EU supports career development in UiO’s Life Science
Yesterday I discussed the wide range of funding opportunities that are embedded in the new EU framework programme – Horizon 2020. A sizeable proportion of Norway’s research investment is now funneled through Brussels, implying that we should regard the EU funding programme as an integral part of our domestic funding system. We should see it as a task of major importance to regain as much as possible of the money that we send Brussel’s way. The Medical Faculty is stepping up to the challenge.
The Medical Faculty has seized one of the opportunities offered under Marie Curie Actions and has met with success. The Faculty’s Scientia Fellows programme is a transnational postdoctor programme (70 fellows total over 5 years) co-funded by the EU through People, Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND), and is the first COFUND programme at UiO. There will be three calls in the Scientia Fellows programme. The evaluation of the 1st Call for proposals is just completed. As a result of the two-stage international evaluation, 26 Fellows will start their fellowships under the scheme of Scientia Fellows this summer and autumn. The fellows appointed thus far represent 20 different nationalities. The 2nd call will start 29 May 2015 and close 20 September 2015, and the 3rd call will open in October 2015.
The Scientia Fellows programme is quite unique in its international dimension. Under this programme, researchers with a PhD degree or an equivalent are offered the possibility to gain experience abroad, expand international networks, complete their training and develop competences useful for their future careers.
The programme follows a ‘bottom-up’ approach. Talented researchers are able to choose their research topic, destination, research group and supervisor for their fellowships. Fellows will benefit from a range of training opportunities and workshops.
There are two types of fellowship schemes under the Scientia Fellow Programme:
- Incoming – for postdoctoral researchers from all over the world that are willing to conduct their research at the University of Oslo for 12-24 months.
- Outgoing – for postdoctoral researchers who apply to work as a visiting researcher in a host organization outside of Norway for 12-24 months. The researcher will move on to a reintegration phase at the University of Oslo for a period of 12 months.
I consider the Scientia Fellows programme at the Medical Faculty as an important instrument for the internationalization of Life Sciences at the University of Oslo. With its strong emphasis on career development, the programme is set to bolster our Life Science initiative that will materialize in a new Center with a projected completion date in 2022.