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South Moravian programme for distinguished researchers enters second phase

The second phase of a successful EU-funded programme that supports work possibilities and develops scientific projects for top researchers in the South Moravian Region has just kicked off. South Moravia is located in the south-western part of the historical region of Moravia i...

The second phase of a successful EU-funded programme that supports work possibilities and develops scientific projects for top researchers in the South Moravian Region has just kicked off. South Moravia is located in the south-western part of the historical region of Moravia in the Czech Republic. This latest phase of SOMOPRO ('South Moravian programme for distinguished researchers') is supported in part by a boost of more than EUR 1.5 million from the Marie Curie Actions programme, funded under the 'People' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). SOMOPRO is co-financed by the Region of South Moravia. Under the first 2 SOMOPRO calls, 6 Czech and 21 international researchers received grants covering between 1 and 3 years, and 100 % of their eligible expenses, and under this latest phase there will be 2 more calls. The third call was announced on 10 August and the deadline is 7 November. Applicants must have a PhD title or at least 4 years of research experience, and should not have lived in the Czech Republic for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the submission deadline. The main aim of the programme is to foster innovative research and development (R&D) activities and projects in the region of southern Moravia. This will be achieved by attracting top-class foreign researchers to work and undertake research training in the region, as well as researchers hailing from the region who wish to return and find a job there, after having worked in research in a third country for at least three years. SOMOPRO supports research in science, medicine and technology, and applicants are free to choose their research field. Researchers applying must identify and develop a research training project that will help them significantly advance their careers and that supports SOMOPRO's fundamental concept: advanced training and lifelong learning. The programme is administered by the South Moravian Centre for International Mobility (JCMM), which carries out all the application and evaluation procedures. An example of previous work carried out thanks to a SOMOPRO call is Jana Krenková's 'Nanoparticle modified monolithic supports for bioanalysis' project. The researcher aimed to develop methodology for synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles and their immobilisation on the pore surface of organic polymer monolith supports, in order to obtain new types of chromatographic media affording improved retention of isolated/separated compounds, lower non-specific interaction, and higher stability. Hailing from the Czech Republic, Ms Krenková received a Reintegration Grant and carried out some of her work in the United States.For more information, please visit:Information for Applicants:http://www.jcmm.cz/en/information-for-applicants.html

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