Senior academics from Imperial college and TUM

European Talent Academy Networking and Training opportunity with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano)

Applications

The applications deadline was 12 November 2021, and this call is now closed.  We expect to launch another call in autumn 2022.

Application form (link to form is here)

Call to participate in European Talent Academy Networking and Training opportunity with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and The Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano)

Imperial probationary lecturers, postdoctoral researchers who are 3+ years post-PhD, and independent fellows whose research connects to the theme/challenge of ‘Artificial Intelligence as a key enabling technology to empower society: A European approach on excellence and trust to boost research’ are invited to apply for this one-year programme of virtual and in-person (in Brussels) workshops.

Participation offers the opportunity to:

  • Connect with other Imperial, Poli Milano, and TUM early career researchers doing work in similar research areas and form important networks for future collaboration.
  • Attend training and gain information about research funding available to support UK-EU research collaborations.
  • Meet policymakers and others connected to EU research funding and gain insights into how funding decisions are made.
  • Start thinking early in careers about accessing research funding to support career and research goals.
  • Seed potential Horizon Europe proposals.

Background

Imperial and TUM formed a strategic partnership in 2018.  As entrepreneurial universities focused on science and technology and with strong connections to industry, Imperial and TUM are well-positioned to collaborate for the benefit of both universities. A number of programmes have emerged from this partnership including a Joint Academy of Doctoral Studies, research collaboration funds to support blue skies research, an education seed fund to support innovative virtual education programmes, and a joint Mathematical Sciences Hub

One goal of this partnership is to develop programmes that support early career researchers at both universities in establishing UK-EU networks of talented researchers and innovators. 

TUM launched the European Talent Academy in 2020-21 with the research theme of ‘Climate change and energy research post Covid-19 – can the European Commission’s Green Deal deliver the right support to the research community?’ Eighteen researchers from TUM and Imperial paricipated in a series of virtual workshops (workshops were moved online due to travel restrictions).

The programme in 2021-2022 engages a key third partner, Politecnico di Milano.


Theme for 2021/22

To guarantee that participants come from similar research fields and that the presented funding instruments are tailored to their needs and interests, the European Talent Academy will be based on an annual challenge / topic. This also will give the possibility to integrate match-making sessions at the end of the Talent Academy to explore collaboration and joint projects.

The theme for 2021-22 is: ‘Artificial Intelligence as a key enabling technology to empower society: A European approach on excellence and trust to boost research.’  Applicants must be working in research areas connected to this theme to apply to the programme for 2021.

The 2020/2021 thematic challenge was: ‘Climate change and energy research post Covid-19 – can the European Commission’s Green Deal deliver the right support to the research community?’


Programme and Timeline

The programme will consist of two virtual workshops and an in-person workshop in Brussels.  Should travel not be possible, the in-person workshop will be redesigned to be delivered virtually. Program dates and delivery may change depending on circumstances and applicant availability.  Imperial provides support for people with caring and other responsibilities to help them attend professional training programmes, but should applicants be unable to join an in-person workshop, we will facilitate virtual participation and/or make content available online to facilitate access to the whole programme.

  • Application Call Opens: 22 October 2021
  • Application Deadline: 12 November 2021
  • Kick-off Part 1 (introduction to the European Talent Academy, policy context; getting to know peers, research pitches): 10 December 2021 (virtual)
  • Kick-off Part 2 (getting to know peers, research pitches) 11 March 2022 (virtual)
  • 2-Day Workshop in Brussels (EU research policy, funding opportunities and meeting peers): 12-13 May 2022

How to Apply and Who is Eligible

  • Imperial Independent Fellows, Post-doctoral researchers who are 3+ years post-PhD, and Probationary Lecturers whose contracts with Imperial are active until December 2022, and whose research connects to the theme for this year are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must commit to exploring EU research collaboration and funding opportunities.
  • Applicants should ideally discuss their intent to participate in this programme with their research leads or line managers.
  • Apply by the deadline of 12 November 2021 by submitting an online application form.

The PFDC and the International Relations Office will be monitoring the expressions of interest. In order to offer the opportunity to a wide range of people, if you have been put forward for previous programs (eg. World Economic Forum, Wilbe Ventures course, Broadening horizons) you will not be eligible to apply.

Workshop Funding

  • Up to 7 Imperial participants will be selected for this programme to participate with TUM and Poli Milano counterparts.
  • Imperial will pay for train travel, meals and accommodation (according to College guidance on overseas travel rates) for Imperial participants to attend two-day workshop in Brussels.
  • Should travel not be possible, funding may be reallocated to support virtual delivery of this programme to participants.