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Call for proposals for research training grants under BIOTECH II programme

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a call for proposals for preparatory, accompanying and support measures under the specific RTD programme in the field of biotechnology (BIOTECH II) (1994-1998).

The call concerns research training schemes covered by the specific programme (grants for training through research).

The aim of the research training is to promote, through the stimulation of training and mobility of researchers, a quantitative and qualitative increase in human resources within the Community and the states associated with the RTD programme.

Participants in this activity are, on the one hand, researchers, primarily with a doctoral degree or equivalent level of education, wishing to receive training or to specialize outside their country of origin and, on the other, the research institutions hosting them. Researchers must be citizens of Community Member States or of an associated state. The research institutions must be legal entities, established in the Community or an associated state and have the capacity to provide training through research.

The work will be carried out in accordance with the general rules applicable to grants for training through research, in line with the objectives of the BIOTECH II programme.

Three types of grant are available:

- Training grants:

These grants are reserved for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers wishing to receive training or to specialize outside their country of origin or recent residence. Postdoctoral researchers are defined as researchers with a doctoral degree or equivalent level of education or, alternatively, having at least four years' full-time research experience at postgraduate level. Postgraduate researchers are defined as researchers holding a degree obtained from a university or equivalent institution of higher education, which qualifies the holder directly to embark on a doctorate or equivalent degree. The Community support will take the form of a grant to the researcher plus a contribution to the host institution's research and management costs for a period ranging from six months to two years;

- Return grants:

Return grants are reserved for researchers from less-favoured regions who wish to return and conduct research in a less-favoured region in their country of origin. They must have been in receipt of a full postdoctoral grant for at least two years under this or the previous specific programme on biotechnology. The Community support will take the form of a grant to the researcher plus a contribution to the host institution's research and management costs for a period of up to 12 months;

- Mobility grants for experienced researchers:

These grants are reserved for experienced researchers who must provide proof of at least eight years' full-time research experience at postgraduate level. The Community support will take the form of a grant to the researcher plus a contribution to the host institution's research and management costs for a period ranging from three months to one year.

The work programme, the information package concerning the procedures to be followed for the submission of proposals and a copy of the model contract to be drawn up with the host research institutes accepted are available from the Commission on request. A description of work carried out under previous related programmes will also be provided on request.
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