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WHRI-ACADEMY is a fellowship programme aiming at the career development of the next generation of translational multidisciplinary researchers geared toward therapeutic innovation across rapidly developing and integrated life sciences and health care disciplines.
The key aspects of the programme are:
- truly worldwide collaborative opportunities for fellows in both academic and industrial environments,
- partner organisations who will host the fellows both within and outside the EU, thus providing mobility opportunities for fellows to and from a wide geographical area,
- a transnational inter-sectorial exchange dimension between academia and SMEs to enable academic research fellows try a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) working environment without a gap in their academic careers,
- an incoming mobility component to enable top-class Third Country fellows from emerging economies to be hosted in Europe to both enhance competition and to establish mutually-beneficial research cooperation, and
- a reintegration component to counter the brain drain of European researchers to Third Countries.

The WHRI-ACADEMY programme started on 02 January 2014 and runs for an overall period of 60 months, with five calls, which will indicatively allow 148 fellow-years to be funded, with each individual fellowship lasting 12 – 36 months.

The WHRI-ACADEMY programme focuses on seven research areas:
1) Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry,
2) Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology,
3) Cellular and Developmental Biology,
4) Physiology, Pathophysiology, Cardiovascular Diseases and Endocrinology,
5) Neurosciences and Neural Disorders,
6) Immunity and Infection, and
7) Diagnostic Tools, Therapies and Public Health.
Fellows can choose the topic and supervisor for their research project freely from these seven research areas.

There are three types of fellowships depending on the type of mobility that they include.
- Incoming: For non-residents of the Host country. Researchers from any nationality can apply.
- Outgoing: For residents of EU Members States or Associated Countries. Mobility is from a EU Member State or Associated Country to a Third Country (with a preferably return phase to either a EU Member State or Associated Country). The return phase shall not exceed 15% of the total length of the fellowship.
- Reintegration: Only EU Member State or Associated Country nationals having carried out research in a Third Country for at least 3 years can apply. The mobility is from a Third Country to either a EU Member State or Associated Country.

By January 2016, four calls were advertised at months 1, 7, 13 and 20, receiving a total number of 126 eligible applications. Calls were announced in the project website (, EURAXESS portal, a total of 24 LinkedIn groups, Marie-Curie National Contact Points, WHRI-ACADEMY network institutions, among national and international entities strongly linked to WHRI-ACADEMY network institutions and in a total of 27 research-related and funding information-related events the project coordinator and/or the project manager of this programme were invited to give a talk. As a result of the calls, a total of 38 experienced researchers (22 female and 16 male) have been awarded (30 incoming, 4 outgoing and 4 reintegration fellowships), with each individual fellowship lasting at least 12 months and up to 36 months. Currently, the 33 applications to the fourth call are under assessment. The outcomes of this call will be published on Friday 26 February 2016.

Catalogue of the awarded fellowships and the institutions involved can be downloaded at In addition, call documentation, WHRI-ACADEMY network institutions, templates for fellows’ mid-term and final reports can be also downloaded at the project website. Awarded fellows are required to submit a revised version of their Career Development plan every year in order to monitor and manage the quality of the supervision and training at the host institutions.

To facilitate networking and communication skills, an annual training workshop combining research-related and transferable competences is organised. The first WHRI-ACADEMY Training Workshop took place from 30th June to 2nd July 2015. WHRI-ACADEMY fellows attended a total of eight training sessions, from which two scientific-oriented training sessions to acquire an in-depth view in scientific disciplines and techniques, and six transferable-oriented skills training sessions to equip them with specialised innovation-oriented skills to enhance their employability in a variety of roles within the private and public sectors. As part of the event, WHRI-ACADEMY fellows were invited to attend the WHRI Annual Review 2015, with high-calibre invited speakers from several continents. The WHRI Annual Review 2015 took place on June 30, 2015.

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