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As well as the core activity of funding joint research projects, EMRP and EMPIR provide opportunities for researcher grants.
As well as addressing grand challenges, EMPIR is also aimed at bridging the gap between countries with emerging metrology systems and those with more developed capabilities. One way of achieving this is via researcher mobility grants.
Researcher mobility grants
Researcher Mobility Grants (RMG) aim to increase the capability of the European metrology researcher community. An RMG provides financial support for a researcher at any stage of their career, to undertake research activities relevant to the associated project objectives.
The RMG researchers might not always have the experience or knowledge of the EMPIR project they are applying to. However, this grant provides the platform for them to learn and develop as scientists, for their employing institutions to further their capacity in metrology and for the EMPIR project to enhance its research objectives.
As well as the core activity of funding Joint Research Projects, EMRP also funded three different types of Researcher Grants to increase and diversify metrology capacities across Europe. The three types of EMRP Researcher Grants that can be associated with EMRP Joint Research Projects are: Researcher Excellence Grants, Researcher Mobility Grants and Early-Stage Researcher Mobility Grants. All the calls for Researcher Grants have now closed.
Researcher Excellence Grants
The aim of the Researcher Excellence Grant (REG) was to enlarge the number of organisations with capacities closely relating to metrology within the EU Member States and FP7 associated countries. A REG provides financial support for an organisation or individual researcher who is capable of making a substantial contribution through research activities relevant to the JRP objectives. The research must be mainly undertaken at a home organisation that is not part of the national metrology systems (i.e. a non NMI / DI organisation). For individual researchers, there was also the opportunity to undertake a period of research based at a guestworking organisation, which is a funded JRP-Partner or REG home organisation located in a different country to the home organisation.
Researcher Mobility Grants
The aim of the Researcher Mobility Grant (RMG) was to increase the capability of the European metrology researcher community. An RMG provides financial support for a researcher at any stage of their career, to undertake research activities relevant to the JRP objectives. This aims to develop the capacity of individuals in metrology. The research must be undertaken at a guestworking organisation, which is a funded JRP-Partner or a REG home organisation located in a different country to the researcher's employer.
RMGs are open to many countries, but EURAMET particularly encourages applications from researchers in EURAMET countries that are not participating in the EMRP: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, and Serbia. This aims to support EURAMET member countries building and extending their capacity in metrology. RMG allowances include research & development allowance, contribution to the guestworking organisation's overhead, living allowance, travel allowance and family allowance (where applicable).
Early-Stage Researcher Mobility Grants
In addition to the aim of the Researcher Mobility Grant, the Early-Stage Researcher Mobility Grant (ESRMG) aimed to ensure sustainability of cooperation between the NMI and DI of the EMRP. An ESRMG provided financial support for a researcher with fewer than four years experience, employed by an NMI or DI from an EU Member State or FP7 associated countries, to undertake research activities relevant to the JRP objectives.
This aimed to prepare the next generation of experienced metrology researchers by building experience of metrology collaborations. The research was undertaken at a guestworking organisation, which was a funded JRP-Partner or a REG home organisation located in a different country to the researcher's employer. ESRMG allowances included research & development allowance, contribution to the guestworking organisation's overhead, living allowance, travel allowance and family allowance (where applicable).
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