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Periodic Report Summary 2 - AGREENSKILLSPLUS (AgreenSkills+)

The AgreenSkills+ is an international postdoctoral mobility programme dedicated to postdoctoral researchers who are determined to implement research projects in the fields of life, agricultural, food technology and environmental sciences. The programme, co-financed by the EU FP7 Marie Curie Actions, is coordinated by INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research in collaboration with the Consortium partner, Agreenium IAVFF, the French Agricultural, Veterinary and Forestry Institute and to the benefit of all the 17 Agreenium institution members.
The overall objective of the AgreenSkills+ programme, like its precursor AgreenSkills is to support inventive, promising young researchers from all disciplines to better respond to the current and future challenges in the fields of agriculture, food and environment sciences.
AgreenSkills+ welcomes applications for fellowships from young researchers with up to 7 years of postdoctoral experience and more independent researchers with post-doctoral experience of up to 10 years.
Two types of fellowships are offered:
1. Incoming fellowships for researchers coming from all countries who apply to undertake a research project in one of the Agreenium-IAVFF’ members laboratory in France for a mobility of 12 to 36 months;
2. Outgoing fellowships for researchers employed by one of Agreenium-IAVFF’s members who wish to carry out a research project in a research institution or university abroad, worldwide, for a mobility period of six up to maximum 24 months.
The work performed for the period covered by the present report, from 05/05/2016 to 04/05/2018, was very consistent and the progress and expected potential impact of the AgreenSkills+ programme are already notable.
Since the beginning of this second programming period in May 2016, AgreenSkills+ has organized five standard selection rounds and four short-cycle selection rounds that have resulted in the selection of 96 applications, including 64 for an incoming fellowship and 32 for an outgoing fellowship. In the end, given some resignations on the one hand, and the co-financing capacities of the institutions on the other, 85 applications were retained for funding leading to 78 experienced or independent young researchers being recruited at the date of this report (50 incoming and 28 outgoing fellows).
Active communication and programme dissemination have continuously promoted and encouraged high quality and competitive researchers to apply for an AgreenSkills+ fellowship. The growing number of applications and the increasing proportion of applications of excellent quality pointed out by the Scientific committee, attest to the readability achieved by this program. As an example, during the first selection cycle in 2017, 65 projects were evaluated, of which 23 were selected for funding.

The AgreenSkills programme, as its predecessor AgreenSkills, aims at increasing the research potential and career prospective of the fellows by providing them excellent condition for research as well as networking and training opportunities.
Since 2017, in addition to holding annual meetings, which are an opportunity for Fellows and Alumni to discuss their projects and attend key scientific conferences and training sessions, AgreenSkills + has launched a year-round call in order to answer specific requests of fellows for training on non-scientific skills by helping them in identifying such courses and covering part of their cost.
The AgreenSkills+ programme will end on 5 May 2019. At the end of its last selection round in February 2018, the programme reached about 94% of its final objective in terms of granted person-years, with a total number of126 funded researchers (83 incoming fellows and 43 outgoing fellows).
Contact us:
For general enquiries:
contact@agreenskills.eu
For questions from participants of the programme:
Programme-management@agreenskills.eu
And our website: https://www.agreenskills.eu

Reported by

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France

Subjects

Life Sciences
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