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International Research Teams Call

Call for Projects “International Research Team” 2019

The proposal should be sent by email with the subject formatted as follows:

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The file submitted should be named according to the template: AAP2019SI_IRT_NAME-OF-PI.pdf

The letter of intent to be submitted by Monday, September 23rd, 2019 at noon

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The LabEx NUMEV is launching a new call for projects (AAP) which aims to promote collaborative research at the international level on original and/or risky issues at the interfaces with environmental and life sciences. These projects should make it possible to structure ongoing or emerging international cooperation with recognized international centers that are complementary to the activities of the researchers or research teams at the Montpellier site. The objectives of this Call for Projects are twofold: on the one hand, it aims at the emergence of sustainable international projects by setting up a formal long-term collaboration and, on the other hand, it is expected to produce concrete achievements or fundamental developments to build, in the future, international structuring research projects for the Montpellier site.

The financial support provided by the LabEx NUMEV for the international collaborative projects will be a maximum of €100k. The duration of projects is limited to 36 months starting from 2020. It is highly recommended that the international partner demonstrates its interest in the project by co-funding it. Collaboration with one of the I-Site MUSE's privileged partners (https://muse.edu.umontpellier.fr/files/2018/10/Explore2_Annexe2_VFFF.pdf) may be encouraged, for a synergy of site, without being restrictive.

This call for projects will be carried out in two stages:

Stage 1Submission of a letter of intent, outlining the scientific purpose of the collaboration and how the cooperation will be undertaken. The deadline for submitting the letter of intent is September 23rd, 2019 at noon. The LabEx Pedagogical and Scientific Committee will pre-select the projects on the basis of this letter of intent.The application form must be accompanied by a letter of support from the international institution and/or a letter from the Principal Investigator of the international partner.

Stage 2Submission of pre-selected projects, the submission date is December 16th, 2019 at noon.

The criteria to be highlighted in the letter of intent are as follows:

1/ To have a strong structuration effectfor the Montpellier site in the long term while targeting the scientific outlines of the LabEx NUMEV. The research project must therefore be long-term and formalize the collaboration;

2/ To have international visibility with recognized research centres;

3/ To establisha durable collaboration with one or more international partners;

4/ To have an impact on training.

In all cases, the requests must be part of a strong partnership with actors in the fields of the environmental and/or life sciences, the latter being able to be the international partner. Research projects must therefore involve at least one research unit that is a member of the LabEx NUMEV (see annex), and at least one international team/unit.

In accordance with the terms of the Financial Regulation, the resources made available to LabEx NUMEV will make it possible to fund (or co-fund) for this call:

- human resources: post-doctoral student, engineer, thesis co-financing (50%),

- operations (materials and small equipment < 4000 HT in application of the Financial Regulation, computer purchase is not allowed),

- scientific activities ("summer schools", international workshops) to increase the visibility of the action,

- internship salaries (at Master level),

- international missions in the context of the project to promote cooperation,

- student exchanges (PhD students, Masters/Engineers).

The projects submitted must fall within the new scientific perimeter of the LabEx NUMEV, namely:

A/ Proposals to strengthen the core business knowledge (generic directions) necessary in the medium/long term to address issues related to the environmental and life sciences.

The four generic axes are:

1) Sensors and Vectors: This axis focuses on activities related to sensors, sensor networks, intelligent and embedded    systems, to access new information and measures related to the environment and life, at different levels, scales, supports and conditions (water, soil, air). Original aspects by coupling sensors and their "vectors" to living systems are also targeted within this axis (e. g. bio-logging).

2) Modelling: Any theoretical or numerical approach aimed at representing the physical world with a view to its application to the environment and living organisms, whether original developments or implementation in a new context: mechanisms of functioning of living organisms, properties of materials and systems of plant origin, microbes and pathogens, environmental processes, protection of the environment, etc.

3) Systems, Models and Measurements: Experimental systems for understanding life and the environment; Natural systems: granular materials, wood, blood, wheat, water... Characterization of multi-scale mechanical behaviors; Model systems: identify general mechanisms that govern the physical behaviors of living objects and the environment by isolating themselves from the intrinsic complexity of natural objects; Original instrumental developments for observing the environmental and living systems. Emphasis is also placed on growth observation, morphogenesis and the different types of evolution processes from molecular to natural systems (physical and mechanical biological transport). This axis will also be privileged for the implementation and design of innovative instrumentation (THz, ultrasound, AFM, imaging, spectroscopy, MRI, etc...).

4) Data, Algorithms and Computations: The work carried out in this axis is in the field of "Big Data" whose objective is to extract, represent, manage and apply algorithms and calculations associated with large volumes of data from the environment and life. It is therefore interested in the different specificities related to the 3Vs of "Big Data" (Volume - massive data, Variety - heterogeneous data such as texts, time series, satellite images, sensor networks, social networks, etc. and Velocity - data available more and more often in the form of flows but also knowledge that it is necessary to evolve). Decision-making using IA and/or bio-statistical algorithms will be at the heart of this axis.

B/ Proposals to strengthen the site's capacity in targeted scientific fields (related to technological and societal applications). The four integrated projects are:

1) Surgical Assistance: This integrated project is linked to the context where current surgical interventions (minimally invasive surgery, endoluminal surgery, microsurgery, interventional radiology, remote surgery, etc.) are constantly evolving and clinical procedures are becoming more and more difficult to perform. The main scientific and technological challenges are to increase the capacity of clinicians to learn, train, perceive, decide and act in surgical operations.

2) Movement: This project aims to develop research focused on human-technology-health movement interactions. It proposes a multidisciplinary approach to studying human movement in healthy and sick people, with the objectives of monitoring, forecasting, prevention, establishing specific imaging and treatment methods, and not forgetting training needs in this field.

3) Ocean and coastline: The project emerges from the strong growth of research related to the sea and coastline in NUMEV and overall on the Montpellier site. Promising avenues of research have been identified: in vivo biological monitoring, autonomous observation of marine fauna and flora, modelling and mapping related to the sea and coastline, understanding of pollution control phenomena.

4) Genomes: This project focuses on mathematical, physical, statistical and (bio)computational approaches to biological issues around the organization, functioning and evolution of genomes. Research focuses on the analysis of high throughput sequencing data, functional genomics, evolutionary genomics, and biophysical and bio-mathematical models of genomes.

Calendar

Deadline for submission of letters of intent:Monday, September 23rd, 2019 noon

Endorsement of DUs on Letters of Intent [1](*):no later than Friday, September 27th, 2019

Selection of letters of intent:1st fortnight of October 2019

Deadline for submission of final applications:Monday 16thDecember 2019 at noon

Visa of the DU (*): no later than Friday 20thDecember 2019

Selection of projects by the CPS:January 2020

Response to project leaders:February 2020

To be eligible, projects must fulfill the following criteria:

The project leader must (1) be a member of a LabEx NUMEV partner laboratory(EUROMOV, IES, IMAG, L2C, LIRMM, LMGC, MISTEA (INRIA teams of Montpellier)) and (2) submit only one applicationto this call for projects. 

It is strongly recommended that project leaders get in touch with the management or managers of the axis and/or IP concerned when preparing their application:

 

Scientific managers

Direction

Lionel TORRES

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Andrea PARMEGGIANI

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GD Sensors and Vectors

Emmanuel LE CLÉZIO

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Sébastien DRUON

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GD Modeling

Franck JOURDAN

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John PALMERI

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GD Data, Algorithms and Computations

Pascal PONCELET

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Nadine HILGERT

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GD Model Systems and Measurements

Christian LIGOURE

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Didier LAUX

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IP Surgical Assistance

Nabil ZEMITI

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Simon Le Floc'h

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IP Ocean and Coastline

Serge BERNARD

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Pascale FABRE

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IP Movement

Stéphane PERREY

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IP Genomes

Fabio PARDI

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Gilles DIDIER

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Training

Lionel TORRES

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Andrea PARMEGGIANI

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Important remarks:

- No transfer or transformation of credits will be possible from one envelope to another (operating, investment, personnel) once the allocation has been made.

- The use/commitment of funds must be made before 31 December 2023,

- The credits allocated are managed by LabEx NUMEV and may under no circumstances be paid to the laboratory to which they belong,

- You are invited to contact Mylène Gueydan (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. ), Project Manager of the LabEx NUMEV, if you have any questions about the budget and/or eligibility of the expenses.

- When a project is awarded, the project leader undertakes, by accepting the funds, to (1) submit an activity report at the end of the year and at the end of the project, (2) mention the LabEx NUMEV in its publications according to the following formula: "This project was supported by LabEx NUMEV (2011-LABX-076) integrated into the I-Site MUSE" and transmit them to the LabEx viathe address Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. .

- Requests for funding are submitted directly by project leaders.

 


[1]The management of the laboratories and/or the components of the project leaders will be invited by the management of LabEx NUMEV to approve the requests received according to the above-mentioned timetable.