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BIO-TALENT Report Summary

Project ID: 621321
Funded under: FP7-REGPOT
Country: Poland

Periodic Report Summary 3 - BIO-TALENT (The creation of the Department of INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY)

Project Context and Objectives:
The BIO-TALENT project is aiming at supporting of the development of international interdisciplinary research department whose activity will bring the top quality research and innovation to the IPG PAS. The overall objective of the BIO-TALENT project is the integration of the IPG-PAS with the European Research Area and strengthening its excellence through fostering human, partnership and technological capacities.
The BIO-TALENT project has six major objectives:
1. Upgrading research policy and enhancing internal and external cooperation
2. Upgrading human capacity through employing experienced researchers and creating a new generation of European researchers
3. Enhancing scientific excellence
4. Upgrading material capacity and research performance through purchasing the most recent software and high-tech equipment
5. Enhancing the Institute’s visibility, cooperation and networking
6. Building up capacity for the improved success rate of the IPG PAS in Horizon 2020

Project Results:
WP3: As a consequence of an intense work on rising funds to support our research we have received 7 research projects from the National Science Center – in total – 1 710 956 €. Numerous co-operations outside of the Institute have been established:
WP4: numerous lectures, seminars and workshops allowed us to upgrade research methodology, aditionally via study visits and training stays new international collaborations have been established.
WP5: altogether 12 articles have been published and the results have been disseminated during 13 conferences, numerous outreach activities have been organised
Potential Impact:
The BIO-TALENT project brings benefits both for research and for economy and society. The actions undertaken within the framework of BIO-TALENT project will have an impact on individual researchers, as well as on the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences and the European Research Area. Moreover, the socio-economic impact may be discussed in terms of regional, national and European aspects.
BIO-TALENT will contribute to the overall objective of the Capacities work programme of "Stimulating the realisation of the full research potential of the enlarged Union by unlocking and developing existing or emerging excellence in the EU's Convergence regions and Outermost regions, and helping to strengthen the potential of their researchers to successfully participate in research activities at European Union level" by creating an interdisciplinary Department of Integrative Plant Biology chaired by a leading researcher (ERA Chair holder) and comprising an international team of high-quality researchers. Moreover, BIO-TALENT will also contribute to the overall objective of the KBBE work programme of "Building a European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy" by pulling together science and industry as well as stakeholders and policy makers. Thus, this project will address social and economic challenges listed in the Europe 2020 strategy.
The BIO-TALENT project will address this impact through various activities leading to the enhancement of research excellence and increase in research competitiveness.Such activities as exchange of best practice, know-how and experience, twinning, networking and intersectoral secondments will significantly contribute to the quality of research performed at the Institute of Plant Genetics PAS. Moreover, international and intersectoral cooperation as well as integrated approach to research together with the international composition of the BIO-TALENT team will lead the Institute to the position of an active player in Horizon 2020. Additionally, The BIO-TALENT project proposes an innovative BioTech unit and the position of Innovation Broker within the Department of Integrative Plant Biology. Research and innovation are fundamental drivers of competitiveness, jobs, sustainable growth and social progress as the Innovative Union initiative states. Therefore, a close co-operation between academia and industry planned in this project will lead to the increase of innovation potential, finally -resulting in sustainable economic growth. The BIO-TALENT will unlock the potential of researchers and management staff to be more involved in the activities and interactions of the “knowledge triangle”.
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