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Periodic Report Summary 2 - T2M (2020 researchers: Train To Move)

On the 1st January 2014, the Università degli Studi di Torino (UNITO) launched a new international fellowship programme called 2020 researchers: TRAIN TO MOVE (T2M). T2M is cofunded by the European Commission through the Marie Curie COFUND Programme (FP7-GA 609402) and by the Compagnia di San Paolo, a banking foundation located in Turin.
T2M aims at maximizing career opportunities for incoming experienced researchers through a transnational incoming mobility experience, enriched by the development of individual research projects and by the provision of an extensive training, encompassing scientific, technical and complementary skills. More specifically, the programme intends to increase the transnational mobility opportunities to Piemonte within the frame of advanced career development of experienced researchers, from both European and Third Countries; make Italy, and especially Piemonte Region, more attractive for experienced researchers, offering them the opportunity to promote their research careers through adequate working conditions and collaboration with non-academic sectors and to boost researchers’ scientific expertise and complementary skills, that will match both academic and non-academic sector needs.
T2M will run 5 years and has been implemented through 2 public calls for proposals (March 2014, March 2015), assigning 14 fellowships each, with a total of 28 transnational incoming mobility fellowships. Each fellowship lasts 24 months. T2M target is experienced researchers either with up to 7 years of research experience after completion of PhD, or with 4 to 10 years of research track record since the achievement of a MSc degree (or equivalent title warranting access to a PhD course). T2M fellows have been selected by an independent Scientific Selection Committee set up by the European Science Foundation.
During applications, fellows had freely chosen amongst 26 UNITO hosting departments and their proposed research areas, including all scientific fields, except engineering and architecture domains.
After the selection and evaluation process, T2M fellows have being appointed with an employment contract and have started their research activities at UNITO departments. They have been supported by their Scientific Supervisors in conducting their research, dissemination and communication activities.
Moreover, a dedicated training on complementary skills have been delivered to strengthen fellows’ non-scientific skills and widen their opportunities of career both in the academic and in the non-academic sector. So far, two editions of the Train2Move Career Development Programme have been delivered. All seminars and workshop have been held by national and international professionals in the field, belonging both to public and private sectors, with solid background and a consolidated know-how.
The overall cornerstone of programme communication strategy before, during and after call for proposals has been the programme web site , in which all information regarding the programme and fellows have been openly published.

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