Launch of the Connect with Wallonia (C2W) call for projects on December 1st

The C2W Connect with Wallonia call for projects opens this Wednesday, December 1st. This program aims to offer experienced researchers an exceptional opportunity to develop new skills and competencies by implementing a research project with a strong interdisciplinary orientation.

Come 2 Connect with Wallonia is a European postdoctoral program based on incoming mobility (Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND action) open to all research fields. This prgram also includes research training and career development aspects for the selected researchers,.

To put this project on track, the European Commission has released a total funding of 4.5 million euros. A budget from which the UMONS (as coordinating university) and UNamur will benefit. In concrete terms, it will allow them to recruit 30 experienced foreign researchers (post-doctoral fellows) for international mobility for 2 years over the next 5 years.

For the two partner Universities, the objectives are clear: to reinforce their attractiveness to brilliant researchers in international mobility while increasing their visibility to stimulate other funds. This is a real challenge to offer international researchers the best possible conditions of welcome and work within our universities.

Professor Philippe Dubois, Rector of the UMONS: "For the moment, a quarter of our researchers come from foreign countries. With Connect with Wallonia, our goal is to increase this number. Exchanges with other cultures, including scientific ones, are very important for us: they can only be beneficial for the host institution and lab as well as for the researcher concerned. Both parties can learn a lot from each other".

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034383.

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