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2013

Call for Biocenter Finland technology platform support for 2014–2016

Call CLOSED on April 15, 2013.

Biocenter Finland (BF) is a distributed national research infrastructure, structured as technology platforms providing research services. This BF call is for technology platform support for 2014–2016. In this period the participating universities (Helsinki, Eastern Finland, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Åbo Akademi) have agreed with Ministry of Education to continue to support BF activities that were built up during 2010–12 with earmarked funding.

 

The call has two aims: (1) maintenance and improvement of competitive current technology platforms and (2) identify and support new platforms. Thereby applications are invited from current or new technology platforms providing national level services; existing technology platforms will also be evaluated on track record based on 2010–12 reporting.

 

The international evaluation of applications is being organized in Helsinki on June 10-11, 2013. The applications must be submitted to bf-biocenter(at) helsinki.fi by April 15, 2013. Late applications will not be considered. Call CLOSED on April 15, 2013.

 

BF Technology platform support 2014-2016 (pdf)

 

2011

Biocenter Finland international visitor program for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees - 2nd call

Call CLOSED October 7th, 2011

Background: In the memorandum “Restructuring and Development of Biosciences in Finland” internationalization of doctoral training programs was recognized as one of the areas requiring support from Biocenter Finland. In particular, Finnish universities have established ambitious goals to significantly increase the number of foreign students. Therefore a systematic approach to promote international visibility of the Biocenters and, by this means recruit high-quality graduate students to Finland was seen as an important undertaking. To achieve this, Biocenter Finland agreed to establish a novel international visitor program for graduate students seeking to enter doctoral training programs and for foreign postdoctoral researchers in Finnish Biocenters. The start-up program does not compete with the current graduate schools/doctoral training programs in the Biocenter campuses; rather, it will provide them access to pre-selected international graduate students and help them to recruit international scholars. At the postdoctoral level the program is expected to facilitate international recruitment of postdocs to Finland.

 

Description of the program: Funding is targeted to support short (6 month – 1 year) visits of prospective doctoral trainees from abroad who are interested in conducting research in Finnish Biocenters and in obtaining a doctoral degree in Finnish Biocenter Universities. Funding can also be used for short (6 month – 1 year) visits of postdoctoral scientists into research groups in Finnish Biocenters. In the second category, we expect at least 2 years of research experience in an international world-class institution.

 

The Board of Biocenter Finland has allocated funds to each of the seven partner Biocenters (Biocentrum Helsinki, Institute of Biotechnology and Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine FIMM in Helsinki; Biocenter Kuopio at the University of Eastern Finland; Biocenter Oulu at the University of Oulu; Institute of Biomedical Technology IBT at the Unversity of Tampere; and BioCity Turku, a joint Biocenter of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University). Research groups in the partner Biocenters are invited to identify and propose qualifying individuals to the Director of the local Biocenter. The funding period may vary between 6 months and one year, but must end before the end of December 2012. Biocenter Finland funds can cover up to 50% of the individual’s salary for the appointment period. The Director of the local Biocenter may also decide to fund the visitor through a grant. Should the Biocenter Finland international visitor wish to continue doctoral training in Finland, he/she has a possibility to apply for a 4-year position in one of the doctoral training programs in participating Biocenters or when appropriate apply for Finnish/European postdoctoral fellowships. A list of participating research groups can be found at:

 

http://www.biocenter.fi/index.php?page=research-groups

 

Eligibility: The Biocenter Finland international visitor program is open to prospective doctoral trainees and postdoctoral researchers living abroad (minimally for the past two years) and interested in conducting research in Finnish Biocenters. Postdoctoral researchers must have obtained their doctoral degree no more than five years before the date of application.

 

Schedule: Biocenter Finland can currently commit funding to research career development up to Dec 31, 2012. The requested funding period can start on November 1, 2011, or any time thereafter. The call is open immediately, and the application deadline is September 30, 2011. Note: The period for applying has been extended to October 7, 2011 (updated on September 2, 2011).

 

Instructions for applicants: Applications are prepared jointly by the recruit and a research group at a member Biocenter. Prospective doctoral trainees and postdoctoral researchers interested in this funding scheme are encouraged to contact Biocenters directly from the link provided.

 

The following documents must be included in the application:

 

1) A signed cover letter (one page maximum) stating the period of funding, the percentage applied for from Biocenter Finland funds, and the estimated total salary. The letter should also confirm that the rest of the visitor’s salary is secured from the receiving research group or other sources. The statement from the host group should describe how the candidate’s proposed research will integrate into the existing activities of the group including any links to the technology platforms supported by Biocenter Finland.

 

2) A short letter of motivation from the foreign graduate (max. 1 page).

 

3) Curriculum vitae including a list of publications of the visitor for whom funding is applied for (max 2 pages).

 

4) Research plan (max. 3 pages).

 

Include the documents described above, in the order specified, combined into a single pdf file. The application is signed by the principal investigator and should be submitted directly to the Director of the participating Biocenter.


 

Bioscience technology platform grants 2011

Call CLOSED June 10th, 2011

The international evaluation of new proposals for technology platforms and emerging technologies is being organized in Helsinki, on August 22-23, 2011. The applications must be submitted to: bf-biocenter(at) helsinki.fi by 16.00 hours on June 10th, 2011. Late applications will not be considered.

 

Bioscience technology platform grants 2011 (pdf)

 

Midterm evaluation of BF technology platforms

The international evaluation of the BF technology platforms is being organized in Helsinki, on August 22-23, 2011. The midterm report must be submitted by Friday, June 10, 2011.

 

BF technology platform midterm reporting instructions 2011 (pdf)

 

2010

October 27, 2010

Biocenter Finland international visitor program for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees

Call CLOSED December 31st, 2010

Background: In the memorandum “Restructuring and Development of Biosciences in Finland” internationalization of doctoral training programs was recognized as one of the areas requiring support from Biocenter Finland. In particular, Finnish universities have established ambitious goals to significantly increase the number of foreign students. Therefore a systematic approach to promote international visibility of the Biocenters and, by this means recruit high-quality graduate students to Finland was seen as an important undertaking. To achieve this, Biocenter Finland agreed to establish a novel international visitor program for graduate students seeking to enter doctoral training programs and for foreign postdoctoral researchers in Finnish Biocenters. The start-up program does not compete with the current graduate schools/doctoral training programs in the Biocenter campuses; rather, it will provide them access to pre-selected international graduate students and help them to recruit international scholars. At the postdoctoral level the program is expected to facilitate international recruitment of postdocs to Finland.

 

Description of the program: Funding is targeted to support short (6 month – 1 year) visits of prospective doctoral trainees from abroad who are interested in conducting research in Finnish Biocenters and in obtaining a doctoral degree in Finnish Biocenter Universities. Funding can also be used for short (6 month – 1 year) visits of postdoctoral scientists into research groups in Finnish Biocenters. In the second category, we expect at least 2 years of research experience in an international world-class institution.

 

The Board of Biocenter Finland has allocated funds to each of the seven partner Biocenters (Biocentrum Helsinki, Institute of Biotechnology and Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine FIMM in Helsinki; Biocenter Kuopio at the University of Eastern Finland; Biocenter Oulu at the University of Oulu; Institute for Medical Technology IMT at the Unversity of Tampere; and BioCity Turku, a joint Biocenter of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University). Research groups in the partner Biocenters are invited to identify and propose qualifying individuals to the Director of the local Biocenter. The funding period may vary between 6 months and one year, but must end before the end of December 2012. Biocenter Finland funds can cover up to 50% of the individual’s salary for the appointment period. The Director of the local Biocenter may also decide to fund the visitor through a grant. Should the Biocenter Finland international visitor wish to continue doctoral training in Finland, he/she has a possibility to apply for a 4-year position in one of the doctoral training programs in participating Biocenters or when appropriate apply for Finnish/European postdoctoral fellowships. A list of participating research groups can be found at:

 

http://www.biocenter.fi/index.php?page=research-groups

 

Eligibility: The Biocenter Finland international visitor program is open to prospective doctoral trainees and postdoctoral researchers living abroad (minimally for the past two years) and interested in conducting research in Finnish Biocenters. Postdoctoral researchers must have obtained their doctoral degree no more than five years before the date of application.

 

Schedule: Biocenter Finland can currently commit funding to research career development up to Dec 31, 2012. The requested funding period can start on January 1, 2011, or any time thereafter. The call is open immediately, and the first application deadline is December 31, 2010. A further call is planned for the fall of 2011.

 

Instructions for applicants:

Applications are prepared jointly by the recruit and a research group at a member Biocenter. Prospective doctoral trainees and postdoctoral researchers interested in this funding scheme are encouraged to contact Biocenters directly from the link provided.

 

The following documents must be included in the application:

 

1) A signed cover letter (one page maximum) stating the period of funding, the percentage applied for from Biocenter Finland funds, and the estimated total salary. The letter should also confirm that the rest of the visitor’s salary is secured from the receiving research group or other sources. The statement from the host group should describe how the candidate’s proposed research will integrate into the existing activities of the group including any links to the technology platforms supported by Biocenter Finland.

 

2) A short letter of motivation from the foreign graduate (max. 1 page).

 

3) Curriculum vitae including a list of publications of the visitor for whom funding is applied for (max 2 pages).

 

4) Research plan (max. 3 pages).

 

Include the documents described above, in the order specified, combined into a single pdf file. The application is signed by the principal investigator and is to be submitted directly to the Director of the participating Biocenter.

 

June 14, 2010
Call for applications

Provision of support to research career development in biocenters

Call CLOSED August 31st, 2010


Background: In the memorandum “Restructuring and Development of Biosciences in Finland” research career development is recognized as one of the key areas requiring support from Biocenter Finland funds. The transition from the first principal investigator (group leader) position (such as the five-year Academy Research Fellow position) to a position that requires financial commitment from the organization and permits a successful principal investigator to continue his/her work is seen as the greatest challenge in research career development in Finland.


Based on the recommendations in the memorandum, Biocenter Finland proposes to address this issue by its program for personalized support to research career development in biosciences. The second purpose of the program is to strengthen the infrastructures and technology platforms of Biocenter Finland.

 

Description of the programme: Two types of research career schemes can be funded.

(1) Biocenter Finland can support talented young principal investigators with excellent track records whose fixed-term appointments (e.g. Academy Research Fellows or equivalent positions) are coming to their end. The partner biocenters are invited to identify and propose qualifying individuals to the Board of Biocenter Finland for shared funding of the principal investigator’s salary for a period up to December 2012. Typically, Biocenter Finland can cover up to 50% of the individual’s salary for the appointment period. As the focus of Biocenter Finland funding schemes is on infrastructure networks and technology platforms, it is important that individuals to be funded can clearly demonstrate this aspect in their current and future career. The applicant biocenter should also clearly describe how the candidate’s proposed research will integrate to the existing technology platforms receiving funding from Biocenter Finland or help establish a new emerging technology area, and confirm that the rest of the investigator’s salary is secured from other sources.

(2) Funding can also be applied for recruitment of scientists living abroad to bring expertise in novel technologies to Finland in key areas where gaps in expertise currently exist. In these cases, 50-100% coverage of the person’s salary and a relevant start-up package for the first 2 years may be provided. To ensure that the required working environment is available, also these proposals should be submitted by the partner biocenters.

 

Schedule: Biocenter Finland can currently commit to funding of research career development up to Dec 31, 2012 only. The requested funding period can start on 1st November, 2010, or any time thereafter. The call is open immediately, and the application deadline is August 31st, 2010.

 

Instructions for applicants: Biocenter is the official applicant, and each application should be signed both by the director of the biocenter and the person for whom the funding is intended. If you are interested in this funding scheme, please first contact the director of the appropriate biocenter (see the list of biocenters).

 

Include the following documents:

1) The application should include a signed cover letter (one page maximum) stating the period of funding, the percentage applied from Biocenter Finland, and the estimated total salary. The letter should also confirm that the rest of the investigator’s salary is secured from the biocenter or other sources.

2) A statement from the host biocenter describing how the candidate’s proposed research will integrate to the existing technology platforms receiving funding from Biocenter Finland or help establish a new emerging technology area (max. 1 page).

3) Curriculum vitae of the applicant (max 3 pages), which clearly shows how the applicant fulfills the criteria for this funding program.

4) List of publications (include max. 25 publications, which can also include patents or patent applications).

5) Research plan of the applicant (max. 5 pages). Include the documents described above, in the order specified, combined into a single pdf file.

 

The applications are to be submitted to bf-biocenter (at) helsinki.fi, by August 31st, 2010, before midnight. *Note: Call CLOSED*.

 

 

2009

Bioscience technology platform grants, 2009

Instructions (doc) 2009

Further information:
Director's presentation (pdf) (BF info May 2009)
Coordinator's presentation (pdf) (BF info May 2009)
Ministry of Education on Biosciences (pdf) (BF info May 2009)

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