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2019 Call for Applications for IBS Research Center Directors and Chief Investigators

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2019 Call for Applications for IBS Research Center Directors and Chief Investigators
 
The Institute for Basic Science (IBS) is a Korean government-funded research institute established in November 2011 with the purpose of driving  forward  the  development  of basic science in Korea through large-scale, long-term, group research. IBS has so far established 30 Research Centers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, earth science, and interdisciplinary sciences. The selection  and  establishment  of  new  Centers  for year 2019 will be limited to a maximum of two that are HQ-based  only.  We look forward to receiving many applications from excellent scientists.
 
December 20, 2018 KIM Doochul, President of IBS
 
I. Center Category I
 1. Selection Type
○ A scientist  who  is  capable  of  conducting  large-scale,  long-term,  group  research  will be selected as a new director of an HQ Center.
• Applicant may organize his/her Center with various structures (e.g., having co-director(s) and/or associate director(s)).
• Applicants  in  theoretical  physics  may  apply  for  co-director  positions  at   the two HQ Centers (Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe, Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems)
• Those selected as a new director may commence their research in 2019.
※ For those selected as co-director(s), the commencement date of research may be January 2020 or afterwards according to the circumstances of IBS.
 
2. Research Areas
○ All areas of basic science and interdisciplinary sciences
• Applications from those  in  IBS  Designated  Research  Areas  will  be  given priority in review.
※ Please refer to www.ibs.re.kr/eng/sub04_02_02.do for details of the Designated Research Areas.
 
3. Requirements and Selection Criteria for Director Position
○ Requirements
• A researcher who is  capable  of  conducting  large-scale,  long-term,  group  research in basic science.
• A researcher whose capability is equivalent to that of a chair  professor  at  a  globally recognized university or a director of a  Max  Planck  Institute  in  a  relevant area. Or a researcher who has  potential  to  reach  the  aforementioned  level in the near future.
• A researcher who can devote  himself/herself  to  research  and  Center  operation  for a long period of time.
○ Selection criteria
• Comprehensively examine applicants’ scientific excellence and adequacy of submitted research plans based on  qualitative  evaluation  of  domestic  and  overseas scholars, and select candidates.
• (Scientific excellence) Supremacy  of  research  outcomes,  research  capabilities  and potential, etc.
• (Adequacy of research plan)  Adequacy  and  feasibility  of  Center  organization  and operation plan, research budget and its allocation, plan to  foster  young scientists, and mid- to long-term development plan and vision, etc.
 
4. Selection Procedure
○ Candidate search by March  2019:  Two  means  -  open  recruitment  and  recruitment  by Search Committee (SC)* - will be utilized.
 
* Committee where scholars from home and abroad participate will be formed by field to search for excellent candidates.
○ Selection of in-depth evaluation candidates by April 2019
○ In-depth evaluation by August 2019
○ Comprehensive evaluation and  consultation  by  Scientific  Advisory  Board  by October 2019
○ Negotiation and appointment by November 2019
※ Please refer to Attachment 3 for details of director selection procedure.
 
5. Center Budget
○ The proposed  budget  on  the  application  form  will  be  carefully  reviewed  during  the selection and evaluation  procedure  for  directors.  Once  the  selection  is  completed, the proposed budget will be adjusted and approved by the IBS
Research Review Committee.
○ Research plan, which is required to  be  included  in  the  application  form,  must  include details (e.g., research period, list of necessary  facilities  and  equipment,  required budget, annual plan) of start-up expenses for large-scale facilities and  equipment that should be constructed at an early stage  of  Center  establishment.  Start-up expenses  will  be  provided  separately  after  deliberation.  The  expenses should be stated separately.
※ Whether or not to provide the expenses or the provided amount may change according to the circumstances of IBS.
○ If a director applicant has plans  to  recruit  co-director(s)  or  associate  director(s) within the proposed research period, relevant plans and required budgets must be specified in the application.
 
6. Details of Director Position
○ Directors are required to work  full  time  in  principle.  Their  labor  costs  will  be  negotiated with IBS President and will become effective upon signing of the contract.
○ Directors will be given autonomy in organizing their Center, including personnel, research plan, and budget allocation.
 
○ Directors are not allowed to apply for other Korean government-funded research projects.
※ Those who are participating in basic research programs by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) may commence their research as IBS directors after the completion of the (phased) programs.
○ Center Review  will  take  place  every  three  years  except  for  the  first  Review,  which takes place five years after the Center’s  research  commencement.  Review  results will determine whether to provide continued support. If it is decided to
close a Center/research group, a one-year grace period will be given.
 
7. How to Submit Your Application
○ Please refer to www.ibs.re.kr/eng/2019 for details.
○ Submission deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2019 (KST)
※ The submitted application shall be valid for up to two years.
○ Those who are qualified for  in-depth  evaluation  will  be  notified  by  the  end  of  April 2019.
 
Ⅱ. Center Category Ⅱ
 
1. Selection Type
○ Pioneer Research Center  (PRC):  PRC  is  an  HQ  Center  to  explore  new  territories  of basic science and will be organized by gradually selecting and appointing CIs.
• A PRC will consist of up to five CIs and each CI will be given KRW 1 to 1.5 billion annual operation budget, including labor costs and other expenses.
• A research area  which  has  the  most  applications  submitted  will  be  prioritized  in launching a PRC in year 2019. Initial support will be concentrated on the construction of HQ core facilities.
• Applications may be submitted either  for  the  existing two  PRCs*  or  for  creating a new PRC.
* (interdisciplinary) PRC for Biomolecular and Cellular Structure (mathematics) PRC for Mathematical and Computational Sciences
• Those selected as new CIs may commence their research in 2019.
※ For those selected as a CI for existing PRCs, the commencement date of research may be adjusted to January 2020 or afterwards according to the circumstances of IBS.
 
2. Research Areas
○ All areas of basic science and interdisciplinary sciences
• Applications from those in the IBS designated research  areas  will  be  given  priority in review.
※ Please refer to www.ibs.re.kr/eng/sub04_02_02.do for details of the Designated Research Areas.
 
3. Requirements and Selection Criteria for CIs
○ Requirements
• An emerging researcher who is  capable  of  organizing  his/her  own  research  group  and  carrying  out  challenging,  creative,  and  independent  research   in basic science.
 • A researcher whose capability is equivalent to that  of  a  PI  at  a  globally  renowned research institute or who has  great  potential  to  reach  the aforementioned level in the near future.
○ Selection criteria
• Comprehensively examine applicants’ scientific excellence and adequacy of submitted research plans based on  qualitative  evaluation  of  domestic  and  overseas scholars, and select candidates.
• (Scientific excellence) Supremacy  of  research  outcomes,  research  capabilities  and potential, etc.
• (Adequacy of research plan) Adequacy and feasibility of  his/her  group  organization and  operation  plan,  research  budget  and  its  allocation,  and  mid-  to long-term development plan and visions.
 
4. Selection Procedure

○  Candidate search by March  2019:  Two  means  -  open  recruitment  and  recruitment  by Search Committee (SC)* - will be utilized.
※ Committee where scholars from home and abroad participate will be formed by field to search for excellent candidates.
○ Selection of in-depth evaluation candidates by April 2019
○ In-depth evaluation by August 2019
○ Comprehensive          evaluation        and      consultation     by        Scientific         Advisory            Board  by October 2019
○ Negotiation and appointment by November 2019
※ Please refer to Attachment 3 for details of CI selection procedure.
 
5. Budget
○ The proposed budget  on  the  application  form  will  be  reviewed  during  the  selection and evaluation procedure for CIs. Once the selection is completed, the  proposed budget will be adjusted and approved by the IBS Research Review
Committee.
 ○ Research plan, which is required to be submitted with the application form,  must  include details (e.g., research period, list of necessary  facilities  and  equipment,  required budget, annual plan) of start-up expenses for large-scale facilities and  equipment that should be  constructed  at  an  early  stage  of  PRC  establishment  and  CI research group organization. Start-up expenses will be provided separately after deliberation. The expenses should be stated separately.
※ Whether or not to provide the expenses or the provided amount may change according to the circumstances of IBS.
 
6. Details of CI Position
○ CI is required to work full  time  in  principle.  CI’s  labor  costs  will  be  negotiated  with IBS President and will become effective upon signing of the contract.
○ CIs will be  given  autonomy  in  organizing  their  research  group  including  personnel, research plan, and budget allocation.
○ CIs are not  allowed  to  apply  for  other  Korean  government-funded  research  projects.
※ Those who are participating in basic research program by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) may commence  their  research  as  IBS  CIs after the completion of the (phased) programs.
○ Review on each CI group will take place  every  three  years  except  for  the  first  Review, which takes place on the fifth year of the research commencement.  Review results will determine whether to provide continued support. If it is decided to
close a research group, a maximum of one-year grace period will be given.
 
7. How to Submit Your Application
○ Please refer to www.ibs.re.kr/eng/2019 for details.
○ Submission deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2019 (KST)
※ The submitted application shall be valid for up to two years.
○  Those who are qualified for  in-depth  evaluation  will  be  notified  by  the  end  of  April 2019.
 
 
8. Contact for Inquiries

○ Selection and evaluation procedure for directors/CIs and application
- JUNG Yu Jin, head of Research Evaluation Team (+82-42-878-8226, jinny619@ibs.re.kr)
○ Organization and operation of Centers/PRCs/CIs
- SEO Youngcho, head of Research Policy Team (+82-42-878-8213, ycseo@ibs.re.kr)
 
Attachments
 
Attachment 1  Application form for directors (English)
Attachment 2  Application form for CIs (English) Attachment 3   Selection procedure for directors and CIs
Attachment  4  FAQ on director/CI selection & Center/PRC research  group  organization  and operation
Attachment 5  Current status of IBS Research Centers (as of Dec. 2018)
 

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