Invitation to contribute to the EJP SOIL consortium

The visiting scientist scheme and reporting requirements is developed to enable researchers at each stage of their scientific career and non-research staff to contribute in the EJP SOIL consortium, in order to carry out research visits and improve skills in our EJP SOIL partner facilities as well as in leading non-EJP SOIL institutions.

The EJP SOIL financial support provides means for expenses for the stay of a visiting scientist at a host institution undertaking collaborative work aligned with activities in any  EJP SOIL work package.

These visiting grants are complementary to activities aiming at facilitating the access of researchers to the European soil research infrastructure and to activities developed in other work packages.

Visits are possible in year 2, 3 and 4 of the EJP SOIL programme.


Visiting Scientists Programme

All visiting grants involve a host institution located in a member state of the European Union, as well as non-EU EJP SOIL partners (Switzerland, Norway and Turkey). A recipient of the grant can be an employee or a student of EJP SOIL partner as well as their linked third parties.

Visiting Scientists Support - internal exchange

  • Activities proposed for the visiting grants can be dedicated to (but not limited to):
    1. Developing and learning, e.g. acquiring new expertise in soil data, methodology, analysis,
    2. Developing joint teaching and learning elements in higher education,
    3. Developing joint scientific publications,
    4. Participation in the workshops, seminars, conferences relevant for the EJP SOIL aims and scope,
    5. Planning and developing of joint proposals within the scope of EJP SOIL programme.
  • This visiting grants programme provides financial support to staff only from the EJP SOIL institutions undertaking international mobility to other EJP SOIL partner institutions or non-EJP SOIL partner institutions within the EU if the training stay contributes to EJP SOIL Expected impacts (see Annex C). 
  • You can apply if you are:
    1. a young scientist (master, PhD students, postdocs)
    2. mid and senior level scientists
    3. non-research laboratory technical staff 


EJP SOIL Infrastructure - for external visitors

  • Activities proposed for the visiting grants can be:
    • visiting a laboratory, in order to analyse soil samples using a method that is not implemented at the home institution
    • visiting a long-term experiment, in order to take soil samples or get access to soil data that expand and upgrade the own dataset and lead to additional knowledge and new perspectives in the respective research topic.
  • A limited number of visits will be reserved for applicants from non-European countries, which will enable the dissemination of the EJP SOIL knowledge beyond EJP SOIL partner institutions.

Announcement procedure

The calls for visiting scientists support will be announced regularly at the end of March and September of years 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Announcements will be here on the EJP SOIL website, on social media (Twitter and LinkedIn), and in the EJP SOIL Newsletter.

All necessary application documents and other detailed data will be posted here on the website no later than 15 days before the call launch.

Applications for visiting grants will be opened for 1 month and start on the 1st of April and September and close at the end of April and October at years 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Application forms will be reviewed by a Supervising Committee composed of three members, led by IUNG, including one member of the ExCom and one member of the task 7.4 leading team.  

The selection process will take about two weeks from closure of the application process. After that, the decision of the Supervising Committee will be announced.

Each member of the Supervising Committee will independently evaluate the applications concerning the following criteria, scoring from 1 up to 5 points (see application form):

  • scientific value of the visit
  • compatibility with EJP SOIL aims and scope
  • relevance to EJP SOIL expected impacts