Excellence Initiative

 

 

The IDUB Program is specifically focused on two areas: research and international collaboration. Here are selected objectives in these two areas.

I. Specific Objectives: Research

Radical Increase in the Internationalization of Research: developing and implementing internal competition procedures that will adopt measurable internationalization the key metric of all research activity. This clearly indicates a shift away from systemic support for local research which has no impact on global science and yields no publications in prestigious journals or with major publishers. Funding will be allocated based on transparent procedures driven by unambiguous research internationalization metrics (affiliation of the partner, prestige of the journal and publisher, potential of further international collaboration), prior output of the applicant, and internationalization of their research results (competition-based potential verification).

Strict Prioritization of Financial Support: developing and implementing internal competition procedures under which funding will be limited to the most promising researchers, research teams, and international research initiatives. Competition-based recipient selection will substantially increase the University’s and individual POBs’ chance of grant- and/or publication-related success (priority will be given to publications in top 1 and 10 journal percentiles). The success potential of individual researchers, teams, and international initiatives will be evaluated based on peer review of scientific achievements from the last five years, supplemented with detailed bibliometric data, and a peer review of secured grants (the evaluation will differ depending on researcher category and discipline).

More international Project Coordinators: developing and implementing internal competition procedures pertaining to providing consistent support (organizational and financial) to researchers from individual POBs coordinating international research projects financed from domestic and European funds. Strong support will be provided primarily to applications for prestigious national grants, from the National Science Centre and the Foundation for Polish Science, and international grants.

More High Impact Publications: to develop and implement internal competition procedures pertaining to providing consistent support to efforts to publications in the most prestigious international journals at every stage of their preparation, including technical (data analysis and visualization) and linguistic support (proofreading).

Higher Share of Top Publications: developing and implementing internal competition procedures pertaining to increasing the share of publications in prestigious journals and with major publishers in the total output produced by UAM and individual POBs. At the same time, financial support for non-indexed publications and their role in the internal academic advancement and recruitment procedures will be reduced.

More Prestigious Research Awards: developing and implementing internal procedures promoting top researchers aspiring to prestigious research awards.

More ERC Grants: developing and implementing an internal system of content-related, organizational, and financial support for researchers, especially junior personnel, to help them apply for ERC grants.

More Large Grants: developing and implementing internal procedures supporting the staff in applying for large national and international research grants, including Dioscuri, Marie Curie Chairs, International Research Agendas at the Foundation for Polish Science, Team FNP, Maestro NCN, etc. Research teams securing substantial research funds (>EUR 1M) within individual POBs will be particularly favored.

II. Specific objectives: International Collaboration

Selectivity in International Research Partnerships: developing and implementing internal procedures pertaining to increasing the number of research-intensive partnerships, especially in terms of co-funding research. Support will be provided to research teams cooperating with globally renowned international partners. Partnerships with a few select prestigious institutions will be promoted—Strategic Research Alliances at the POB level and Strategic Research Alliances at the university level (a select group of leading European universities).

New Internationalized UAM Doctoral School: developing and implementing internal procedures to support the internationalization of education at the UAM Doctoral School. Supporting doctoral student involvement in international collaborations, with particular focus on identified international strategic alliances. Exploiting international collaborations for the purpose attracting renowned foreign teaching talent to train doctoral students.

Top Academic Minds and Research Talent Management: developing and implementing internal procedures to more effectively attract top young researchers from Poland and abroad for short-term initiatives. Providing systemic support to efforts to hire top researchers for individual POBs and for the university in general (identifying talent at every stage of their research career, developing a competitive support system for researchers showing top research performance metrics).

Faculty Internationalisation: International Postdocs at UAM: developing and implementing internal procedures for a system of funding postdoc positions (for a period of up to 12 months, with competitive salaries, especially considering the relatively low costs of living in Poland). Providing effective support for “international postdocs”—UAM Excellence Postdoctoral Researchers program.

Faculty Internationalisation: International Junior Exchange: developing and implementing internal procedures for funding short-term stays (from a week to a month) for junior staff at prestigious foreign universities, with attendant recruitment procedures for candidate selection.

Faculty Internationalisation: International Professors at UAM: developing and implementing internal procedures for funding short-term stays (from 1 week to 1 month) at UAM for foreign researchers, including prominent scholars of Polish descent, from prestigious research institutions. Developing financial incentives, along with a system of logistical and administrative support, to attract leading foreign scholars to long-term research work at the University—UAM Excellence Visiting Professors program.

Faculty Internationalisation: International Senior Exchange: developing and implementing internal procedures for funding short-term stays (from a week to a month) for senior staff at prestigious foreign universities, with attendant recruitment procedures for candidate selection.

International Conferences at UAM: developing and implementing an internal grant system to support efforts to organize international conferences, seminars, and workshops within individual POBs, especially those related to drafting joint grant applications and international publications.

International Conferences Abroad: developing and implementing an internal grant system to support and encourage the participation (papers, abstracts, posters) of researchers, research-teaching staff, and doctoral students in prestigious international conferences, with an emphasis on established, annual events. The events’ prestige metrics will have a decisive impact on selecting grant recipients.

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