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Are you keen to broaden your horizons by working abroad – have you considered a EURAMET Researcher Mobility Grant?
What is a Research Mobility Grant?
The aim of the Researcher Mobility Grant (RMG) is to increase the capabilities of the European metrology researcher community by enabling mobility between EURAMET Members and Associated Members (National Metrology Institutes and Designated Institutes).
An RMG provides financial support for a researcher at any stage of their career to undertake research activities relevant to the objectives of a Joint Research Project (JRP) within the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR).
Advantages of a Researcher Mobility Grant
The Researcher Mobility Grant provides a platform for researchers to learn and develop as scientists and be part of the EURAMET community, for the home institutions to improve their capacity in metrology and for the EMPIR project to extend its research objectives. The research must be undertaken at a guest-working organisation, which is an internal funded JRP-Partner located in a different country to the researcher's employer.
Researchers receive reasonable allowances for covering cost of travel and their stay at the host institution. The duration of a Researcher Mobility Grant is between 1 and 18 months.
RMG Call 2020
This summer the call for Researcher Mobility Grants will be launched for grants attached to running projects of EMPIR calls 2017, 2018 and 2019, with the earliest expected start of grants at the beginning of 2021.
Although the call for Researcher Mobility Grants will be launched on 29 June 2020, interested parties should act now: Representatives of possible guest-working institutions, institutes willing to send a researcher and interested researchers should contact EURAMET's Capacity Building Officer Tanasko Tasić to discuss potential research topics before 30 April 2020.
Available funding for RMGs in 2020 call will enable 100 people-months for researchers’ stay at guest-working institutions (for example, 20 researchers receiving 5 months of mobility grant on average each).
Feedback from previous Researcher Mobility Grants
Research Mobility Grants from the last four calls years have enabled:
54 RMG contracts for researchers from 25 institutions in 19 countries to visit 18 institutions in 10 countries. The total duration of these Grants was 235 months, working on 32 EMPIR projects.
Danijel Šestan, Researcher at HMI (Croatia) said:
‘During my Researcher Mobility Grant at SMD (Belgium) I was working on the development of a numerical model to determine the influence of meteorological screens on errors in air temperature measurement. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with many great colleagues. The knowledge and experience gained is very useful for my work in other EMPIR projects and for giving lectures at university’.
Andrea Merlone, INRIM (Italy) and JRP-Coordinator (ENV07 MeteoMet, ENV58 MeteoMet2 and 18NRM03 INCIPIT) is convinced of the RMGs. He said
‘During the projects on metrology for climate, we included five researchers via Researcher Mobility Grants. The RMGs allowed them to gain experience in a new area, work in advanced laboratories and be involved in the project activities. The project benefited from their additional work: more detailed data analysis, high quality modelling and investigating further aspects of the project's deliverables. It was a very positive experience.’
Impact from Research Mobility Grants:
Some of the many impacts include:
- development of scientific expertise of visiting researchers in their technical areas
- visiting researchers gained significant experience in JRP participation
- some of the visiting researchers started coordinating projects
- many services developed or improved in researchers home institutes using knowledge gained during the RMG
- significantly increased professional networks, guaranteeing for future joint projects across the EURMAET landscape.
EMPIR projects are co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the EMPIR Participating States.
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