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Funding possibilities for AU/SG/NZ in Europe

In February 2019, the European Union and Australia concluded a new agreement that enables first-class talent from Australia to join research teams funded by the European Research Council (ERC) across Europe. The joint initiative with the Australian Research Council (ARC) is the second of its kind for the ERC with an Australian funding body.

The initiative aims to encourage top scientific talent funded by the Australian Research Council to make research visits to Europe, where they will temporarily join ERC-funded teams.

The ERC offers long-term grants in Europe to excellent scientists of any nationality and in any field. To date, 48 Australian researchers based in Europe have been awarded ERC grants, of which 41 are early- to mid-career researchers.

The ERC is led by an independent governing body, the Scientific Council, and has a budget of more than €13 billion for the years 2014 to 2020, part of Horizon 2020, for which European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Carlos Moedas is responsible.


ERC ANNOUNCEMENT: https://erc.europa.eu/news/new-opportunities-for-top-Australian-talent

AGREEMENT: https://erc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/document/file/EC-ARC-implementing-arrangement.pdf

APPLICATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION: https://erc.europa.eu/funding/non-european-researchers

Launched as a pilot programme in 2017, the Nicolas Baudin “Internship in France” initiative offers students from participating Australian universities the opportunity to undertake a research internship at a French host university in collaboration with an industry partner. The internship offers are jointly created by the French host university and its industry partner, and when relevant with the Australian partner university if the intern is enrolled within the framework of a pre-existing scientific collaboration.

The Laureates programmes in France are co-financed by the Embassy, the hosting university in France and the home university in Australia. All French higher education establishments are eligible to participate in the programme.

Students enrolled in Australian universities that are members of the Group of Eight, Australian Technology Network of Universities, Innovative Research Universities and students enrolled at Macquarie University can submit their candidature for one of the French internships on offer. Their stay will be co-financed by the Embassy, their hosting university in France and their home university in Australia.

Find call schedules and more detailed information here.

Open to independent researchers of any age or career stage, the new ERC calls are meant to help top scientists from all fields to produce the very best cutting-edge science and to affirm Europe's place as a world class destination for research.

Funding schemes:

  • Starting Grants
  • Consolidator Grants
  • Advanced Grants
  • Proof of concept
  • Synergy Grants

For more information, please follow this link.

The mission of the AXA Research Fund is to support academic institutions hosting outstanding researchers committed to improving people's lives by carrying out cutting-edge and innovative research dealing with global societal challenges related to Life and Health, Data and Technology, Climate and Environment and Economics and Insurance.

Proposed programmes must mainly address academic research. Programmes are considered R&D when they pursue an objective of systematic application of knowledge or understanding, directed towards the production of useful materials, devices, and systems or methods, including design, development, and improvement of prototypes and new processes to meet specific requirements. This includes specific technology development, as well as clinical trials.

The AXA Research Fund distinguishes between three types of grants:

1. Calls for projects

2. Post-doctoral fellowships

3. Doctoral fellowships

To learn more about the AXA Research Fund, click here

The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit. ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training in Europe, extending the traditional academic research training setting, incorporating elements of Open Science and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. It will provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set. ITN supports competitively selected joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond.

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The PROBIST Programme is supported by the European Commission through the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. Altogether, 61 fellowships will be awarded and implemented in top research institutes in the Barcelona and Tarragona region (Spain). 

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