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Periodic Report Summary 2 - IMPULSE (CRG International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme in Life Sciences)

ImPuLSe is an International Fellowship Programme for talented young researchers in Life Sciences supported by the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and FP7 Marie Curie Actions – People 2013 COFUND Programme. The Programme aims at enabling outstanding junior scientists of all nationalities to develop a competitive research project in life sciences at CRG,thus promoting the transnational mobility and career perspectives of young scientists in Europe. Fellows benefit from an exciting international scientific environment and an integrated training programme, including access to state of the art infrastructure , lectures and seminars, specialised scientific and technological courses, complementary skills training and career development activities, postdoctoral symposia and retreats, as well as social activities. The selection of the fellows is merit-based, founded on international peer review in an open and transparent selection procedure.

Description of the work performed since the beginning of the project

Two 2 calls were organized to cover 12 three-year competitive fellowships; 7 positions were awarded in the first call (2014) following the recommendation by the external evaluation panel. The call received 59 applications (over 20 nationalities). The second ImPuLSe call in 2015 attacted 58 applications for 5 positons. 5 postdoctoral contracts were awarded by the external panel. Eligible applications were evaluated by an International committee of experts, at a first stage remotely, on a second stage through personal and individual interviews. The evaluation of the applicants has been done following the evaluation criteria as reported in Annex I of the Grant Agreement. Applicants were informed at every moment of the status of their application.
The selected fellows have been employed by CRG in accordance to Spanish legislation and regulations, receiving the benefits of the Spanish Social Security system, holiday leave, special leave. Additional funding to cover relocation expenses has also been provided.

Expected final results and potential impact

The ImPuLSe Programme will strive to produce long-term impact on the selected fellows. The comprehensive training and mobility programme in place will enhance the career prospects of the researchers to attain leading positions, in academia, industry or other sectors, working for example with top-class research groups and/or institutions worldwide with the provision of favourable working conditions, including a more permanent position.
There is a strong evidence in support of the hypothesis that the COFUND Programmes successfully promote international mobility. Most ImPuLSe fellows reported that they would not have been able to do a stay abroad without the support of the Programme. Mobility will enhace the career prospects of the researchers to attain future positions. In addition to the promotion of international mobility, the Impulse Programme also appears to have a positive impact on the research output of its fellows: it is expected that a certain publication output can be attributed to the Impulse Programme by the fact that it provides its fellows with the unique opportunity, services and training to focus entirely on research during their fellowship.

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