific competence in the
                      domain of the project; the respective document certifying the research mission and
                      the statutes have to be submitted.
(If in doubt, please contact the FNR well in advance prior to the deadline to clarify the eligibility of the
host institution.)
      In the case the Host Institution is a private company, the collaborating public research institution
         has to be indicated as “2nd collaborating institution”.

       Project supervision
          The postdoc project must be carried out in close collaboration with at least one qualified
           researcher in the domain of the project in the host institution who is actively involved in the
           scientific training and the career development of the researcher.
          The scientific advisor shall draw the candidate‟s attention to the content of the postdoc
           regulations.




2
    Associations sans but lucratif ou fondations régies par les dispositions de la loi modifiée du 21 avril 1928 sur les
         associations et les fondations sans but lucratif


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       The scientific advisor shall ensure that the postdoctoral research is conducted:
                o in accordance with the code of conduct for professional work in the field in question;
                o without third parties funding or co-funding the research imposing restrictions on the
                     freedom to publish results that are incompatible with academic freedom.

    Administrative contact
       The administrative contact is the contact person for the AFR contractual and administrative
        issues. In some cases, the administrative contact may be identical to the legal representative.
       In the case of a fellowship without a work contract, the scientific contact may possibly take the
        role of administrative contact.


III.    Description of the research project

       For the indication of the main research domain and the subdomains in the application form,
        please refer to the list of “Research Domains” according to the ERC in Annex 1 of these
        Guidelines.
       The project abstract is part of the application form. The project abstract should provide an
        understanding of the general setting, the objectives of the proposal and how they will be
        achieved. The abstract should be written in a way that it also allows for non-expert readers to
        understand the essence of the proposal. This summary will be used among others to select the
        reviewers for your proposal.
       The full description of the research project must be added in Appendix I. It must be structured
        according to the headings listed under “Project description” in Section III of the application form.
        Every subsection should be treated separately. A clearly legible and understandable work plan
        must be provided. The timetable must not exceed the duration of 2 years (FTE). If the applicant
        fails to complete one of the sections without a proper justification, the application is not eligible!
       A list of abbreviations should be provided where applicable.
       In case a proposal is a resubmission of a former AFR proposal by the same applicant, the points
        raised in the review synthesis have to be addressed specifically and with sufficient arguments in
        the new proposal. The resubmission should be based on the initial proposal by highlighting in a
        different colour any changes or additions that were made to the initial version.
       In case the postdoc project has already started well before the AFR funding request, the applicant
        must base his/her project description on the entire duration of the postdoc including the already
        achieved parts and possible changes or reorientations of the project.
       For AFR projects which are to be carried out in the framework of a greater multiannual project
        (e.g. institution-internal, national, European or international projects), it is essential that the
        proposal indicates explicitly and unequivocally what the individual contribution of the applicant
        in the frame of the greater project is.
       In case two or more submitted projects are interlinked, it must emerge in a clear and transparent
        way, who does what, who gets the credit for what (in terms of first authorships in publications), if
        and how one specific research project is affected in case the related proposal is not retained for
        funding, etc.
       The project description in Appendix I needs to be submitted electronically together with the
        completed application form on the date of the submission deadline.
       The minimum/maximum words or page numbers must be respected. Use Times New Roman Font
        size 11, single space. Adjust the page numbers of the project description to be continuous with the
        previous page numbers in the application form.
       Be concise!


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IV.     Interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting
       The interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting is an essential selection
        criterion.

       As a minimum requirement to fulfil this criterion, one of the following conditions needs to be
        met:
        - the intended research activity is carried out in Luxembourg, in the framework of a research
            project that has already been evaluated or will be evaluated on a national, European or
            international level, or
        - the intended research activity is carried out in a private company in Luxembourg committed
            to offering guidance to the candidate, or
        - the intended research activity takes place in collaboration with either a research organisation,
            a company active in R&D, a private association or foundation or a public sector body in
            Luxembourg
        - the research activity is of thematic interest for Luxembourg, either because the scientific
            domain is related to research activities in Luxembourg or the research project is about
            Luxembourg
        - personal link of the applicant with Luxembourg (see below)
        - Other (to be justified and documented)

       A personal link exists if one of the following conditions is met:

        -   Luxembourg nationals

        -   Nationals of a member country of the European Union with a residence in the Grand-Duchy
            of Luxembourg
            Applicants have to provide
            o a certificate of residence in Luxembourg;

        -   Political refugees with a residence in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
            Applicants have to provide
            o a document certifying their status of political refugee in Luxembourg
            o a certificate of residence in Luxembourg;

        -   Nationals of a third country or stateless with a residence in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,
            who have lived in Luxembourg at least 5 years at the moment of the submission of the
            application
            Applicants have to provide
            o a document certifying their status as stateless acc. to Art. 23 of the Convention relating to
                the status of stateless persons, signed in New York on 28 September 1954;
            o a document certifying their residency in Luxembourg of at least 5 years prior to the
                submission deadline;

            Any of the above mentioned documents to be provided by the applicants should be added in
            the appendix IV of the application (see also chapter of Appendices at the end of the present
            guidelines)




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V. Public-private partnerships (PPP)

Incentive for public-private partnerships (PPP)

       A financial incentive is given to beneficiaries who are collaborating with an accredited private
        company active in R&D in Luxembourg. In order to be eligible as an “accredited” private firm,
        companies need to have an accreditation („agrément‟) by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (for
        details about the accreditation, see above section „Eligible Host Institutions‟).

       The financial incentive is paid only under the condition that a real collaboration with the
        accredited private firm in Luxembourg takes place, i.e. the candidate carries out a certain part or
        the entirety of his/her research project in the private company and there is active involvement of
        the company-based (co-) supervisor in the research project.

       Conversely, if the accredited private firm directly hosts and employs the AFR grantee through a
        work contract, the FNR can pay the foreseen contribution (incl. the incentive) to the work
        contract directly to the firm only under the condition that a collaboration with a public sector
        research institution exists.

       The following are the requirements to obtain the supplement for a PPP (public-private
        partnership):
                o a private company has to collaborate in the project as Host Institution (HI) or as
                    collaborator
                o as HI, a contract is signed between the company and the beneficiary; obligation to
                    involve a public research institution
                o the company has to be in the possession of an accreditation by the Ministry of
                    Economic Affairs, certifying its R&D activities in Luxembourg.
                o a true collaboration has to be described for a given project:
                o a scientific/technological expert has to be the contact person of the beneficiary in the
                    company and will accompany the project actively over time
                o ideally the candidate should spend at least three months in the company
                o the contact person in the company should give an appreciation of the project with the
                    application form, mentioning the objectives of the project as seen from the
                    perspective of the private company and the contribution of the company to the project
                    and to the training/career development of the grantee


VI.     Ethical Issues and Data Protection

       Applicants should indicate whether the proposed research raises sensitive ethical questions such
        as research involving human beings, human biological samples, personal data, genetic
        information or animals. Research supported by an AFR grant must respect the fundamental
        ethical principles. Fundamental ethical principles which must be respected include those reflected
        in     the   Charter     of    Fundamental      Rights   of    the    European      Union     (see
        http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/default_en.htm. These principles include the need to
        ensure the freedom of research and the need to protect the physical and moral integrity of
        individuals and the welfare of animals.



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       If necessary the approval of the Comité National d‟Ethique de la Recherche (CNER) and/or the
        Comité National de la Protection des Données (CNPD) need to be sought prior to the launch of
        the project.


VII. Training plan

       The AFR programme strongly encourages to complement basic academic training with additional
        training targeting skills development to increase the employability and career prospects of
        researchers.

       The Postdoc applicant has to provide a detailed training plan for the full duration of the postdoc
        project.

       The plan should comprise any training activities planned specifically for postdoctoral researchers
        by the Host Institution. In addition, any scientific or methodological training should be indicated,
        such as attendance in renowned scientific conferences, participation in summerschools,
        methodological training courses, etc. The FNR Accompanying Measures support up to one
        scientific training measure per researcher per year (for details, see www.fnr.lu: AM2a: Active
        Participation in Scientific Conferences Abroad and AM2b: Training for Researchers, including
        summer schools).

       Moreover, applicants are strongly encouraged to improve their non scientific skills through
        appropriate training courses, such as project management, ethics, International Property Rights
        (IPR), soft skills such as communication, public speaking, grant writing, … The FNR
        Accompanying measures support up to one non scientific training measure per researcher per
        year (for details, see www.fnr.lu: AM2b: Training for Researchers).

       Training activities such as courses in the field of the promotion of scientific culture
        (communication of researchers with the public and other courses) as well as the practice of
        activities in collaboration with schools, the media, etc. should form part of any training
        programme of a PhD or postdoc researcher. These activities should also be included into the
        training plan in the application form.


VIII. Personal statement
       Postdoc applicants are evaluated on their personal statement regarding the benefit of their
        postdoctoral training for their personal career development.




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IX.     Type of grant requested

The AFR contribution to a work contract
       The AFR contribution should cover or contribute to the AFR beneficiary‟s salary costs which are:
                o the beneficiary‟s gross salary, composed by
                      net salary
                      social security (such as health, accident, pension insurance)
                      income tax
                o the employer‟s charges (social security and possibly other direct salary related
                     employer‟s costs)
       Any other costs, including registration or institution fees, equipment and consumables, overheads,
        non-wage compensations, travel costs etc. have to be covered by the host institution or the
        applicant.
       The AFR contribution to a work contract has to be calculated by the Host Institution‟s personnel
        department, on the basis of the indications and documents submitted by the applicant in view of
        the preparation of the work contract. Applicants should contact the Host Institution sufficiently in
        advance to receive the amounts that are required by the FNR in the application form.

       For AFR beneficiaries under a work contract, the FNR pays annually in advance to the host
        institution a contribution to the salary costs incurred.

       The AFR contribution should cover or contribute to the AFR beneficiary‟s salary costs which are:
              o the beneficiary‟s gross salary, composed by
                   net salary
                   social security (such as health, accident, pension insurance)
                   income tax
              o the employer‟s charges (social security and possibly other direct salary related
                  employer‟s costs)

       The annual salary costs depend on the number of salary-months paid per year. It is not necessarily
        based on 12 salary-months per calendar year. Certain countries apply 13 months as a rule. In
        Luxembourg, 13 salary-months are current practice, but certain institutions may pay 12 months,
        12.5 months or > 13 months.

       The maximum AFR contributions to work contracts are indicated hereafter. In case the AFR
        project fulfils the criteria for a public-private partnership (see section „Incentive for public-private
        partnerships‟), an incentive is paid as indicated.

                                                                      PhD                        Postdoc
        Max. AFR contribution (incl. employer’s
                                                                  35’492 €/yr                  50’360 €/yr
        charges)
        Supplements paid in case of a public-private
                                                                   3‟426 €/yr                   4‟591 €/yr
        partnership

       A topping up by the employer is possible up to a certain amount corresponding to the below
        indicated annual gross salaries (= not including employers‟ charges). Above these amounts, the
        project is not eligible any more:



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        Maximum gross salary eligible for AFR
                                                                   50‟017 €                   75‟026 €
        support
        Max. gross salary eligible for AFR support,
                                                                   53‟991 €                   80‟028 €
        in case of a public-private partnership

       Based on the above figures, the gross salary paid to the AFR grantees in Luxembourg (without
        PPP) corresponds to approx. 44.000 €/year or 3.400 €/month for postdoc grantees.

       For AFR beneficiaries working in foreign countries under a work contract, the employer‟s
        charges/social security contributions may be different, leading to a higher/ lower gross salary
        (grantees should clarify in advance with their host institution what will be their gross salary).

       For host institutions that pay salaries below the amounts indicated (for example in the case of a
        fixed public salary scale), the AFR contribution will be adapted accordingly.

       For host institutions that pay salaries above the amount indicated, the AFR contribution will not
        be increased.

The AFR contribution as fellowship
       Fellowships (without work contract) are paid directly to the grantee through monthly instalments.

       The maximum annual AFR fellowship contribution is indicated hereafter. In case the AFR project
        fulfils the criteria for a public-private partnership (see section „Incentive for public-private
        partnerships‟), an incentive is paid as indicated.

                                                                  PhD                     Postdoc
    Max. AFR contribution (fellowship)
                                                             18’000 €/yr                25’200 €/yr
    Supplements paid in case of a public-private
                                                              1‟200 €/yr                 1‟800 €/yr
    partnership

       A topping up of the fellowship is possible (for example in the case of an additional grant) up to a
        threshold indicated in the table below. If the sum of the AFR grant and another fellowship
        exceeds the indicated thresholds, the AFR contribution will be reduced accordingly:

                                                                  PhD                     Postdoc
    Maximum gross salary eligible for AFR
                                                              25‟200 €/yr               36‟000 €/yr
    support
    Max. gross salary eligible for AFR support,
                                                              26‟400 €/yr               37‟800 €/yr
    in case of a public-private partnership

       The maximum AFR contribution (without PPP) amounts to 2.100 €/month for postdocs.


Health and Accident Insurance
       It is mandatory that AFR beneficiaries have a valid health and accident insurance for the full
        duration of their grant. In the case of a fellowship without a work contract, the FNR will require a



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        certificate indicating that the beneficiary will be co-insured through a family insurance or other.
        Alternatively, a certificate of a specifically contracted insurance will be required.
       Beneficiaries who are not covered by a health and accident (H&A) insurance (i.e. by parental or
        spouse‟s insurance) and must contract an insurance are eligible for a partial or full reimbursement
        (up to 300 EUR/month) of the insurance costs by the FNR. The beneficiary has to submit a
        certificate delivered by the contracted insurance company, indicating the name of the beneficiary,
        the start and end date of the insurance, the insurance sum and conditions, and the costs of the
        insurance.

Other Income
       Applicants have to inform the FNR immediately of any change of their other income or if a
        decision is made on funding of their application by any other institution or if they apply for a
        fellowship from another institution after having submitted their application to the FNR.

       Applicants must indicate any other sources of funding during the grant period.



X. Applicant’s and Host Institution’s Joint Declaration

The HI legal representative
       The HI Joint Declaration must be signed by the legal representative of the host institution. In case
        of a fellowship (without work contract), the declaration may be signed by the administrative or
        scientific responsible of the institution authorized to decide upon the acceptance of research
        fellows by the institution. The position/function of the signing responsible in the host institution
        has to be indicated and the official stamp of the HI must be put on the declaration.

AFR Terms and Conditions
       The AFR Terms and Conditions form the legal basis of AFR projects and clarify the roles and
        responsibilities of the applicants, the host institutions as well as the main scientific contact and
        any active partner in the project.
       A copy of the AFR Terms and Conditions is available with the application documents.
       Participants in the project declare that they have read and agree with the AFR terms and
        conditions.

The European Charter and the Code of Conduct
       The principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the
        recruitment of researchers form the basis for collaboration between the applicants, the host
        institutions, the scientific collaborators and the FNR in the framework of AFR projects.
       The FNR signed the Charter on 18th August 2008. In the framework of the AFR projects, any
        conflict with the principles of the Charter or Code should be indicated to the FNR who will
        address within a reasonable timeframe any problem that is raised.
       A copy of the principles of the Charter and Code is available with the application documents.




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APPENDICES
       The letters of support by the responsible scientist and the PhD supervisor should be sent
        separately to the FNR before the elapse of the deadline, by email or postal mail as confidential
        documents. Please use the template provided on the website www.fnr.lu.
       Concerning Appendix IV, the documents indicated in chapter IV „Interest of the research project
        in the Luxembourg R&D setting‟, section „personal link with Luxembourg‟ have to be added.
       The AFR checklist, listing all the different elements and information to be provided in the AFR
        application, needs to be downloaded from the FNR website and completed by the applicant. The
        completed checklist must be submitted together with the paper version of the application form. If
        required documents or information are missing without proper justification, the application is not
        eligible.




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    Annex 1 to the Guidelines for Applicants – AFR postdoc grants

 Research domains according to ERC (European Research Council)


        Level 1 – Main Research Domain
Choose your main research domain from the 25 research fields listed below.

SH      Social Sciences and Humanities
SH1     Individuals, institutions and markets
SH2     Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour
SH3     Environment and society
SH4     The Human Mind and its complexity
SH5     Cultures and cultural production
SH6     The study of the human past

PE-     Mathematics, physical sciences, information and communication, engineering, universe and
earth sciences
PE1 Mathematical foundations
PE2 Fundamental constituents of matter
PE3 Condensed matter physics
PE4 Physical and Analytical Chemical sciences
PE5 Materials and Synthesis
PE6 Computer science and informatics
PE7 Systems and communication engineering
PE8 Products and process engineering
PE9 Universe sciences
PE10 Earth system science

LS-     Life Sciences
LS1     Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry
LS2     Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
LS3     Cellular and Developmental Biology
LS4     Physiology, Pathophysiology and Endocrinology
LS5     Neurosciences and neural disorders
LS6     Immunity and infection
LS7     Diagnostic tools, therapies and public health
LS8      Evolutionary, population and environmental biology
LS9     Applied life sciences and biotechnology




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          Level 2 – Research Subdomains
Depending on the main research domain chosen at Level 1, select one or more specialized fields from the
corresponding list of subdomains.

SH1 Individuals, institutions and markets
SH1_1 Macroeconomics, growth, business cycles
SH1_2 Microeconomics, institutional economics
SH1_3 Econometrics, statistical methods
SH1_4 Financial markets, banking and corporate finance
SH1_5 Competitiveness, innovation, research and development
SH1_6 Consumer choice, behavioural economics, marketing
SH1_7 Organization studies, strategy
SH1_8 Human resource management, employment and earnings
SH1_9 Public administration, public economics
SH1_10 Income distribution, poverty
SH1_11 International trade, economic geography
SH1_12 Economic history, development

SH2 Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour
SH2_1 Social structure, inequalities, social mobility
SH2_2 Ageing, work, social policies
SH2_3 Kinship, cultural dimensions of classification and cognition, individual and social identity, gender
SH2_4 Myth, ritual, symbolic representations, religious studies
SH2_5 Ethnography
SH2_6 Globalization, migration, interethnic relations
SH2_7 Transformation of societies, democratization, social movements
SH2_8 Political systems, legitimacy of governance
SH2_9 Legal systems, constitutions, foundations of law
SH2_10 Private, public and social law
SH2_11 Global and transnational governance, international law, human rights
SH2_12 Communication networks, media, information society
SH2_13 Social studies of science and technology, S&T policies, science and society
SH2_14 History of science and technology

SH3 Environment and society
SH3_1 Environment and sustainability
SH3_2 Environmental regulation and mediation
SH3_3 Social and industrial ecology
SH3_4 Geographical information systems, cartography
SH3_5 Human and social geography
SH3_6 Spatial and regional planning


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SH3_7 Population dynamics
SH3_8 Urbanization and urban planning, cities
SH3_9 Mobility and transportation

SH4 The Human Mind and its complexity
SH4_1 Evolution of mind and cognitive functions, animal communication
SH4_2 Human life-span development
SH4_3 Neuropsychology and cognitive psychology
SH4_4 Clinical and experimental psychology,
SH4_5 Formal, cognitive, functional and computational linguistics
SH4_6 Typological, historical and comparative linguistics
SH4_7 Acquisition and knowledge of language: psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics
SH4_8 Use of language: pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis
SH4_9 second language teaching and learning, language pathologies, lexicography, terminology
SH4_10 Philosophy, history of philosophy
SH4_11 Epistemology, logic, philosophy of science
SH4_12 Ethics and morality, bioethics
SH4_13 Education: principles, techniques, typologies

SH5 Cultures and cultural production
SH5_1 Classics
SH5_2 History of literature
SH5_3 Literary theory and comparative literature, literary styles
SH5_4 Textual philology and palaeography
SH5_5 Visual arts
SH5_6 Performing arts
SH5_7 Museums and exhibitions
SH5_8 Numismatics, epigraphy
SH5_9 Music and musicology, history of music
SH5_10 History of art and architecture
SH5_11 Cultural studies, cultural diversity
SH5_12 Cultural memory, intangible cultural heritage

SH6 The study of the human past
SH6_1 Archaeology, archaeometry, landscape archaeology
SH6_2 Prehistory and protohistory
SH6_3 Ancient history, ancient cultures
SH6_4 Medieval history
SH6_5 Modern and contemporary history
SH6_6 Colonial history, entangled histories, global history
SH6_7 Military history,
SH6_8 Historiography, theory and methods of history
SH6_9 History of ideas, intellectual history



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SH6_10 Social, economic, cultural and political history
SH6_11Collective memories, identities, lieux de mémoire, oral history
SH6_12 Cultural heritage

PE1 Mathematical foundations
PE1_1 Logic and foundations
PE1_2 Algebra
PE1_3 Number theory
PE1_4 Algebraic and complex geometry
PE1_5 Geometry
PE1_6 Topology
PE1_7 Lie groups, Lie algebras
PE1_8 Analysis
PE1_9 Operator algebras and functional analysis
PE1_10 ODE and dynamical systems
PE1_11 Partial differential equations
PE1_12 Mathematical physics
PE1_13 Probability and statistics
PE1_14 Combinatorics
PE1_15 Mathematical aspects of computer science
PE1_16 Numerical analysis and scientific computing
PE1_17 Control theory and optimization
PE1_18 Application of mathematics in sciences

PE2 Fundamental constituents of matter
PE2_1 Fundamental interactions and fields
PE2_2 Particle physics
PE2_3 Nuclear physics
PE2_4 Nuclear astrophysics
PE2_5 Gas and plasma physics
PE2_6 Electromagnetism
PE2_7 Atomic, molecular physics
PE2_8 Optics and quantum optics
PE2_9 Lasers and laser physics
PE2_10 Acoustics
PE2_11 Relativity
PE2_12 Classical physics
PE2_13 Thermodynamics
PE2_14 Non-linear physics
PE2_15 General physics
PE2_16 Metrology and measurement
PE2_17 Statistical physics (gases)




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PE3 Condensed matter physics
PE3_1 Structure of solids and liquids
PE3_2 Mechanical and acoustical properties of condensed matter
PE3_3 Thermal properties of condensed matter
PE3_4 Transport properties of condensed matter,
PE3_5 Electronic properties of materials and transport
PE3_6 Lattice dynamics
PE3_7 Semiconductors
PE3_8 Superconductivity
PE3_9 Superfluids
PE3_10 Spintronics
PE3_11 Magnetism
PE3_12 Nanophysics: nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanomagnetism
PE3_13 Mesoscopic physics
PE3_14 Molecular electronics
PE3_15 Soft condensed matter (liquid crystals…)
PE3_16 Fluid dynamics (physics)
PE3_17 Statistical physics (condensed matter)
PE3_18 Phase transitions, phase equilibria
PE3_19 Biophysics

PE4 Physical and Analytical Chemical sciences
PE4_1 Physical chemistry
PE4_2 Nanochemistry
PE4_3 Spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques
PE4_4 Molecular architecture and Structure
PE4_5 Surface science
PE4_6 Analytical chemistry
PE4_7 Chemical physics
PE4_8 Chemical instrumentation
PE4_9 Electrochemistry, electrodialysis, microfluidics
PE4_10 Combinatorial chemistry
PE4_11 Method development in chemistry
PE4_12 Catalysis
PE4_13 Physical chemistry of biological systems
PE4_14 Chemical reactions: mechanisms, dynamics, kinetics and catalytic reactions
PE4_15 Theoretical and computational chemistry
PE4_16 Radiation chemistry
PE4_17 Nuclear chemistry
PE4_18 Photochemistry

PE5 Materials and Synthesis
PE5_1 Structural properties of materials



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PE5_2 Solid state materials
PE5_3 Surface modification
PE5_4 Thin films
PE5_5 Corrosion
PE5_6 Porous materials
PE5_7 Ionic liquids
PE5_8 New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, superconductors
PE5_9 Materials for sensors
PE5_10 Nanomaterials : nanoparticles, nanotubes
PE5_11 Biomaterials synthesis
PE5_12 Intelligent materials – self assembled materials
PE5_13 Environment chemistry
PE5_14 Coordination chemistry
PE5_15 Colloid chemistry
PE5_16 Biological chemistry
PE5_17 Chemistry of condensed matter
PE5_18 Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
PE5_19 Characterization methods of materials
PE5_20 Macromolecular chemistry,
PE5_21 Polymer chemistry
PE5_22 Supramolecular chemistry
PE5_23 Organic chemistry
PE5_24 Molecular chemistry

PE6 Computer science and informatics
PE6_1 Computer architecture
PE6_2 Database management
PE6_3 Formal methods
PE6_4 Graphics and image processing
PE6_5 Human computer interaction and interface
PE6_6 Informatics and information systems
PE6_7 Theoretical computer science including quantum information
PE6_8 Intelligent systems
PE6_9 Scientific computing
PE6_10 Modelling tools
PE6_11 Multimedia
PE6_12 Parallel and Distributed Computing
PE6_13 Speech recognition
PE6_14 Systems and software

PE7 Systems and communication engineering
PE7_1 Control engineering
PE7_2 Electrical and electronic engineering: semiconductors, components, systems



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PE7_4     Simulation engineering and modelling
PE7_5     Systems engineering, sensorics, actorics, automation
PE7_6     Micro- and nanoelectronics, optoelectronics
PE7_7     Communication technology, high-frequency technology
PE7_8     Signal processing
PE7_9     Networks
PE7_10    Man-machine-interfaces
PE7_11    Robotics

PE8 Products and process engineering
PE8_1 Aerospace engineering
PE8_2 Chemical engineering, technical chemistry
PE8_3 Civil engineering, maritime/hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, waste treatment
PE8_4 Computational engineering
PE8_5 Fluid mechanics, hydraulic-, turbo-, and piston engines
PE8_6 Energy systems (production, distribution, application)
PE8_7 Micro(system) engineering,
PE8_8 Mechanical and manufacturing engineering (shaping, mounting, joining, separation)
PE8_9 Materials engineering (biomaterials, metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, …)
PE8_10 Production technology, process engineering
PE8_11 Product design, ergonomics, man-machine interfaces
PE8_12 Lightweight construction, textile technology
PE8_13 Industrial bioengineering
PE8_14 Industrial biofuel production

PE9 Universe sciences
PE9_1 Solar and interplanetary physics
PE9_2 Planetary systems sciences
PE9_3 Interstellar medium
PE9_4 Formation of stars and planets
PE9_5 Astrobiology
PE9_6 Stars and stellar systems
PE9_7 The Galaxy
PE9_8 Formation and evolution of galaxies
PE9_9 Clusters of galaxies and large scale structures
PE9_10 High energy and particles astronomy – X-rays, cosmic rays, gamma rays, neutrinos
PE9_11 Relativistic astrophysics
PE9_12 Dark matter, dark energy
PE9_13 Gravitational astronomy
PE9_14 Cosmology
PE9_15 Space Sciences
PE9_16 Very large data bases: archiving, handling and analysis
PE9_17 Instrumentation - telescopes, detectors and techniques



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PE9_18 Solar planetology

PE10 Earth system science
PE10_1 Atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric composition, air pollution
PE10_2 Meteorology, atmospheric physics and dynamics
PE10_3 Climatology and climate change
PE10_4 Terrestrial ecology, land cover change,
PE10_5 Geology, tectonics, volcanology,
PE10_6 Paleoclimatology, paleoecology
PE10_7 Physics of earth's interior, seismology, volcanology
PE10_8 Oceanography (physical, chemical, biological)
PE10_9 Biogeochemistry, biogeochemical cycles, environmental chemistry
PE10_10 Mineralogy, petrology, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology
PE10_11 Geochemistry, crystal chemistry, isotope geochemistry, thermodynamics,
PE10_13 Sedimentology, soil science, palaeontology, earth evolution
PE10_14 Physical geography
PE10_15 Earth observations from space/remote sensing
PE10_16 Geomagnetism, paleomagnetism
PE10_17 Ozone, upper atmosphere, ionosphere
PE10_18 Hydrology, water and soil pollution

LS1 Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry
LS1_1 Molecular biology and interactions
LS1_2 General biochemistry and metabolism
LS1_3 DNA biosynthesis, modification, repair and degradation
LS1_4 RNA synthesis, processing, modification and degradation
LS1_5 Protein synthesis, modification and turnover
LS1_6 Biophysics
LS1_7 Structural biology (crystallography, NMR, EM)
LS1_8 Biochemistry of signal transduction

LS2 Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
LS2_1 Genomics, comparative genomics, functional genomics
LS2_2 Transcriptomics
LS2_3 Proteomics
LS2_4 Metabolomics
LS2_5 Glycomics
LS2_6 Molecular genetics, reverse genetics and RNAi
LS2_7 Quantitative genetics
LS2_8 Epigenetics and gene regulation
LS2_9 Genetic epidemiology
LS2_10 Bioinformatics
LS2_11 Computational biology



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LS2_12 Biostatistics
LS2_13 Systems biology
LS2_14 Biological systems analysis, modelling and simulation

LS3 Cellular and Developmental Biology
LS3_1 Morphology and functional imaging of cells
LS3_2 Cell biology and molecular transport mechanisms
LS3_3 Cell cycle and division
LS3_4 Apoptosis
LS3_5 Cell differentiation, physiology and dynamics
LS3_6 Organelle biology
LS3_7 Cell signalling and cellular interactions
LS3_8 Signal transduction
LS3_9 Development, developmental genetics, pattern formation and embryology in animals
LS3_10 Development, developmental genetics, pattern formation and embryology in plants
LS3_11 Cell genetics
LS3_12 Stem cell biology

LS4 Physiology, Pathophysiology and Endocrinology
LS4_1 Organ physiology
LS4_2 Comparative physiology
LS4_3 Endocrinology
LS4_4 Ageing
LS4_5 Metabolism, biological basis of metabolism related disorders
LS4_6 Cancer and its biological basis
LS4_7 Cardiovascular diseases
LS4_8 Non-communicable diseases (except for neural/psychiatric, immunity-related, metabolism-related
disorders, cancer and cardiovascular diseases)

LS5 Neurosciences and neural disorders
LS5_1 Neuroanatomy and neurosurgery
LS5_2 Neurophysiology
LS5_3 Neurochemistry and neuropharmacology
LS5_4 Sensory systems (e.g. visual system, auditory system)
LS5_5 Mechanisms of pain
LS5_6 Developmental neurobiology
LS5_7 Cognition (e.g. learning, memory, emotions, speech)
LS5_8 Behavioral neuroscience (e.g. sleep, consciousness, handedness)
LS5_9 Systems neuroscience
LS5_10 Neuroimaging and computational neuroscience
LS5_11 Neurological disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease)
LS5_12 Psychiatric disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, autism, Tourette's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)



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LS6 Immunity and infection
LS6_1 Innate immunity
LS6_2 Adaptive immunity
LS6_3 Phagocytosis and cellular immunity
LS6_4 Immunosignalling
LS6_5 Immunological memory and tolerance
LS6_6 Immunogenetics
LS6_7 Microbiology
LS6_8 Virology
LS6_9 Bacteriology
LS6_10 Parasitology
LS6_11 Prevention and treatment of infection by pathogens (e.g. vaccination, antibiotics, fungicide)
LS6_12 Biological basis of immunity related disorders
LS6_13 Veterinary medicine

LS7 Diagnostic tools, therapies and public health
LS7_1 Medical engineering and technology
LS7_2 Diagnostic tools (e.g. genetic, imaging)
LS7_3 Pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, drug discovery and design, drug therapy
LS7_4 Analgesia
LS7_5 Toxicology
LS7_6 Gene therapy, stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine
LS7_7 Surgery
LS7_8 Radiation therapy
LS7_9 Health services, health care research
LS7_10 Public health and epidemiology
LS7_11 Environment and health risks including radiation
LS7_12 Occupational medicine
LS7_13 Medical ethics

LS8 Evolutionary, population and environmental biology
LS8_1 Ecology (theoretical, community, population, microbial, evolutionary ecology)
LS8_2 Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics, plant-animal
nteractions)
LS8_3 Systems eEvolution, biological adaptation, phylogenetics, systematics
LS8_4 Biodiversity, comparative biology
LS8_5 Conservation biology, ecology, genetics
LS8_6 Biogeography
LS8_7 Animal behaviour (behavioural ecology, animal communication)
LS8_8 Environmental and marine biology
LS8_9 Environmental toxicology
LS8_10 Prokaryotic biology



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LS8_11 Symbiosis

LS9 Applied life sciences and biotechnology
LS9_1 Genetic engineering, transgenic organisms, recombinant proteins, biosensors
LS9_2 Synthetic biology and new bio-engineering concepts
LS9_3 Agriculture related to animal husbandry, dairying, livestock raising
LS9_4 Aquaculture, fisheries
LS9_5 Agriculture related to crop production, soil biology and cultivation, applied plant biology)
LS9_6 Food sciences
LS9_7 Forestry, biomass production (e.g. for biofuels)
LS9_8 Environmental biotechnology, bioremediation, biodegradation
LS9_9 Biotechnology, bioreactors, applied microbiology
LS9_10 Biomimetics
LS9_11 Biohazards, biological containment, biosafety, biosecurity




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