Another great success for one of MICOLL’s team members! Our postdoc Jake Dyble won the STARS Grant (Supporting TAlent in ReSearch) of the University of Padua with his project “Avania: Commerce, Orientalism, and Law in Early Modern Europe” (AvCOL). Well done!
The STARS call positively pushes candidates to pursue and train for excellence overall, to familiarize with and practice a competitive and complex evaluation process. In order to train researchers for competitive international applications, the evaluation process and criteria of the STARS@UNIPD calls are similar to those of the ERC. The application forms themselves, even if slightly simplified, match the templates of the ERC. Moreover, the Evaluation Committee is composed by external experts of recognized international prestige, selected among panel members of the competitive European projects funded by the ERC. Scientific excellence is the sole criterion of evaluation. Assessment concerns the ground-breaking nature, ambition, and feasibility of the project as well as the Principal Investigator’s (PI) scientific skill, creativity, and commitment.
The STARS program of the University of Padua has become a benchmark example for other Italian universities, which have followed the Unipd experience and have developed similar funding schemes.
List of granted projects available HERE.
Source: University of Padua Website