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FLAD Science Award Atlantic: call for applications 15/05/2023

Applications for the FLAD Science Award Atlantic 2023 are open from 1 to 30 June 2023. This award recognizes research on the Atlantic and its ecosystems, as well as their sustainable exploitation, and is worth 300 thousand Euros, for a maximum of 3 years.

In its 4th edition, the FLAD Science Award Atlantic will recognize research projects that contribute to the creation and development of cross-cutting tools and strategic solutions to current and future challenges in the context of human action in the Atlantic. Candidates who have completed their doctoral studies no more than eight years ago are eligible for the Award. For the purposes of counting this period, maternity and paternity leave will be taken into account, if applicable.

Key topics that can be addressed are:

  • Science and technology to promote a healthy and clean ocean, addressing the Atlantic as a natural ecosystem asset;
  • Future impact of climate change on human populations in the Atlantic coastal regions and design of mitigation or adaptation actions, including citizen participation;
  • Assessing the value of the Atlantic natural assets and ecosystem services, and its contribution to blue economy, making use of extensive data and advanced economic analysis;
  • Environmental and Energy transition strategies for islands or isolated areas;
  • Sustainable maritime transportation and logistics, in the context of increasing digital transformation;
  • New approaches to planning, monitoring and managing of Atlantic spaces, including the preservation of critical ecosystems, making use of observation methods involving low-cost satellite systems or advanced sensing devices, combined with data science and artificial intelligence;
  • Enabling technologies, including intelligent underwater robotics, unmanned shipping, acoustic communications, sensors or data analysis.

The prize will be awarded after a two-stage review of applications:
1st Phase: The first phase of applications runs from June 1 to June 30, where a review of the applicant's scientific curriculum vitae is conducted, along with an evaluation of the main ideas presented in the research proposal.
Stage 2: The highest ranked applicants in the first stage are invited to participate in a second stage application. They will need to submit their research plan proposal for the 3-year duration of the award between September 13 and October 13. If further evaluation is required, there is the possibility of a final interview.

The winning candidate will be selected by November 15, 2023.

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