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Periodic Report Summary 1 - MOVE-IN LOUVAIN (MOVE-IN LOUVAIN: Incoming Post-doc Fellowships)

Building upon the success of the former "IPoD" programme (2011-2015), the participating institutions (Université Saint-Louis (USL-B - Bruxelles), Université de Namur (UNamur), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)) have launched a new programme called “MOVE-IN LOUVAIN” (2014-2019). This programme, which is targeted at incoming researchers, aims at reinforcing the international dimension of the partner institutions by supporting highly-qualified postdocs from abroad. The scheme is based on a bottom-up approach as all research fields are eligible (Sciences and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health Sciences). The ultimate ambition is to build scientific and technological (S&T) collaborations and long-lasting networks between the respective research teams.

This programme is not just the continuation of the previous one but it will also add major improvements in particular a higher budget, a longer duration and better employment conditions with the addition of travel allowance. The relative contribution of the 3 partners remain the same under the « MOVE-IN Louvain » programme but in light of the success of the "IPoD" programme both in terms of its impact and management, the 3 partners decided to increase their contribution from 900.000 EUR to 1.075.200 EUR/year as from 2015. As it is the case under the former “IPoD” programme, and in order to regulate the rights and duties of each partner, a tripartite partnership Convention has been signed between the participating institutions prior to the launch of the first call. The employment and salary conditions of the fellows are in-line with the principles of the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”. The proposed programme raises no ethical concerns as it does not directly involves research but research funding. The programme is managed by the Research Administration of the UCL which also provides logistical and administrative support for research missions and activities of benefit to the university community.

Concretely, the 5 years-programme relates to incoming mobility and is open to experienced researchers from all nationalities and is based on a bottom-up approach. The duration of the fellowships may vary from 12 to 24 months and the potential applicant has the choice between 154 research entities spread over 5 cities and 3 universities.

The programme is addressed to:
- Experienced researchers
- Holding a doctoral degree or having at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience since gaining a university diploma giving them access to doctoral studies
- Postdoctoral researchers with a maximum of 6 years of post-doc, counting from the time the thesis was obtained (reference date being the starting date of the project)
- Researchers having resided or carried out their main activity in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the starting date of the project are not eligible (mobility criteria).

For the whole programme and the 3 calls, 160 fellow-years will be funded, that means +/- 53 fellow-years per call. For the 2 first calls, 55 fellows have been funded (28 fellows under 2015 call and 27 fellows under 2016 call). Among this total, 37 fellows (28 fellows under 2015 call and 9 fellows under 2016 call) have started their project during the first reporting period (please refer to point 6). The last call of the programme has been launched on the 3rd of October 2016 and will be closed on the 4th of January 2017.

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