The Academy of Romanian Scientists’ research project competition for young researchers “AOSR-TEAMS” edition 2022-2023

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I. PURPOSE OF THE COMPETITION
The competition stimulates the participation of young people in research in topical areas of science and technology.

The main objective is to increase the international scientific visibility of young researchers by stimulating the publication of original scientific results in journals of wide international circulation with significant impact factors, and to
the filing of patents attesting the associated technological procedures. Another objective is to establish scientific collaboration links between young researchers and members of the Academy of Romanian Scientists (AOȘR).

II. COMPOSITION OF THE RESEARCH TEAM
The research team will be composed of research scientists or research assistants, as well as university teachers, doctoral candidates or persons holding a doctoral degree, up to 35 years of age. The team leader, having a doctorate, may be up to 45 years old. The team includes the Director and at least one member. Each approved paper will be monitored by an AOSR member, who will not be remunerated for this work.

III. PROJECT DURATION AND CONTRACTING
The duration of the project is a maximum of 20 months from the date of signature of the contract. The contract will be made on the basis of copyright assignment to the AOȘR. Project members will mention on articles published based on the results
obtained and additional affiliation: “Academy of Romanian Scientists, Ilfov 3, 050044 Bucharest, Romania”

IV. PROJECT BUDGET
The budget allocated/project is a maximum of 60 000 lei, divided equally between the two years. At the end of the competition period (December 2023) the three most valuable entries will be awarded an additional prize of 10 000 lei.

V. STRUCTURE OF THE PROJECT PROPOSAL
The project proposal will have the following structure, divided into two files:

V.A file
A.1. Project Manager

Signed curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages), indicating previous projects led
Contact email address and phone number
Link to personal page (optional)
Link to Google Scholar papers/credits page http://scholar.google.ro/citations

A.2. Research team
List containing, for each participant:
Name, Date of birth, Professional rank, Job, Link to personal page or Curriculum Vitae, Link to Google Scholar works/credentials page.

VB file

B.1. Project proposal (max. 10 pages in Romanian)
1. Title, indicating the scientific field from the list in Section VI
2. Keywords
3. Objectives, indicating their importance
4. Methodology, indicating the degree of originality
5. Estimated intermediate/final results with indication of timetable of activities
6. Articles expected to be produced with an indication of the minimum impact factor of the journal where they will be published
7. Bibliography
8. Amount requested (do not specify types of expenditure).

B.2. Title and abstract in English (max. 10 lines)

VI. SCIENTIFIC AREAS PROPOSED FOR COMPETITION
1. Climate change
2. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
3. Renewable energy sources
4. Ensuring Romania’s energy independence
5. Investigating the impact of environmental pollution on population health
6. Circular economy
7. Bio and nano materials/technologies for industry and medicine
8. Techniques and implications of genetic engineering
9. Complex investigation of biosystems
10. Innovative techniques for mathematical modelling of physical and socio-economic systems
11. Phenomenological and microscopic investigation of atomic and nuclear structures
12. Nuclear technologies and methods in the sustainable development of society
13. Investigation and communication techniques using mechanical and optical holography
14. Quantum information processing technologies
15. Advanced telecommunications systems
16. Seismic risk analysis in Romania
17. Expert and artificial intelligence systems
18. Spoken language simulation techniques
19. Technologies for e-skin
20. Image processing using fractal analysis
21. Computer techniques in bioengineering and medicine
22. Analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic phenomenon
23. Monitoring the sequelae of acute post-infection with SARS-CoV 2
24. Prophylaxis of recurrent medical conditions
25. Digital development of society
26. Agriculture in the digital age and the food of the future
27. New paradigms of education in the technological age
28. Emerging and disruptive technologies – their effect on global security
29. Towards a new global and regional security paradigm
30. Inter- and trans-disciplinary models in the socio-human sciences
31. Interdisciplinary research on the dynamics of economic systems
32. Historical research – a source of solutions to contemporary problems
33. Legal challenges posed by the digital age

VII. EVALUATION PROCESS
Projects will be evaluated by teams of two evaluators, usually one from the country and one from abroad. The evaluators will be selected among members of the AOȘR, members of other academies, academics, researchers from the country and abroad, with recognized scientific merits. Evaluators cannot have projects in competition. Evaluators will be selected and validated by the Scientific Council of the AOȘR. The allocation of evaluation teams per project is done through a computerised procedure.
The project proposal can accumulate after evaluation max. 100 points If the individual evaluations of a project differ by more than 15 points, the project will be re-evaluated in a panel with the participation of the evaluators and a member of the AOSR Scientific Council, appointed by the AOSR President. The final score will be determined after the panel discussion. The total number of projects accepted will be about 25, with the aim of covering as many of the competition areas as possible. No more than two projects will be accepted for funding in any one area.

Evaluation criteria

A.1. The director’s experience in the field, established on the basis of projects led and international scientific visibility, based on published works in the field and citations (max. 30 points)
A.2. International scientific visibility of team members (max. 20 points)
B.1. Fulfillment of the research areas set for the competition (eliminatory)
B.2. Timeliness and importance of the project theme (max. 10 points)
B.3. Originality of proposed solutions (max. 10 points)
B.4. Clear definition of research objectives, methodology and work plan
leading to its achievement (max. 25 points)
B.5. Staging of research activities (max. 5 points)

Proposal disqualification criteria
C.1. Non-compliance with the scientific fields of Section VI
C.2. Failure to meet the age criteria
C.3. Google Scholar pages will not contain the work of others with the same name.
Identification of such work leads to disqualification of the proposal.

VIII. SUBMISSION OF THE PROJECT PROPOSAL
The V.A file signed by the project manager and the V.B file, both in pdf format, will be sent by email to: secretariat.aosr@gmail.com, and their receipt will be confirmed by an entry number sent to the email address of
sender. Any appeals will be sent to the same address. Questions about the competition can be sent to: delion@theory.nipne.ro

IX. COMPETITION CALENDAR
2022

20.01 – Publication of the competition on the website of the institution staging.aosr.ro
21.01-20.02 – Submission of project proposals
21.02-20.03 – Analysis of proposals and posting of competition results
21-23.03 – Submission of appeals
24-31.03 – Examination of appeals and publication of final results
01-10.04 – Contracting of projects accepted for funding
11.04-31.12 – Research activity
01.01-04.12 – Research activity

2023
05-15.12 – Evaluation of final research reports and papers/patents submitted for publication.

X. FINAL REMARKS
For the purposes of the rhythm funding, signed interim reports in pdf format (max. 10 pages) will be sent by email on 30 July, 5 December 2022, 30 June 2023 and the final report on 4 December 2023 on the basis of which the reception committee decides on the payment of the respective phases. Payments will be made in four instalments and the Project Manager will report on how the money will be spent.

The December reports will contain manuscripts of papers submitted for publication and editorial acknowledgements, as well as patent proposals. The final report will mention at least two papers based on the results of the project published in journals listed in the Web of Science database with mention of affiliation to the AOȘR.

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