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4. February 2013 10:30

Research Networking Programme EURAPMON - Call for grants

EURAPMON Research Networking Programme "Research and Monitoring for and with Raptors in Europe" seeks to strengthen links between people and institutions in Europe that are conducting monitoring for raptors (monitoring raptor populations and trends) and with raptors (using raptors to monitor contaminants and other environmental pressures).

The objectives of EURAPMON are:

(1) to establish a sustainable and resource-efficient Europe-wide network for monitoring for and with raptors, linked to international networks;

(2) to establish consensus on Europe-wide priorities for monitoring for and with raptors, based on comprehensive inventory of existing monitoring, and of needs of key users (policy makers, risk assessors, environmental managers);

(3) to spread best practices and build capacities in Europe for harmonized monitoring for and with raptors;

(4) to build a web-based database, populated with interoperable data on European raptor population trends and (contaminant and other) pressures on raptors in Europe, and to produce European- and EU- scale analytical outputs which meet priority needs of users.


This Exchange Visit Grant is offered for pulling together information and a background report on good/best practice for monitoring contaminants with raptors. This information and report will be used as preparatory materials for the “Workshop on Best Practice” (to be organised by EURAPMON) scheduled for late May 2013.

The tasks for the applicants will include:

  • Definition, together with a supervisory group, of the scope of the review of good/best practice.
  • Collation of relevant papers and other information about best practice in monitoring with raptors.
  • Drafting of key scientific information and identification of key discussion issues in preparation for the workshop.
  • Preparation of draft manuscript on outcome of workshop.


The following eligibility conditions apply to this exchange visit grant:

  • The grant is directed at a researcher with at least four years of qualifying research experience in monitoring with raptors and/or wild birds.
  • Preference will be given to a researcher coming from and/or going to a EURAPMON funding country.
  • Preference will be given to a researcher visiting an institution that has recognised excellence in research and monitoring with raptors.
  • The grant is for support of a stay in a country other than the country of origin.



Applications must be submitted by completing the online application form on the ESF website, click here.

The form requires the following information to be provided: title of proposed project; starting date; length of stay; estimated travel cost; applicant’s personal data; host information.

A single document must also be uploaded with the following information:

  • Aim of the visit and description of proposed work, including a clear statement on the added value to networking generated by the proposed activity (ca. 1000 words)
  • Applicant’s CV (two A4 pages)
  • List of four recent publications
  • A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the applicant’s work
  • A letter of acceptance from the host institution



The application deadline for the 2013 exchange visit grant is 20 February 2013.

Proposals will be evaluated by 28 February 2013. The anticipated start date for the exchange visit will be mid or late March 2013. The stay should be for a period of approximately 4 months, and should be concluded by late July 2013 (the writing workshop is scheduled for late May 2013).


Applications will be evaluated by a sub-group of the EURAPMON Steering Committee in collaboration with the European Science Foundation, according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the aim and proposed work to the above-stated purpose of the grants
  • Scientific quality of the proposed work
  • Benefit to the researcher



The exchange visit grant is reimbursed on the basis of an allowance of 1600 EUR per month, 400 EUR per week, 57 EUR per day plus actual travel expenses up to a maximum of 500 EUR. The grant does not cover health insurance, taxes or retirement scheme options.

Following award of the grant, and upon receipt of the acceptance form from the applicant, the ESF makes an advance payment (normally 80% of the allocated grant). The final payment will be made upon receipt and acceptance of a satisfactory scientific report, signed host statement form(s) and original travel tickets. In the case of cancellation or unreasonable delay (3 months or more), all advances must be returned to ESF. If the length of stay is shorter than the foreseen period, the grant will be adjusted accordingly and the grantee will be required to return to ESF any resulting balance.


The scientific report of the grantee shall be submitted online within one month of the end of the visit. It will be subject to the approval of the relevant EURAPMON Steering Committee sub-group before payment is made.

The Scientific Report should contain the following information:

  • Aim of the visit
  • Description of work carried out during the visit
  • Description of main results/outputs
  • Future collaboration with host institute (if any)
  • Projected publications/articles or web-based materials resulting from or to result from the visit
  • Other comments (if any)

Grantees are required to acknowledge the support of ESF EURAPMON programme in any publications arising from their visits.

The contents of reports will be considered as being in the public domain and may be used, suitably acknowledged, for the purposed of EURAPMON, including in the compilation of reports submitted by EURAPMON to ESF