Topic SIG ECI: Between a rock and a hard place: career demands versus good research for early career investigators (two vacancies)

By 24 July 2019
Researcher`s institution:
Host institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland)
Period of stsm: One to two weeks in September 2019
Funds approved:

Description of the topic:ECI find themselves in a situation of a tension between individual and organizational expectations, motivations and limitations. During this STSM, we analyse such tensions and interactions, such as the influence of national evaluation procedures versus the fact that a career will be international (evaluation criteria of other countries apply); changes of rules during qualification period; the relation between evaluation or scientific networks versus career; self-interest/intrinsic motivation versus what is expected; own perceptions of ideal of research versus the ideal of research promoted by rules. The analysis of such tensions will help to understand the situation ECI find themselves in but they also inform how research evaluation procedures could be reformed to reduce such tensions and to better reflect the conditions under which research is conducted.


Objectives: This STSM will contribute to achieving the GAPG2 (to understand the impact of evaluation practices on ECI careers) and GAPG6 (to propose better adapted approaches to evaluating the SSH) foreseen in GP4.

Special criteria for this STSM: the applicant should have knowledge of the different evaluation systems and situations as well as have experience of qualitative research methodology.

Results: The proposed STSM will lead to the production of co-authored publications and presentations. It will also produce an input for the policy brief better adapted approaches to evaluating the SSH as well as for a document with recommendations for ECI regarding evaluation.


Practical details:

Working group: Special Interest Group for Early Career Investigators

Duration and timing: one to two weeks in September 2019

Location:Adam Mickiewicz University, Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań, PolandContact:Emanuel Kulczycki (