Invitation for Research Managers and Administrators (RMAs) to apply for a Study Visit organized by NCP_WIDERA.NET project

NCP_WIDERA.Net, the EU-funded project of the network of National Contact Points for Widening Participation and Strengthening of the European Research Area – WIDERA of Horizon Europe (Project no. 101055286), foresees three-day Study Visits to leading research-based organisations from Spain, Germany, Italy and Finland addressed to promising research managers and administrators* (RMAs) from Widening countries**.

The rationale of Study Visits

The main aim of Study Visits is to provide promising research managers and administrators (RMAs) with diverse professional experience (less and more experienced) from Widening countries the opportunity to access excellent practices and networks, by visiting leading research-based organisations with a view of taking valuable lessons learnt “home” to their host institutions for better support of their communities.

research policy advisers, research managers, financial support staff, data stewards, research infrastructure operators, knowledge transfer officers, business developers, knowledge brokers, and innovation managers, according to WIDERA WP 2022-2023, page 115.

Member states: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

Associated countries to Horizon Europe: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo 2, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia, Ukraine, Faroe Islands

Outermost regions of Portugal and Spain, and France.

3rd Study Visit: Joint Study Visit by four Host organisations in Barcelona at the cross-section of Health and Environment

Four Spanish research institutes based in Barcelona awarded with the Severo Ochoa Accreditation of Excellence jointly organize a single study visit for the NCP_WIDERA.NET project.

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Date: 26-28 June 2024

Deadline for applications: 31/05/2024

The participating institutes are:

1. Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Research Support Office: Ocean Science for a Healthy Planet – HOME | Institut de Ciències del Mar

2. Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA – CSIC), EU Programmes and Fundraising Office: IDAEA – Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research

3. Fundació Privada Institut de Salut Global (ISGlobal), Pre-award department:

4. Fundació Privada Vall d’Hebron Institut d’Oncologia (VHIO), Scientific Management Area.

No of participants (RMAs): 25

Desired experience from RMAs: The study visit targets professionals involved or interested in the management of research projects or any other aspect related to support the activity of research institutions (including universities), ideally from the health and natural environment research and innovation areas. This opportunity offers applicants a chance to enhance their institution’s international leadership and capacity to engage in competitive international funding calls.

Benefits for visiting RMAs & Objectives of the joint study visit

The primary benefits include facilitating access to excellent practices in research approaches and management, enhancing organizational processes, fostering networking, and exploring opportunities for mutual collaboration.

More specifically, the programme of the joint study visit will focus on the following:

    • Introduction to the 2 models of the research organizations involved, namely CSIC, a centralized organization and iCERCA, independent research institutes
    • Pre-award offices/management overview of the 4 co-hosts (strategy, internal organization, tools, processes, etc.)
    • Experiences of the 4 co-hosts in successfully awarded Horizon Europe projects
    • Screening of funding opportunities under Horizon Europe: Clusters andMissions programme of Pillar II and the WIDERA programme, in health and natural environment research and innovation
    • Exploration of multidisciplinary collaborations
    • Possible visits to co-hosts

    The departments of fundraising, knowledge transfer and international programmes will participate in this joint study visit. More specifically, experts such as pre-award managers, grant writers, experts in international calls, impact officers as well as scientific managers will exchange good practices and network with visitors.

    Information about Host Organisations