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MVISION Report Summary

Project ID: 291820
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Spain

Periodic Report Summary 2 - MVISION (MVISION)

M+VISION is a program created by Comunidad de Madrid, through Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and cofinanced by the COFUND scheme of the European Union´s Seventh Framework Programme (call FP7-PEOPLE-2011-COFUND). The program aims at strengthening the career development of researchers and specialists in the area of biomedical imaging through a scheme of fellowships to develop translational research projects in host organizations (such as universities, research centers, hospitals or companies) in Madrid and Boston.
M+VISION programme intends on building a particularly favorable environment to train and reinforce career development of the best researchers in biomedical imaging. Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d (a public foundation dependent on the Madrid Regional Government) will count with the support of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to catalyze fellowships in biomedical imaging education and research.
The objectives of the project are: (i) leveraging Madrid’s investment in biomedical imaging infrastructure and clinical network and MIT’s experience in integrating biomedical imaging research and education (ii) attracting and nurturing top talents by providing broad-ranging education and research experiences in cutting edge biomedical areas (iii) promoting work that is translational and posed for impact in medicine and healthcare (iv) creating a network of professionals in the academic, medical, industry and government sectors.
M+VISION in its 72 months length will offer 30 fellowships to experienced researchers under adequate researcher labour conditions to develop research projects in the frame of hosting institutions.
The program offers support for a maximum of three years, consisting of a fellowship of a duration of one year and two years of employment contract together with contributions to research and travel costs. The first year the researchers receive funding from Comunidad de Madrid and the fellowship is developed in a fundamentally academic environment, while the second and third year they are hired directly by the host organizations, developing more market-oriented research.
There are two types of fellowships depending on the type of mobility that they include:
- Incoming modality: the three years of fellowship take place in Spain.
- Outgoing modality: the first two years of fellowship take place in the United States and the third year in Spain.
The economic support consists of:
- Fellowship (first year): 43,000 € / year
- Employment contract (second and third year): € 65,000 / year (Employer cost)
- Research costs: 2.300 € / year
- Travel costs: 3.300 € / year
Researchers are selected by international panels through a transparent evaluation process following the European Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researches and the Charter for Researchers. Fellows will benefit from the knowledge, expertise, and existing networks of hosts organisations and MIT, and will be encouraged to foster long term relationships.
Since its start in June 2012, M+VISION has issued three calls:
In January 2013, the first M+VISION call was released and 28 applications were submitted from researchers from 11 nationalities. As a result of the call, 7 fellowships were awarded (4 incoming and 3 outgoing) to promising researchers from Spain, Morocco, Argentina and Hungary.
In 2014, 25 applications were submitted to the second M+VISION Call (19 incoming and 6 outgoing) from researchers from 11 nationalities. 10 fellowships were awarded (7 incoming and 3 outgoing) to researchers from Spain, Colombia, United Kingdom and India.
In the last call, issued in 2015, 22 applications were submitted (12 incoming, 9 outgoing and 1 not specified) from researchers from 5 nationalities. 10 fellowships were awarded (7 incoming and 3 outgoing) to researchers from Spain, Germany, India and Switzerland.
Project Coordinator: Federico Morán
Project Manager: Sara Alfonso
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