Universities and scientific institutions to share staff

Summary

A new research funding programme will see local universities and the 10 federal scientific institutions ‘sharing’ young researchers A new research funding programme will see local universities and the 10 federal scientific institutions ‘sharing’ young researchers

Best of both worlds

The Flemish government has launched a new research subsidy programme that is to create 125 jobs for young researchers in the next seven years.

The researchers will be funded through the new Fed-Twin programme, which has an annual budget of €12.5 million. They will work for both the federal scientific institutions and local universities.

Former federal state secretary for science policy Elke Sleurs created the initiative in November last year, and the programme was officially launched yesterday by her successor, Zuhal Demir, at the Royal Library in Brussels, one of the 10 federal scientific institutions.

The researchers will be employed half-time by a federal scientific institution and half-time by a local university. The federal government will partially cover the participants’ salaries and working costs, to the tune of €125,000 per researcher for the first five years and €62,500 per year over the next five years. After those 10 years, the funding will come from the federal institutions and universities.

According to Demir, the programme will increase the efficiency of research, as it is easier to streamline research that is carried out both at a federal scientific institution and a university. The universities’ international network should also benefit the federal institutions.

“The universities will bring academic knowhow and international contacts; the federal institutions among others their patrimony and experience in working with the general public,” the federal government said in a statement. “Both types of institutions profit from the programme.”

Because they will have long-term financial support, the researchers will be able to start long-term research projects, expand their network and attract external funding to the universities and federal institutions.
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