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The Dulbecco Telethon International Postdoctoral Programme (DTI-IMPORT) is a Postdoctoral Research Training programme aimed to enhance the international dimension of the fellows operating in the Telethon Institutes (DTI, TIGEM and TIGET) and provide an excellent training to experienced researchers in Biomedical Sciences that will likely contribute to the development of Research Careers in the European Research Area.
The main focus of the project was the recruitment of highly skilled incoming and reintegrating experienced researchers through a gender-balanced, transparent and meritocratic selection process, in agreement with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Charter for Researchers. A structured management has been designed to fulfil the programme goal and provide an exceptional package of employment benefits.
The DTI-IMPORT has contributed to a life-long-training of recruited postdocs by creating the most favourable conditions to foster their scientific productivity and providing deepening and broadening of knowledge training.

The major objective of this program is to organize a highly competitive international postdoctoral program, including incoming and reintegrating fellows, following the spirit that stands at the very basis of the Telethon foundation: excellence in biomedical science and training cannot be constrained into geographical borders.
The long-term goal of this Programme was to create a network of scientists remaining tethered to our Institution and to each other through the generation of a “Telethon alumnus” status that will allow the former postdoctoral fellows to meet and exchange scientific ideas as well as other types of information.

In order to provide all the necessary information, advertise the calls and collect the applications, a dedicated website was set up immediately before the opening of the first call.
Four calls, lasting each for 6 months have been open between January 2013 and November 2014. 62 applications have been received during the first call, 30 applications during the second, 111 during the third, and 65 during the fourth. As result of the 4 calls 19 fellows have been recruited: 4 fellows in the first call (all incoming), 2 in the second (both incoming), 9 in the third (7 incoming and 2 reintegration) and 4 in the fourth (all incoming). The fellows recruited during the first 3 calls have been enrolled with a contract lasting 36 months, while the contracts of the 4 fellows recruited through the fourth call last for 24 months.
With the aim of the broadening of the DTI-IMPORT fellows knowledge, 5 courses have been organized: becoming an editor of scientific journals, moving from academics to the industry, science policy making, grants writing and managing and international patenting.

The expected final result of the DTI-IMPORT postdoctoral programme is fostering the generation of an innovative, international community of young Scientists.
Telethon Foundation through the DTI-Import has enrolled 19 postdoctoral fellows from all over the word contributing to the development of Research Careers in the European Research Area.

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